how can I promote myself from a place of smallness?

I've spoken before about the paradox of smallness. How much we are encouraged to big ourselves up, promote ourselves and 'put ourselves out there', yet how the opposite side of retreat, trust and passivity can feel more life giving and in line with our core values at certain times in our life. The smallness I …

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I struggle with being a mediocre cellist in a world of prodigies

It's hard to explain the feelings of musical worthlessness I experience frequently. My family think I am being dramatic. They have seen the intensity of my musical education and what it meant for me to get to Chetham's School and the Royal College of Music. I practiced hours and hours every day for years with …

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Irrelevance and musicians- action vs contemplation?

We can't be satisfied fully as performers until we see and connect to our audiences again. This longing goes beyond the classical world, to the dancers, actors and popular artists all of whom can't see their beloved audiences to give to. Performing makes practice worthwhile. It gives meaning and motivation to the hours upon hours …

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