Meet Kirin, the cello instructor who overcame crippling self-doubt

Case study quick wins:

  • About Kirin: Kirin is a cellist whose goal is to make a full-time career centered around her music.

  • How she used Earn1K: Kirin overcame huge invisible scripts around art and money, imposter syndrome, and self-doubt.

  • Results: Kirin is earning $1,000 per month on the side. She makes enough money to avoid working a non-music job like many of her colleagues.

“All I could think about was the tens of thousands of other cellists and musicians who were all in New York, who were all probably way better than me, who were also struggling, and, I was like how am I going to make this work here?”

Kirin graduated music school and moved to New York City. The idea of living in a huge, expensive city was immediately overwhelming. She had hundreds of questions:

  • “Where do I find students?”
  • “How can I compete with the hundreds of other teachers?”
  • “Why would anyone hire me?”

So she did what many people do in this situation: she focused on improving her craft. Hear Kirin explain why she sees that approach as a critical early mistake:

Kirin knew she had to find a systematic way to make money from her art. But how? When she came across IWT material she assumed it was only for “hard skills” like marketing and tech.

Then she read one post that made all the difference.

See her explain why:

“I’m able to focus on what I want to be doing which is teaching and performing.”

The turning point for Kirin was when she realized that you can’t control how many people are in your market but you can control your own thoughts and the service you provide your students.

This lesson has changed Kirin’s career and also the music career of many of her students. See what I mean:

Earning money wasn’t an easy process for Kirin. Through Earn1K, she was able to systematically tackle and recognize her biggest mental barriers:

  • Fear of selling and of “selling out”
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Special Snowflake Syndrome
  • Overwhelm

Hear how she did it and how you can apply those lessons to your own life:

By taking a hard look at her own scripts and fears, Kirin is now able to earn a living doing what she loves. More than monetary results, the confidence she gained gave her the freedom to fully pursue her passion.

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