Your (Artistic) Squad
Getting to college, much like raising children, takes a village. While you might think your successes are the result of your dashing good looks, it’s more than likely that you have a support team that has helped you along the way. Here are a few of my biggest supporters and favorite team members!
This one’s obvious. My parents have been the guiding force through it all. Getting to Juilliard involved a lot of work on my part, but also a lot of work on my parent’s part. (It’s like they say: behind every musician is the musician’s mom frantically trying to carpool, make lunch, and fly her kid across the country for their Juilliard audition). My parents provided a lot of support and encouragement throughout.
Everyone’s got one. It’s your go-to music maker. Mine was a fabulous collaborative pianist from home who coached me relentlessly throughout high school and especially during my senior year of high school. This person will help you through everything from recoding audition videos of actually accompanying you to your audition (in my case, he played several of my auditions). Every musician needs someone like this.
My Voice Teachers
In this case, I had two. The first was my actual voice teacher and the second was a voice coach I saw often. These people are your artistic support and reminder team who help you keep your instrument healthy and in-check. Through good and bad, through health and strep throat, they are the go-to people when it comes to your voice.
Favorite School Teacher
You know who I’m talking about. The one teacher who is straddling the line between teacher and BFF. Someone you go to for advice, rant sessions, and academic help while you’re still in high school. This person makes everything a little more bearable in those miserable final weeks of high school.