Category: Performing

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”

The September Reset

It’s Labor Day! Hard to believe we have been through 6 months of COVID-19. Take a deep breath, and pat yourself on the back. You have been a total rockstar. Adjusting and adapting to a new work-life, new home-life, dealing with lockdowns, canceled vacations,… Continue Reading “The September Reset”

The Great Reframing: or, why I am suddenly grateful that all of my concerts this year have been canceled due to COVID-19.

  One of the teaching jobs I had, while I was a freelancing cellist, was at a private school. I conducted the orchestra and string ensembles, ran the chamber music program, and taught cello lessons. After a few years of my poking my nose… Continue Reading “The Great Reframing: or, why I am suddenly grateful that all of my concerts this year have been canceled due to COVID-19.”

Permission Granted

Not that you need it, but you seem to be asking for it anyway. I see you, my friend. You’re an incredible musician. Thoughtful, dedicated. You went to the right schools and survived the years of practicing 6-8 hours a day in order to… Continue Reading “Permission Granted”

Canceled by Coronavirus: Will the Show Go On?

What do we musicians do when public health concerns shutter our performances and make travel risky? As I write this, the concern over contracting the COVID-19 virus has gone from “If you or someone close to you have traveled recently to China” to a… Continue Reading “Canceled by Coronavirus: Will the Show Go On?”

Why You Need to Stop Waiting for the Phone to Ring

It was that day that I stopped waiting for “someone” to call me up and I just started finding my own concerts.  I researched them, I created them, I made them happen.  Did I make mistakes along the way? Of course.  Did I learn a lot about how to do it? Of course.  That’s how it works.