My husband and I came to the US together from Cuba in 2001, after earning two full piano scholarships. Together we pursued 10 years of higher education culminating in our doctoral degrees in piano performance – all under full scholarships.
As I was approaching the end of my graduate studies, I began learning about music entrepreneurship and the business side of music. As a result, my notion of what it meant to be a successful musician began to expand and evolve. I realized the many potential avenues musicians can pursue to create highly rewarding careers in music.
From all the things I learned to pass on, one of the most valuable things was the entrepreneurial mindset. I truly enjoyed helping musicians embrace an entrepreneurial attitude towards life, a perspective of empowerment, possibility, and determination.
During this time, something profound and unexpected happened.
By connecting with so many students, guest speakers, and colleagues, these experiences brought my own perspectives and mindset to a whole new level. I realized that no matter how busy I was, the time had finally come for me to take action on my desire to start actively performing again. I felt ready to create the space for this to happen not only for my own artistic and emotional outlet, but also as a way to enhance my business development process.
I wanted to feel fulfilled as a human being and knew that pursuing this artistic side of my life would help me improve all areas of my life – including my parenting! I wanted to set an example for my kids and be able to honestly tell them one day that they can pursue anything they want in life.
As I encouraged students to take action on their dreams and goals, I too decided to take action on the missing things in my life. By teaching others about empowerment, I too became empowered.
This realization led me to create performing opportunities to start playing again. Along with my husband, we created a Latin-American piano program. It felt so empowering to be able to design a creative project using my artistic skills and unique international background, turn that into an artistic project, and book performances around the country.
This time around, however, returning to this performing life felt quite different now that we were parents. There were many things that I had to juggle and time management became even more crucial. Likewise, travelling to perform now involved many more logistics in finding childcare, etc. I started to wonder how performing musicians, and especially mothers, were able to juggle family and professional responsibilities.
This led me to start researching the lives of entrepreneurial women concert pianists and composers. I realized that not only their music was incredibly beautiful, but also their stories could be so inspiring, especially to fellow musician mothers. I was amazed at what I learned, and in the process, I discovered a new passion for bringing to life the stories of the many remarkable musician mothers who’ve remained in obscurity for most of history.
I created a new concept for an artistic program that would showcase the lives of women musicians and would also incorporate multimedia elements. In addition to the performing and spoken remarks, I included film components in collaboration with a filmmaker friend. Through this multimedia lecture-recital, I discovered a new way to connect my performing skills, my entrepreneurial background, and my interest in life as a mother musician.This project blended all my interests and helped me connect with audiences in bringing a message of hope and inspiration.
While I was in this research process, I had my second son, and was incredibly grateful to be able to experience motherhood all over again. Even though I was in one of the most sleep deprived and exhausted moments in my life, I was determined to continue developing the artistic project I envisioned for so long. I felt a strong determination not to let my personal circumstances deter me from reaching for my professional and artistic goals.
Once again, I employed the same principles of empowerment and entrepreneurial mindset that I used to coach musicians and applied them to my own life. Even though learning new piano repertoire and performing can be quite challenging with a newborn, the more I learned about what other women before me had to deal with as musician mothers, the more inspired I felt to carry on and continue with my project. I had a program to learn and a message to share. In a way, having little time can be the best thing that can happen to you. It forces you to become much more efficient.
As I reflect on all these experiences, I now realize that some of my greatest growth moments have happened as a consequence of overcoming obstacles while also teaching and helping others. For this reason, in addition to my current work at UNT, in 2020 I launched The Musician’s Profit Umbrella® Online Coaching Program.
This was a true entrepreneurial adventure, once again. Little did I know that a global pandemic was going to happen during that same year. Fortunately, I surrounded myself with a great support system including the right mentorship and community. All the challenges I faced only propelled my mission, enabling me to create a six-figure coaching business while working a full-time job, and co-parenting my two little boys.
Growth happens when we overcome obstacles, when we lean into the uncomfortable, embrace vulnerability, and are willing to take calculated risks. Today, more than ever before, I truly believe that we can achieve anything in life. We just need to have the right guidance, support system, and an unwavering belief in ourselves. It’s not only about the amount of work you put in, it’s about the quality of your mindset.
No matter how full our lives can be in any given moment, in the end it’s about creating the space for what matters, space to think, space to be there for yourself and for your family, and space to be in alignment with your priorities.
I’ve worked with incredible piano teachers all my life, and also work regularly with business coaches as part of my entrepreneurial journey. These mentors have become great role models and inspiration. Having been on both sides of the equation, I know how powerful of an experience coaching can be for both the mentor and mentee.
I now help musicians all around the world clarify their vision, unify their strengths, and create new income so that they can enjoy a financially-empowered, artistically-fulfilled, purpose-driven, and family-centered life. I share with them the lessons and systems that I’ve developed in my own entrepreneurial journey, as well as through my work as a music entrepreneurship educator and a business coach for musicians.
Above all, I’m a firm believer in not compromising your artistic and creative pursuits in order to make a living. I love showing musicians how it is possible to do both: pursue your passion and create income doing it. As long as you are willing to take the journey, I can help you reach your goals.
Now that you’ve read my story, I’d love to hear about yours. Click below to reach out and share with me your story, your goals, and dreams. I’d be happy to connect with you and help you get to where you want to be.