What is your mission?
Music is the great love of my artistic life, but not far behind music is cooking and food. I love to cook and try new cuisines. I am obsessed with cooking and baking shows. The original Iron Chef from Japan, The Great British Baking Show, Nailed It… the random local lady on channel 13…
There is something about food and it’s way to nourish and connect us that has always fascinated me. However, through these last few weeks of the semester, I haven’t been great about cooking. Recently, I decided to get a Misfits Market subscription to encourage myself to cook.
Misfits Market is a really cool company. I love their mission. The elimination of food waste is something I care deeply about, and they have designed their product around it.
This brings to mind another often overlooked aspect of our lives as artists: Our mission.
What is your mission?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on finding your “why”. I do think this is very important. Knowing “why” you do something is a very important step to figuring out what you want to do and how you make an impact in the world.
However, your mission is more specific. I would even argue it is the “what” and “how” on the outside of Simon Sinek’s circle. In fact, you can have many missions.
I recently visited Hyde Park, the former home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On the grounds of Hyde Park is a museum full of interesting facts about FDR’s life and contribution. One of the most fascinating sections in the museum is the section on the New Deal. The New Deal was FDR’s plan to get the United States out of the slump of the Great Depression. It was controversial at the time, and remains so today. Whatever your views are on the New Deal, one thing was for certain. FDR was on a clear mission to get the United States out of the Great Depression. He even had a plan called 100 days of action to jumpstart the process.
The Great Depression was a huge national emergency. It needed some kind of action to be taken by the federal government. It wasn’t a perfectly executed plan, but the mission behind the plan was extremely clear.
While an artistic career is hardly comparable to the Great Depression, it makes me wonder how the same principles could be applied.
If the question, “What’s your mission?” doesn’t get you anywhere, try the question: “What do I feel passionately about?”
Many times, our mission comes out of anger due to an injustice, or passion for a project we want to see through to the end.
Some of my missions include:
Exposure for women/female-identifying composers, non-binary composers, and composers of color.
Exposure of new music to a more general audience.
Ethically and morally sound vocal education.
Concrete and self-sustaining vocal education.
The proliferation and education of musical entrepreneurship
Bringing a new vocal and visual aesthetic to my own performances
Melding the modern world with the old art of opera
Friends, share this post on social media and let the world know what your mission is. We all need a little inspiration now and again.
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