Entries by OGibbles02

5 Ways to Reduce Your Cynicism PSP 09

We have a confession: We may look like happy smiley people, but we are actually highly critical and cynical. And it’s not just us. You don’t have to look far in the classical music world to see the cynicism and pessimism.

So, is cynicism just part of becoming an advanced musician? Or is it detrimental to becoming a top-notch musician.

The Per Service podcast hosts discuss these issues, and arrive at 5 simple things we can do to avoid becoming a cynical musician.

Rejection: How do I move on? (PSP 08)

Today we’re digging into Rejection. It’s not a lighthearted topic, and one that’s not very comfortable to talk about. But that is why we’re here. Because all of us have been there.

We invite you to sit in on our conversation as we discuss why it’s such a big deal, and then some of the things we can do to pick ourselves back up after facing rejection in both college auditions or professional auditions.

But your mindset going into an audition has a lot to do with how you feel after it’s over.

PSP 07 Hard Work vs. Talent? Who Cares?

Hard Work Vs. Talent. Which is more important? Or is it possible that we’re forgetting about way more important aspects? Also, why does it matter? If you were more talented would you watch more Netflix?

These are some of the topics we get into by digging into Jessica Wiersma’s story, our 4th in our series of introducing ourselves.

You can learn more at www.perservice.co/7

Persisting when you’ve lost motivation (PSP 06)

Finding the motivation and drive to practice and improve is hard enough when you’re feeling inspired. But what do you do when your family moves away from your great teacher, or you literally don’t have the strength to hold your instrument up?

These are just two of the challenges that Anna has faced while battling a chronic illness since undergrad. But she hasn’t let that define her playing.

“I’ve had to continue in persistence, and conjure up a form motivation, even if the circumstances are bogging me down. Every year or two, something big happens that gets in the way of my plans as a musician. And I could choose to walk away from it, but I can’t let go of it. Even when I’m not feeling motivated, I have to keep going. Persisting even if the motivation is not there… cause sometimes the music on its own is not enough.” -Anna

Pursuing Your Curiosities (PSP 04)

How do you know if being a musician is the only thing you were meant to do? Today we dig deeper into Michael’s story about why he stuck with music despite trying different careers and jobs. We talk about the “Turd Sandwich” of being a musician, our desire for autonomy vs. being a cog in the machine, and getting started as a freelance musician. Show notes: www.perservice.co/4

Why We Quit Music, and Why We Stick With It (PSP 01)

Welcome to our first episode of the Per Service Podcast. We start at the very beginning. Why do we play music? Why did you start, and why do you stick with it? When we started discussing it, we found it was easier to start with all the reasons why we don’t quit – or to put it another way: What are the reasons why people quit?
Show notes at www.perservice.co/1