When I think of skills, I think of certain attributes that make someone stand out from the crowd–abilities that one has that no one else possesses. This semester I have slowly started to realize that although I may have many of these said “skills”, there are many other artists that possess them as well. So I began asking myself–how can I make myself a marketable product with unique skills that give me a personal and creative edge?
The best way to start would be with the skills I know are already within my grasp. The the most important skill I try to maintain is my ability to stay personable and socially stable. I am a very professional artist to work with and I am always interested in establishing long-lasting relationships with my colleagues. Another one of my skills would have to be my professionalism. I have performed with many high caliber ensembles and I always show up on time and prepared to any performance opportunity. Although it is mostly a given, the most obvious skills set I possess is through talent on my instrument. As a percussionist, I am skilled in a variety of different instruments including melodic keyboards, piano, drums and many more.
That was the easy part… It’s always simple to name the basic attributes of the music school student… but now comes the hard part. How am I unique THROUGH skill? This is something that I plan to build on as I continue my career at SMU and I believe I will be successful if I take the right steps.
First, I need need NEED to make better social connections. As a commuter, it has been increasingly difficult to get to know my colleagues on a personal level. Hopefully within the next semester and the next few years I can make more relationships through organizations and performance opportunities. Next, I must make myself stand out through my unique thought process. This will be accomplished through my dedicate towards art integration. Integrating different fields of the arts has been a topic on my mind for quite some time now and I hope to initiate a movement at SMU to establish a thriving organization dedicated to mixing art forms in every day life.
As my college years go by, I believe my skill set will also grow immensely with my work outside of the classroom. I plan to do study abroad in music as well as non-musical subjects. I also work around the North Texas area with high school bands as I am constantly meeting new band directors and music educators. This is something I hope to use as a platform through my schooling in music education and as a possible job guarantee upon my graduation. Finally, my skills with be solidified by my continuous dedication to my craft. Many times I find myself distracted by many other things that defer my from my education on my own instrument. If I keep this intact and do not fail to lose my curious drive, I believe I will graduate as a unique product that sustains marketability for a long period of time.