Two weeks ago, from the very moment that I am writing this, I was thinking about how, in a mere couple of days, I would be embarking on a journey that would undoubtedly change my life. So often in life, we make decisions that steer us one way or another, but to be conscious of the effect that a given event will have… what an absolutely wild feeling that is! And going back to school for software engineering?! I did not expect to do that.
So, how did I get here? I found a calling in the arts from a relatively young age and have worked professionally as a magician, puppeteer, pianist, and music teacher. After receiving both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, I set out to have a career as an opera singer and, if I may say so myself, it was going very well. I have been lucky enough to work full-time as a professional operatic soloist since leaving grad school in 2016, specializing in what we call “character” roles (ex. the sidekicks, servants, comic relief, etc.) and consider myself incredibly fortunate to have worked with some absolutely wonderful opera companies and symphony orchestras across North America and in Europe. During the 2019-2020 season, I was hired as the in-house tenor for a regional opera company and, when not off as a guest with other companies, I was around for regular performances, with my housing and insurance taken care of by the company. On March 21, 2020, however, my colleagues and I were called into the office and informed that, due to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the offices would need to close, performances would be cancelled, our jobs terminated, and our housing and insurance ended early.
Now, I am almost done with my “First Mile” at Flatiron School, and I feel great! It is amazing to feel so inspired and invigorated! My classmates and cohort lead are all awesome and – I know it’s crazy to say, but I feel like I know these people, despite having only met them on Zoom and Slack less than two weeks ago and I could not be happier to be going on this journey with them. We currently live in an age when technology is evolving faster than ever before and I can’t wait to be doing something I love, on the forefront of it all!
Originally published on August 28, 2020