I saw this online the other day and it applies to us all!
The Women Composers’ Forum joins Spitfire Audio for an evening of discussion and advice. [Written by Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres]
What a night! All sorts of top tips were dished out and discussed and film composers took away many different thoughts on self-care. In the words of the amazing composer and blogger Catherine Joy who created a vlog for the event –
“What we do is really freakin’ hard!” Composer Anne Nikitin reaffirmed this later in the panel saying, “I didn’t realise you had to be such a masochist to do this!”
So freakin’ masochists I have a list here. 10 top tips from the evening of self-care and bringing out our best selves.
1. “PLAY INSTRUMENTS” — Catherine Joy (composer)
Play piano, play guitar, join a choir, play with friends, play on our own. No matter what–we must play. It’s good to keep our skills up and also reminds us to enjoy music. It doesn’t have to just be work and can also be playtime.
2. “AWARENESS” Prince Laryea (creative life coach)
Awareness of self and awareness of others is a fantastically helpful skill. Sometimes it is worth reminding ourselves that we are human and that people are different. Not everyone will react the same way to things. Where we might be strongly opposed to some feedback we have been given, someone else might shrug it off and go for a run. A great example was given from an international composer in the life-coaching discussion time, saying that the word “interesting” can be received in so many different ways. A lot of the time in this job we play the detective and the psychologist. We have to remember that it’s an amazing skill that we possess. It is worth remembering to take a breath and try to decode how people are reacting to us and how we are reacting to other people. If we are actively conscious of this, we will become more confident, proactive and positive. Claire Singer spoke of a project where the director said, “I won’t freak out if you don’t freak out!”
Read the whole article here.