I have had the immense pleasure of working with Sheridon Stokes, world renown flutist and professor at UCLA. Among his countless accomplishments, he has: played the flute solo for Celine Dion at the Academy Awards when she sang “My Heart Will Go On,” recorded the flute solo for the Mission Impossible theme song, and has accompanied everyone from Barbara Streisand and Julie Andrews, to ME, a musician that is currently unknown. His humility and expertise are inspiring and I am honored to know him and to have had him playing on my first album (on the single “Brand New Me”). I was hired by Sheridon to take some photos in Los Angeles for his new website (click here to visit it), and in the time I have spent with him, he has taught me several things, a few of which are:
1. Do not take yourself too seriously–if you are not having fun playing music, that is a problem.
2. The most successful people do not spend time gloating about their accomplishments, but rather, are present and looking toward what they want to achieve in the future.
3. The best teachers inspire confidence in their students and make them believe that they CAN achieve their goals.
4. Do not be afraid to be a beginner–we all have to start somewhere.
It is such a pleasure gleaning wisdom from people so much wiser than me… If I have any advice for musicians interested in pursuing music as a full time career, it would be: Ask questions. Ask questions of seasoned musicians, business professionals, and even local college kids that are fresh with ideas… Its amazing what kind of answers they will come up with AND you never know what you will learn along the way…
Go Love One Another and Vie en Rouge!