Susan de Weger is passionate about supporting musicians to thrive on and beyond the stage. Originally trained as a French Horn player, she left music to carve a career in business then pivoted back to music to go to grad school. Susan is changing the way we educate musicians through her role as Associate Lecturer in Music (Entrepreneurship) at the Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne, Australia.
Musician, entrepreneur, and music educator Susan de Weger discusses the role of education and mindset in having a healthy definition of success.
Topics discussed in this episode:
- Being damaged & bruised during undergrad
- Differing versions of success
- Defining success
- Rick Ruben’s definition of success from The Tim Ferriss Show:
A successful person is one who enjoys their life, is great at what they do, is curious, and is continually pushing forward & wanting to be better than they were yesterday without beating themselves up about it.
- Placing other people’s needs before your own.
- Having to innovate
- Teachers don’t live the life their students lead
- Identifying your audience
- Finding your audience’s needs
- Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory of Music
- Making it easy
- Ignite Lab
- Dealing with doubt & fear
- Fearless camp
- Impostor Syndrome (Valerie Young in Ep 15)
- Reach out to schools about career development
- Engage students more in the score
- Notable Values
- Beyond the Stage
- Disconnecting performance from payment
- Planning future success with relationships
- Where will you be living?
- What will you be doing?
- How will you be making a living?
- Being thankful
- Dana Fonteneau, It’s Not (JUST) About the Gig: A Musician’s Guide to Creating the Mindset Which Leads to Career Success AND Fulfillment
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