Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical podcast is an ongoing series of provocative interviews with musicians who are pioneering a new path in the classical music genre. I dig into musician's lives who have made an often risky move towards forging a unique path and creating a different kind of music career for themselves. This is particularly challenging in a field where the conventional approach is seeking employment in an orchestra. Join me and learn how others are redefining a thriving classical music career.
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Crushing Classical: Redefining A Thriving Music Career

Jul 29, 2017

On this episode, you will learn:

- The most *critical* money advice for classical musicians that you can implement immediately

- The ins and outs of active and passive income...and how to *immediately* get started building BOTH no matter where you are in your life/career right now

- The most logical first step toward wealth that you probably aren't doing (or thinking about) soon enough

- The best way to get out of "survival mode" (if that's where you are) and begin building an abundant future for yourself

- The automatic 1% advantage you possess as a classical musician...that you AREN'T applying to other important areas of your life...and it's costing you!

- and so much more


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Christy Barilotti

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Jul 23, 2017

On the show today we cover:

- Why it's so important to "double down" (vs. relax) once you've achieved something

- The minimum amount of income you should strive to earn when you are first starting out as a freelancer (i.e. business owner)

- Why creating a unique career is particularly challenging in the classical music world vs. the business world

- What "legacy work" is, why it matters and how to uncover YOURS

- and much more


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Jul 20, 2017
- Why having an inflated sense of how good you are at a particular thing can actually catapult your unique career in classical music
- The MOST important thing to do anytime you collaborate with others (it either makes or breaks the collaboration)
- How to know for sure whether a 9-5 job with a paycheck is right for you (it's not right for everyone BUT it's right for some!)
- The meaning of "leverage" and why it's so important when you are growing your career
- and much more
Jul 16, 2017

On the show today we cover:

- How Curtis Institute is taking a groundbreaking and holistic approach to classical career creation socially and entrepreneurially
- The biggest mistake you're making right now when it comes to truly connecting with your audience
- The #1 thing you MUST consider before EVER saying yes to any orchestral job you win
- Why you can't rely on luminaries like Yo Yo Ma to forge the future of classical music (and why you're suited for it as well or better than they are)
- The two most dangerous assumptions classical musicians tend to make when it comes to their undergraduate and graduate educations
...and much more
To find out more about Mary Javian and the program at Curtis:
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Jul 12, 2017

What we talk about:

Jennet Ingle: Seeing Opportunity So You Can Monetize What You Love


- How to uncover opportunities for income streams that are literally sitting right in front of you (this will certainly surprise you)


- The most effective ways to take what is merely an idea and make it a REALITY


- How to become a powerful negotiator so you can live life on YOUR terms (Hint: There's a two letter word you don't use nearly enough)


- How to see your way through a situation where you think you're "stuck" and turn it into an income opportunity AND the best thing that ever happened to you


- How to learn and perfect the art of GROWING your work so it keeps paying you more and better each and every year


...and much more


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Jul 9, 2017

Here’s what we cover:


- The #1 thing stopping you from moving beyond wherever you are right now (and what to do about it)


- Why you rarely act on the great advice you're given (that you know could change EVERYTHING for you)...and how to alter that behavior in yourself


- Why ignoring what you KNOW is true or right for you (that gut feeling) is actually dangerous...and how to overcome it


- Why evolving yourself and embarking on a unique career is the *ultimate* heroic act...and how to gain momentum quickly


...and much more


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Jul 2, 2017

Phil Snedecor, a trumpet player with a lucrative and varied career came on to share his insights on creating a classical career design on your OWN terms.


Here's what we covered on the show:


- How to *quickly* establish yourself as a freelancer in a brand new (to you) area...even if you don't know a you can get some gigs and get paid!


- What it *actually* means to "take ownership" of your career NOW (and from the moment you step out of undergrad)


- How to know if the ensemble or group you want to start has a better than average chance of being successful in your community or city (most people don't consider this before launching one!)


- What your day should ACTUALLY consist of if you want to build a personally satisfying and financially successful career


...and much more

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