Things I Learned From #SAVVY17


Projeto Arcomusical was a finalist in the 2017 SAVVY Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, South Carolina. We had an incredible experience sharing our music with this community as well as spending the week learning about arts entrepreneurship.

On my way from Savvy and to the 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival, I stopped for an impromptu trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It gave me personal time to reflect on the work from this past week. I created a short list of major takeaways from #savvy17 :

1. NEVER take anything personally (refer to The Four Agreements for further detail)
2. You are the average of the 5 closest people to you, so choose wisely
3. Writing or drawing something helps reinforce commitment
4. There’s a difference between working hard and working smart, as well as being busy and “smart-busy”
5. It’s ok to not be the absolute best in the world, but it is not ok to settle for mediocrity
6. You can be whoever you want to be as long as you make a positive impact with what you do
7. Don’t become mentally exhausted by always looking to the top of the mountain when you are climbing. It takes one step at a time to get there.

Thank you to all the Savvy faculty and colleagues for their mentorship, guidance, inspiration, and camaraderie. Let’s go out and change the world with our art!