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What are you Waiting For? [PSP 43]

Do you feel like you’re in “the waiting place” Do you feel like you’re making plans out of fear and desperation, or out of curiosity and creativity What are you doing to move you closer to your dreams? Or are you dreams so unrealistic that you are actually hiding? Learn more: Thanks to: The post What are you Waiting For? [PSP 43] appeared first on Orchestra Excerpts.


Nathan Cole Tells Us How the L.A. Phil Picks an Audition Winner [PSP42]

Nathan Cole is first associate concertmaster of the L.A. Philharmonic and host of the podcast Stand Partners for Life. He joins us as we get super nerdy about auditions and even stage two rounds during our recording. The post Nathan Cole Tells Us How the L.A. Phil Picks an Audition Winner [PSP42] appeared first on Orchestra Excerpts.


Do More, (But Be Content!) Take Care of Yourself, (But Crush it) [PSP41]

We are thinking about to extreme sides of all the advice we hear to either take care of yourself, and be content with what you have, or the opposite: to grow, hustle, optimize, crush it, and do more. Before we get there, just a quick word of thanks to: Ficks Music Publishing: And The post Do More, (But Be Content!) Take Care of Yourself, (But Crush it) [PSP41] appeared first on Orchestra Excerpts.


Don Greene Teaches Us Jedi Mind Control [PSP 40]

This is the Per Service Podcast- a shamelessly self-help show, thinly veiled behind the guise of the working class classical musician shop talk. We’re more about Growth than Gofriller, more self-care than first-chair more positivity than exclusivity more resiliency than Salieri You can learn more about us at: And today…… oh boy, do we have a show for you. We are joined by one of the leading peak performance coaches in the world - Dr. Don...


You Live, You Learn [PSP 39]

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Productivity Hacks, Ew! [PSP 38]

If you’ve ever been on the internet, or on any social media, you’ve probably seen this fascination we all seem to have for hacking our productivity, you can hack your morning routine, hack your way to inbox zero, an audition hacker, or an all encompassing a life-hacker. But the question that Christian brought us today is what are we doing with all this supposedly new-found time? -Are we just filling it with more productivity? -Are we filling it with beautiful things? -Or are we just...


Is it Better to Just Practice, or Do I Need Other Skills? [PSP37]

On our show today, we’re thinking through another one of the dilemma’s that modern musician’s face. Should I go All In, and try to become the top 1% or 2% of musicians in my field. Or should I diversify my skills and be more marketable and have multiple income streams. - Is it all or nothing? - Are you planning for failure by having a backup plan? - Does having multiple passions make you a Jack of all trades and master of none? This is where we’re heading, and as usual you never know...


Play it Safe? or Play it Forward [PSP 36]

As freelancers, one of the biggest responsibilities is when we have the opportunity to recommend a colleague to join us on a gig. We usually have to choose between someone who is a great player and not the nicest person, or a super nice person, and a just OK player. (Side note - is it that hard to be a nice person?) What's at stake when we choose one over the other? Is it just our reputation that suffers, or the quality of the ensemble too? We take a look at some of the times we've faced...


Stop Trying to be a Perfectionist [PSP35]

Today, we’re looking at something that all of us have struggled with, or still struggle with, and that is being a perfectionist. What about it could be helpful, and how much of it is harmful? It’s an interesting conversation for sure. Jessica Weirsma has a major epiphany and drops a "Truth Brahmbs" on us, Anna Luce lays the smack down, Christian Marshall asks some hard questions, and I’m Michael O’Gieblyn- just trying to piece it all together, and we’ve got the return of Gig of the...


Self-Criticism vs. Self-Compassion. Which is Better? [PSP34]

On today’s show, we’re talking about seeing the world with a little more compassion-towards others, and towards ourselves. Because most of us musicians are our own worst critic. How do we push ourselves to practice and improve, without making life miserable because we’re beating ourselves up. Looking outwards, how can we be supportive colleagues, encouraging friends, and positive influences at rehearsals and gigs to those around us? Empathy and Self Compassion. Those aren’t topics that...


Can I Change My Negative Thoughts? [PSP 33]

As musicians, we tend to seek out advice on things we should DO, a routine we should TRY, or habits we should ADD to our practice time. That’s great, but maybe the key to really growing as a musician, and more importantly as a person is to look inward and find the things we should STOP doing. On this episode, we get all up in own brain crevices and think about what negative thoughts we struggle with. We got some help from a fantastic article written by Amy Morin, which was the foundation...


Change – Whether you want it, or not [PSP 32]

It’s so good to be back here with you all again. Whoa-what a crazy week it was here. If you've listened to the show for a while, you might have heard that I moved to south Florida...the Boca Raton area to be precise. And this little thing called Hurricane Irma gave us a nice warm welcome. So, we evacuated and our power was out for a week, so that knocked me out of my normal publishing schedule. But thank you for staying with us. Dealing with the hurricane was a prime example of handling...


And We’re Back! – Season 3 Preview [PSP]

Welcome back to the Per Service Podcast! It’s so good to be back here with you all again. I know some of you were worried that we weren’t coming back after a long break this summer….but we are definitely back in gear and have some great episodes coming up this season. If you’re new to the podcast, this is a show for classical musicians who are discovering what it means to have a happy and successful life in the performing arts. Every two weeks we host these conversations to talk about the...


Choose to be Happy Even When the Gig Sucks [PSP30]

Welcome back to the Per Service Podcast. On the show today, we’re thinking about Happiness. How we can find it regardless of how the gig is going, how we can share it with those around us, instead of being a complainer. And where we can focus our energy to make the biggest change. This is a podcast for classical musicians who want to live a creative, successful and happy life at each and every service. We know that it’s not always easy to do this. There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of...


Summertime: Make Your Plans for Focus, Fun, and Romance [PSP29]

Well it is the end of the season. Schools are wrapping up, and orchestra seasons are winding down. For many musicians, this time either means some serious relaxing and recovering from all that craziness, OR gearing up for a summer festival, and maybe some of both. For others, it may mean staying home and working a job for a while. This time can be difficult to manage though without the external pressures of lessons, or concerts. If you drift for too long, the summer can pass you by, without...


Self-Care or Die [PSP 28]

You need to do more. You’ve got music to learn, lessons to teach, emails that are piling up, that audition you’re supposed to be practicing for, that article you were going to write, your website that needs to be updated, and you haven’t seen your family in a while either… Does this sound familiar? As musicians today, there are more challenges and demands for your time then ever before. Partially because there are more opportunities then ever before. Chances are your podcast queue is filled...


Find the Courage to Change Your Life [PSP27]

More It takes a tremendous amount of courage to take a big audition, ask a teacher for a trial lesson, or put anything out in the world with your name on it. And the thing is, great things are waiting for you on the other side of your fear, anxiety, and insecurities. So how do we get this courage to stand up and ask for what we want, or dare to change the world? Sometimes we're not even aware that the smallest actions, like just picking up your instrument every day takes a...


Stop Selling Yourself Short [PSP26]

Hey there….you know, I don’t know how to say this nicely, But you’re just not good enough to charge that much. And really, there are already enough really good musicians in this town…so you can just stop. Oh, and also, I know you have 2 degrees and an instrument worth more than my car, but can you play this one for free? So, these are thoughts that you would probably NEVER say to a friend or colleague. And yet, why is it ok that we say these same thoughts to ourselves over and over? It’s...


What Even is “Flow” and How Do I Get It? [PSP25]

More What's the deal with people talking about "Flow?" Why is it such a big deal? Is it something I can really control, or am I at the mercy of the Muse? Turns out there are four different types of people who access their Flow state completely differently. Finding out which type of person you are is the first step in getting more moments of Flow. And luckily there is a super simple quiz to figuring out who you are. The Deep Thinker, The Hard Charger, The Flow Goer,...


Benefits and Risks of Using Credit Cards as a Musician [PSP24]

Are credit cards something you can use strategically to gain rewards, and maybe even treat-yo-self. Or, are they enabling poor spending choices, and a increasing your debt. What I learned from our conversation is that there benefits from both approaches, meaning if you can use a credit card to pay for life expenses you HAVE to pay for regardless. You can build up some nice rewards and your credit score as well, if you are paying it completely off before being charged interest. Even though I...