What Juilliard Means to Me
As true artists, we walk a fine line between understood and misunderstood, the latter usually being the case. Sure, we would like to be accepted, but sometimes, being different creates a cool mystery. Our brains and hearts carry so much more information than what we are biologically. An artist’s brain and heart carry collectively who one is.
As artists, we are different from the norm, and at the same time, we find interest in the differences and similarities. It is what keeps us inspired. Even within the comparatively minute artistic continuum, we artists gather inspiration from one another. How can I find my excellence within this excellent piece of art that my fellow artist has created?
This is how I feel whenever I witness my fellow Juilliard artists perform. This is by no means an egotistical process. It is more of a type of self-exploration, a means to find a way to show respect to the art and the performer in a more personal way than just a simple “thank you” or “congratulations.” If we are all inspired by each other’s art, then we can take art as a whole to a higher, yet more personal, level. And that is why we are at Juilliard…to grow together. To me, Juilliard is a rare opportunity to grow. I get to grow at a deeper level (if that makes any sense) through being surrounded by artists who are both understood and misunderstood, just like me. Understand?