A music therapist in the making!

Elevator Pitch Video

Elevator Pitch Video

This is a link to my elevator pitch video.  Feel free to contact me!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdhMDCVMCNs

alangston@smu.edu

My Skills

My Skills

I consider myself to be a person with creativity, flexibility, imagination, and compassion.  I’m good at working with people that others may find it difficult to get along with in a group setting.  When I have a job to do, I really work to find the best way to make a creative result that is representative of my personality. I’m also not afraid of trying new things.  I think new challenges provide opportunities to develop more skills—more skills means more marketable!

One of my biggest weaknesses is procrastination.  When presented with a challenge, I try and push it off to the last minute despite some of the great ideas that I could use to make the project interesting.  I also have a tendency to let negative thoughts get into my head if I don’t think I’m ready for the task at hand.  Pessimism can get the best of me at times.  But I’m working on it!

I can work on getting rid of some of my weaknesses by having better time management.  I also want to get more involved here and try to audition for more things.  Even though I’m pursuing music therapy, I do want to get out there and perform every once and a while.  I also want to devote more time to learning other instruments to make myself even more marketable.  I’ll continue to build on the skills that I have so that I can live life to the fullest!

Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

Sometimes, music is the best Band-Aid. It has been clinically proven that music has the capability to heal people—they just need help sometimes in finding that music.  I’m Autumn Langston, and I help people find the music inside of them.  I understand that there are no limits to the benefits of therapy and I’m always ready to employ new techniques in a session. From singing to sign language, I’m ready to use my talents to make a positive impact. The therapeutic process is a new adventure for me every time and I am so excited to have the opportunity to change lives with my craft.  Can I give you my business card?  I’d love to help you or someone you know find the music in them!

My Motivations

My Motivations

Hi.  I’m Autumn Langston, and I like to make people smile.  I realize that the previous statement can be interpreted in many different ways…good and bad.  However, as I reflected on my motivations that was the thought that was always present.  This external motivation has both helped me push further and made me give up on tasks.  For example, when it comes to grades, I do want to prove to myself that I understand the material and that I’m capable of excellence, but I always think about my parents saying that they don’t accept C’s.  That motivation works just fine…until I’m mad at my parents for whatever reason.   At that point in time, I have to rely on my internal motivations to get things done.

My motivations stem from the things I’m passionate about.  I’ve always been passionate for helping people and for music of course.  I love making others smile because that’s one of the many wonderful aspects of reflecting Christ!  I’m inspired by people who have the kindness and will to be generous and humble about what they do.  Therefore, I strive to create that same feeling in other people.  I feel that it’s my duty to help others, and that’s what drives me.  Like Dan Pink said in his speech about motivations, my belief in this “transcendent purpose” makes me work better.  I feel better, happier, and more satisfied with work I feel I was created to do.  That’s also part of the reason I’m so excited to pursue Music Therapy, because I know that I will be able to make so many people happy with their lives. Best. Job. Ever.

 

My Values

My Values

I value so many things.  As I sit here and type this blog, even more of my values keep becoming apparent to me.  The first thoughts that came to me after I asked myself about my values were the big ones:  faith, family, friends, and music.  Brief and to the point, right?  After a while, I realized that those four things were true, but not completely accurate.  There are way more than five values that have made me the person I am today.  Yes, those first five values are the biggest contenders, but they’re definitely not the only ones.  After a few moments of really evaluating myself, I came up with this list.

  • Culture/heritage
  • Respect
  • Justice
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Modesty
  • Creativity
  • Truth
  • Freedom
  • Generosity
  • Kindness
  • Charity
  • Service
  • Laughter

I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Of course, I want to be a self-sufficient person in the future, but I’m not overly concerned about the number on the paycheck.  As long as it doesn’t say zero, I’ll make it!  As a Music Therapist, I want to focus more on what I do for my clients, rather than how much money I’ll make after each session.  In the future, I want to use my art to facilitate healing!  I want to be able to say that I, Autumn Langston, helped a person find the music inside of them.  I hope that with my art I can remind people everywhere that every person should be valued! That is my ultimate goal.  There are no limits to what Music Therapy can do when integrated with sound values.  I can’t wait to see where their integration leads me.

My Work Habits

My Work Habits

I must admit, my work habits aren’t the best.  But rather than beating around the bush, I’m going to be as honest as possible about myself.  This probably isn’t the average blog format you normally see, but it’s normal for me!  I think in bullet points.  So here is the absolute truth about my work habits!!

 

RIGHT OFF THE BAT

  • I procrastinate like no other.
  • When I work well, I’m focused in a relaxed environment with few distractions
  • I usually work better without other people
    • If I can work well with people, I haven’t had that awesome experience yet that will change everything
  • On the other hand, I like working when I know I’m not the only one riding the struggle bus
  • When it comes to reading:
    • I like it quiet
    • I write my honest thoughts down so that it’s more fun (and more memorable).
    • I like to feel like I have all of the time in the world to get finished (that technique doesn’t mesh well with procrastination)
    • I prefer to get done in one sitting, but if that’s not an option I set up rewards for myself along the way. (YouTube is the BEST reward)
    • Sometimes reading out loud makes a boring passage come to life, but reading silently is best for me when I’m reading something interesting.
  • When it comes to practicing:
    • I like to be alone
    • I know the reading passage talked about testing yourself (aka performing) for better results, but I like to KNOW I’m prepared before I show anyone my chops.
    • I like to feel like I have all of the time in the world
    • I like to be prepared for practice immediately so that it’s not a strain to get going.
    • I make a ton of notes!! I’m not the best in music theory and I don’t have perfect pitch (or perfect anything), so I need to make a bunch of markings.
    • I like to get done with work so I can play. SO I prefer completely learning/practicing in one sitting… but that’s easier said than done with artists.
  • Self Regulation:
    • I have self-regulation when I want to have it.
    • If I’m too distracted, sometimes there’s no pulling me back in.
    • I’m still working on the moderation of my rewards…YouTube can be really addicting.
    • I can usually be pretty self-regulated for a while. Although, if it’s too late at night I’m so gone. (sleepiness= my kryptonite)
  • Self Efficacy
    • I think I have pretty low self-efficacy.
      • Especially in certain areas (Ex.  Exercise, reading, dietary habits etc.)
      • I just don’t think I can keep up those good habits sometimes. I know that I don’t want to.  And I also know how strong my will power is. (If I don’t want to, I don’t!)
      • I like to stay optimistic though.  I know I can do all things through Christ! (but yes sometimes I do doubt that)
      • So I know I’m capable, I’m also just aware of the fact that I’m lazy.

And that’s all she wrote!

My History

My History

My name is Autumn Vernise Langston.  I was born November 27, 1994.  I am currently a student at Southern Methodist University studying to become a Music Therapist.  My story begins pretty normally (in my eyes).  But, looking back at my past, the biggest influence on my artistry is my relationship with God.  In my family we believe that the talents we’re given are gifts from God.  After singing in church and singing in my school choir in high school, I’d had enough of the performance aspect of my gift.  This was a confusing time for me, because music was still a passion of mine, but I wanted to remain humble in using my gifts.  I believe that my calling is to glorify God with whatever I do.  One of my personal goals is to be able to use music to serve.  Music therapy is one of the best ways I found to do just that.  Hopefully in achieving my goal of becoming a music therapist I can make a positive impact on the world.  I don’t really know right now what I specifically want to be doing in 20 years with my artistry; but I also think that’s part of the fun of the mystery and uncertainty behind life.  My life is my story that is unfolding right in front of me, and I’m excited to see where that takes me.

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