Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I joined middle school marching, symphonic, and jazz band.
I applied to my dream colleges: USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, Stanford, Columbia... I was rejected by all.
I went to a state school that a personal hero of mine attended--and got in! Cal State Long Beach.
As a freshman, I decided to try once more to get into UCLA or UC Irvine. UC Irvine accepted me.
Became an Economics major, but something wasn't right. Switched to English and felt at home.
Interned and worked at a wonderful production company while playing in a band at night.
While pursuing two passions at once (story and music), my band got signed. Music is now full-time.
Playing drums has led to many pursuits: singing, voice acting, management. I'm still on my roadtrip.
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Career

Musician

I play drums and sing in a band.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Travel
Music
Being Creative

Day to Day

The days are different depending on what phase of the record cycle we're in. While touring: The morning starts by waking up in a hotel in a new city. Sometimes we'll have a few hours to explore, other times we'll hit the road ASAP to make the next show. By afternoon, we load-in our equipment and soundcheck. Then we wait another few hours until our show begins. After that, we meet show goers and pack everything up (usually done by 1 or 2am). After that, we're off to the next city!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Join your school band! I played in symphonic and marching band in middle school and, even though it was equal parts fun and difficult at times, it boosted my ability in so many other areas of my life (math, science, group work, sports). I also made some amazing friends for life.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"She's a terrible drummer and sounds like a dying bird! She's only gotten this far because she's a girl and she's different"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student