Mindset for Musicians

“Mindset is everything.” Is it really? This week we unearth some mindset and self-talk habits that sabotage musicians–especially recent music grads.  In this episode: Pessimism, realism, optimism Self-talk Judgement Compassion and empathy Reacting versus responding Abundance versus scarcity Gratitude  “Mindset is everything” poster  Jen Sincero’s self-help book “You Are a Badass”  Follow Tori on Instagram …

Work From Home Scheduling

This week, Tori shares some insights into the intensity of a musician’s schedule compared to “muggles.” She also provides some helpful tips for creating your own effective and productive work from home schedule!  Work from home schedule template download “Get Unstuck: How to manage your time with the Pomodoro Technique” by Chris Bailey  “The Rule …

Self-Care

The best and easiest way to avoid and prevent burnout? Self-care! In this week’s episode, Tori discusses the importance of self-care for people in general, and why it is difficult for musicians to make themselves a priority.  What is self care? Taking care of yourself!  Must-do self-care items for musicians: Get enough sleep Drink enough …

Episode 1: Burnout

In episode 1, Tori kicks off a series of heavy-hitting topics with her own personal burnout story. We define burnout and its symptoms, and discuss why musicians in particular are prone to working themselves into burnout.  Do you have an inspirational burnout story that you’d like to share with other listeners? Feel free to post …

TMJ: That Marvelous Joint (pt 2)

Back for more? Read on for the thrilling conclusion (?) of this two-parter on TMJ, part of a larger series on performance anxiety. While the night guard, pills, physical therapy, and massages did help immensely, they did not cure me of my pain. Months later, the most I could practice in a day would be …

TMJ: A three-letter hurdle (pt 1)

Remember when I said I was going to devote a whole blog post to the pressures of the sophomore year “petition to major,” or “barrier” jury? Well, lucky you– you’re getting two of them!  And they ain’t pretty. So, if you’ve been following along, you now understand that performance anxiety is anxiety– it doesn’t matter …

Being a musician made me an anxious person

I’m gonna jump right in here because I have a lot of thoughts on this. I want to give you some bite-sized, delicious little tidbits that will hopefully help you to not only understand where I’m coming from, but also to reframe any kind of insecurities you may have in your performance. Any kind of …

Baby’s first blog

I’ve never written a blog before. I’ve never been one for journaling, either. I guess there comes a time when a person thinks, “Maybe this should be saved for posterity?” or, “Maybe other people will find this interesting?” or, “Maybe this information can help others?” Then, ruminations begin. Or at least, that’s how it happened …