Critically acclaimed violinist and composer Rebecca Cherry is showing young musicians that there’s no one way to succeed in the industry. She’s played in orchestras worldwide and has shared the stage with pop artists such as Jay-Z , Kanye West, Adele and the Jonas Brothers.
... [+]by Katie Couric.Melanoma FoundationFor two decades, her identity had been defined as being a violinist. Although she recognized and acknowledged she was producing great work, it was always in the vein that the better she became, the more accolades she’d receive, which would make her happier. That wasn’t the case, though. So she decided to take this time to discover who she was without the violin. She feared that if she didn’t, she would completely stop playing.
“That was the pivot,” Cherry states. “It was extremely hard to explain this to my mentor, my parents, and all the people around me, who on the outside saw this young adult who had created a pretty great career at a very young age and was up to big things. I could have kept going with my plan to be a concertmaster of a large orchestra. I could have kept doing that. I don’t know what would have happened because that’s not what I did. I just knew that I was really unhappy. I had to deal with that. It was not an easy journey. It took about ten years for me to get to a place where I could say I found myself and became okay with where I am now, which is part of the story.”
During this period was when her networking overseas paid off. While back in New York City, top musicians reached out to her asking her to play for them. Additionally, she’s performed on television shows including SNL, David Letterman, BET Awards headtopics.com
and Jimmy Fallon. “I started doing this other type of music,” she smiles. “Now, of course, my classical background was always there, in my playing and the quality. I started working on installations, looking at how I could bring art and music together—looking at amplified sound and creating new sounds with my instruments. I got very interested in the popular music scene at the same time.”
Rebecca Cherry, violinist, singer and composer in Havanna Cuba filming with local film crew and... [+]Director, Gianluca Fellini.Courtesy of Rebecca CherryOver the years, Cherry’s taught music intermittently. While continuing to play the violin in different mediums and collaborate with other artists, she’s working on her own music and has even hired Carmen Pucci as her business branding strategist.
Throughout all her pivots, she focused on the following essential steps:Don’t overthink your next step, just go for it. You may psych yourself out of doing what you want to do.Build your personal board of directors who will support you and cheer you on. Additionally, you need people who will say your name in a room of opportunities.
Have the courage to believe in yourself and go after what you want. In the end, it’s up to you; it’s the choices you’ve made or didn’t make that will determine your career.“I was really enjoying all of that; those moments, especially working with these incredible artists, was amazing,” Cherry concludes. “I found something in music that inspired me. I started to explore what that really looked like, and it took me to have to let go of everything that I thought I knew about being a musician and start from the beginning.” headtopics.comRead more: Forbes »
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