The Art of Creating Opportunities – with Karen Cubides

KarenFor anyone out there who has wondered why other people seem to get more opportunities than they do, I’ve got something really awesome for you today.

Before I get in to the interview, I want to give you a little back story.

Back in my music school days I would secretly get incredibly jealous when my friends and classmates were getting called for gigs and I wasn’t.

That’s kind of funny (and embarrassing) to look back and admit, but it’s true.

Maybe you have experienced a similar feeling.

So after having a pity party for myself I decided to make a change.

Years later, I can actually point to this one psychological shift as one of the most significant things that led me to meeting more people, picking up bigger and better clients, and eventually earning a lot more money.

OK, so what changed?

I decided that instead of worrying about what everyone else was doing (everything you see on Facebook is B.S., by the way), I decided that I was going to start looking at EVERYTHING as an opportunity for me grow, gain a new experience, and a chance to learn something new.

Somebody somewhere is going to read that and think I’m talking about being opportunistic in a negative way but that’s not what we’re talking about.

This is all about recognizing that you can get something positive out of every opportunity if you look at it the right way.

I recently had the chance to sit down with a good friend of mine named Karen Cubides who is a saxophonist, the founder of Cubides Artist Management and was also recently appointed Executive Director of the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society in Boston (this happened after the interview).

Karen is an amazing example of how powerful this “opportunity mindset” can be and has used it to literally create her career from scratch.

In this interview Karen and I discuss:

  • How to get a career in music off the ground (even without having experience)
  • Building up a skill set from scratch
  • The story of how she started her own company
  • How she started managing famous orchestral musicians in her early 20’s

There is so much to learn here and I really hope you can take away something useful.

Learn more about Karen at these links:

Cubides Artist Management

Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society

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