Category: Performing

My Unconventional Quest For the Perfect Coach

  I was catching up with a friend the other day, and she was asking me about the coaching work I’ve been doing over the past couple of years.    “So, are you a career coach, or a life coach?”    And…hmmmm… It got… Continue Reading “My Unconventional Quest For the Perfect Coach”

Progress Stalled Out? Here’s How to Reach Your Goals Faster (Without Burning Out)

  In all of my research into productivity, personal and professional growth, and coaching, I’ve found two general schools of thought when it comes to making progress on something:    Slow and steady wins the race.  Go Big or Go Home.    But the… Continue Reading “Progress Stalled Out? Here’s How to Reach Your Goals Faster (Without Burning Out)”

It’s Time to Kon-Mari Our Careers

March of 2020: Performances were canceled mid-rehearsal cycle. Some managed to pay the musicians. Most did not. That seemed horribly unfair.    May 2020: Still no gigs, and all summer concerts, camps, and festivals canceled. With no work for the foreseeable future, musicians were… Continue Reading “It’s Time to Kon-Mari Our Careers”

Welcome to Your Experimental Year

Well, here we are! Another Labor Day.   Whether your school year started in August, or will in the coming days, Labor Day Weekend always signifies the official end of summer and the beginning of fall.    Last year, though….it all kind of blurred… Continue Reading “Welcome to Your Experimental Year”

5 Ways to Gain More Career Clarity

  Searching for my ideal work/life situation has been a long process for me. From orchestral player to freelancer to recitalist, to teacher, to coach, etc. I have basically made a career out of experimenting with shifting balances and jobs until I found just… Continue Reading “5 Ways to Gain More Career Clarity”

How to Turn a Rejection Into a Win

  As a high school musician growing up outside of Chicago, one of the coveted “wins” was to be a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Young Artists competition.  After the prelims, you’d stay at home, waiting for the phone to ring with the news… Continue Reading “How to Turn a Rejection Into a Win”

The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 1)

(This is the first in a 5-part series)   Last week, inside the Tales From The Lane Facebook Group, I hosted a 3-day training on how musicians can take advantage of the opportunities presented by our current circumstances to re-write not only their careers… Continue Reading “The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 1)”

What Makes You A Musician?

There is a question commonly asked amongst people in the Armenian diaspora: What makes someone Armenian? You see, just over 100 years ago, and throughout history (and into this week, sadly) Armenians have been displaced from their homeland and have spread out all over… Continue Reading “What Makes You A Musician?”

This Was the Moment That Changed Everything For Me.

April 2020 was a strange month for me. (I know, I know, but hear me out)   In January, I had started working with my business coach, Jennifer Rosenfeld, in her group program.  It had a hefty price tag–hefty enough to give one pause–but… Continue Reading “This Was the Moment That Changed Everything For Me.”

The One Question I Always Get Asked

And Why the Answer Makes Me Uncomfortable.    It’s usually the 3rd or 4th question in a post-concert Q&A session.  The first ones are always about how I chose my program, which of the pieces was my favorite, if I worked closely with the… Continue Reading “The One Question I Always Get Asked”