Ep. 10: A Vocalist & Educator Buys Her Dream Home With 20% Down

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Having completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the world-renown University of North Texas, Emily is a well-rounded and confident vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator with extensive skills and knowledge in and of jazz theory, jazz history, improvisation, research, pedagogy, and vocal physiology.  Emily currently resides near Salt Lake City, Utah and is the owner, manager, and instructor at Emily Merrell Vocal Studio. Additionally, Emily is thrilled to direct BYU's vocal jazz ensemble, Syncopation. Emily performs locally as a solo vocalist/pianist, and is the lead vocalist and producer for the International Musicians League affiliate, Diamond Empire Band (bookings in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana).

Currently, Emily is working on her sophomore album of all original music, to be released in 2019. Additionally, Emily is thrilled to be serving as State Conference Manager for the Utah chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Emily is known for her inextinguishable work ethic, excellent time management skills, candid professionalism and integral desire to serve and build up those around her.

In today's interview we cover:

  • How to establish a career in a brand new city.
  • Multiple sources of income.
  • Pursuing music against family wishes.
  • Growing up Mormon.
  • Learning from an entrepreneurial father.
  • Saving at age 5.
  • Buying a house with 20% down.
  • Working hard and making sacrifices to save and pay for college.
  • The importance of making financial choices.
  • How perseverance results into massive opportunities.
  • Turning $30K into $200K.
  • The importance of goals.
  • The responsibility that comes with having money.
  • Delayed gratification.
  • How extraordinary results don’t require extraordinary measures.
  • Reverse engineering what’s possible financially.
  • Difficulties of planning an album.
  • The difference between financial success and perceived success.
  • Mental health and counseling.

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