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Kristine Dizon: Hello, my name is Kristine Dizon, and I'm the CEO and founder of the Modern Artist Project. Today, I'm with Natalie Fahseh, who works with communities of varying ages and lifestyles as a choir conductor, teaching artist, composer, writer, and arts administrator. She is a mezzo-soprano with a Bachelor of Music and Voice Performance as a Palestinian Jordanian. She also has the pleasure of sharing Arabic music as a guest singer, clinician, and coral arranger. Natalie works with organizations on equity-centered, innovative organizational development strategies and project creation. She leads engaging arts-based workshops and talks on matters of decolonization, leadership, and social justice. Thank you, Natalie, for joining us today.
Welcome to the digital age, where the world is at your fingertips and your presence online is crucial for unlocking countless opportunities. In today's society, establishing a professional online presence has never been more important. With the rise of the Internet and social media, individuals and businesses alike have come to understand the immense power and benefits that come with a well-crafted online image.
Kristine Dizon: Hello, my name is Kristine Dizon and I'm the CEO and founder of The Modern Artist Project. Today, I'm with Stanford Thompson, a musician and educator who serves as the founder and executive director of Play on Philly and founding board chair of El Sistema USA and the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network. As a professional trumpeter, Stanford has performed as a soloist and member with major orchestras around the world and continues to perform throughout the Philadelphia region. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, a graduate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestras Talent Development Program, and holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory Sistema fellows program. Thank you Stanford for joining us today.
Stanford Thompson: Thanks so much for having me.
When we are wanting to create a portfolio, we want to be creating something that highlights not only your accomplishments but also your personality. This is hard to do. Early on in my early career, I dreamt of teaching at a University, but at the same time being able to pursue my creative pursuits freely. It had always been a type of juggling act in being able to share the world my interests in academia, but also my creative pursuits. Look at some things you will want to consider when creating a portfolio that highlights these seemingly opposite aspects of what it means to be a hybrid academic and artist.
Kristine Dizon is a multi-faceted performer, teacher, writer, author, linguist, and entrepreneur. She is Founder & CEO of the Music & Language Learning Center, The Modern Artist Project and co-founder of the Gran Canaria International Clarinet Festival and American Single Reed Summit. She is an artist for Uebel Clarinets and Silverstein Works. Learn more at www.kristinedizon.com.