Ep. 2: A Trumpet Professor Leaves Her Music Career Behind For A Better Life

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Miranda George is a writer and speaker about the social elements that create and sustain performance anxiety in musicians, including shame, instability, and adrenaline. She also writes about performance problems regarding those who have struggled with trauma, mental illness, addiction, and disability.

In addition to the 60+ articles she has written for her blogs, Miranda has also written for Classical Music Indy, SmartMusic, and Instrumentalist Magazine. Miranda has been invited to speak in several public schools, universities, and in conferences such as the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and The Midwest Clinic. She recently accepted an invitation to speak for SXSW in 2019.

In today's interview we cover:

  • What it's like leaving 3 degrees and a college teaching position for a corporate job.
  • Uncovering the truth behind performance anxiety

  • The effects of childhood.

  • Music validation snowball.

  • Accidentally making the One O’clock Lab Band at UNT.

  • Finding creativity again

  • Discovering shame and vulnerability and dealing with trauma.

  • Her true reason for pursuing music and the decision to quit her music career.

  • The grueling process of finding a job and knowing your marketable skills.

  • Reactions from the music community.

  • Relationship with money and consequences of avoiding finances.

  • Money mindset in the music community.

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