I can say with honesty that the first time I spent money that felt like an investment with a tangible return was when I commissioned Dutch composer JacobTV in 2002 to write a new work for alto saxophone and boombox, entitled Billie. The tangible return was the obvious: a new piece of music that I owned rights to for one year and was going to premiere at the 2003 World Saxophone Conference in Minneapolis. Despite the commissioning fee that was beyond my means at the time, the investment felt right; I was sure about that because Jacob’s music set my thoughts on fire. Read More
Even though I dislike shopping, I’m remembering Black Friday 2008 with fondness and a huge smile. That day was a game-changing day for me. I bought new kitchen appliances that day (saved $2000!) because I was putting my condo on the market the following month, leaving a secure, full-time university teaching job for a part-time one, and moving where I wanted to live even though the cost of living was triple. For two years, my income would be cut in half and I was losing health and retirement benefits. I took a sabbatical from the professional chamber music group I was in. I reduced my public performances by over 90%. Little did I know the depth of discovery, richness and clarity that would come from those choices. Read More
Connie Frigo, Founder and Chief Creativity Officer, The Road of Creativity
The Road of Creativity exists to teach musicians to think like entrepreneurs and businesses to think like artists. It’s for those who desire more connection to their work, yearn to discover who they are and where they want their work to go.
My purpose is to teach others to excel with the creative process, in all areas of work. Creativity is not reserved for artists – nor is it easy, convenient or an end in itself – rather, it is a way of life, a discipline available for anyone who desires to reach a goal, tread on untrodden paths or merely determine the direction they wish to go. Read More