Life is unpredictable in many ways.
This past year has come with a new chapter and reflecting my goals.
I landed a part-time job with a marketing agency in Nashua, NH. I learned a lot on how to use social media as a business platform, created multiple emails within a brands image, analyze brands traffic through Google Analytics, and create ads within social media channels. The best part of the job was that I got to work from home. It was great since I could run out to do errands or workout without having to rush back to an office.
I haven’t attended that many performances during the summer of 2017. I attended a Boston Symphony Performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, along with Shostakovich Symphony No. 11. Cindy Meyers, piccolo player, stood out to me the most. Shostakovich is known for great Piccolo writing in his compositions. He writes high and soft taxing lines, plus loud and energetic colors along with the strings.
During the fall season, I applied to numerous places and luckily landed a full-time marketing position with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. In my job, I help coordinate the social media calendar, along with email marketing, and act as back-up with the box office.
The baroque period does not fancy my interest. Nonetheless, there is something about H+H that stands out from the rest of performing arts organizations in Boston. I’ve noticed how these musicians communicate with each other while playing their 17th, 18th, and 19th century instruments. Eyes are met with each other with movement almost as if they were dancing with the music. Artistic Director, Harry Christophers, dives into the music and ripples his energy and passion to the musicians, which then resonates with the audience. Recently, H+H performed Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos in Jordan Hall. The communication and exuberance of the performance made the audience and myself burst with smiles and inspiration.
Though the commute is tough, I love what I do. I have great colleagues who support one another. I am learning more about the Baroque period and the Classical period from Professor Theresa Neff, who also teaches at MIT. She has broaden my interest into how these composer wrote and how they lived their lives during the time period lived.
The job can be stressful at times, including the biggest challenge, writing. However, I am learning more and more on how to write in the style H+H reflects on.
I am looking forward the H+H’s next season, which includes Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto and his Symphony No. 5. I am also looking forward to the Boston Symphony Perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6, Bernstein’s Symphonies No. 2 and 3, with a performance that I have been looking forward to for years, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4.
It’s strange how life works. We work towards our dreams, hoping the land the perfect job. It sounds cliche, but if you do set your mind to something you want, you will achieve it. You just need to learn how to cope with time and learn to be patient.
Job hunting is the most stressful thing out there. Competition is tight with many individuals who have experience under their belt. Start small, learn and grow from the experience and take it to your next chapter. There are too many things to understand. Take each lesson with a grain of salt. You will blossom into your career.