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#BIMMSpo – Ciara O’Connor

19th June 2017

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Just in case you needed a little encouragement, we have been on chatting with students past and present to give you guys a little love and assistance on your musical journeys.

Here is Ciara O’Connor talking about how BIMM has helped her…

WHAT DIFFERENCE HAS BIMM MADE TO YOUR CAREER?

BIMM made being a full-time musician a reality for me by opening me up to all the different jobs a vocalist can do. Along with my original band being comprised of people I met through BIMM, even a year after graduating, 90% of my cover gigs, studio sessions, teaching and backing vocal jobs can all be traced back to a recommendation or contact from BIMM. BIMM also provided a safe performance environment for me to try new things and test out new ideas that, otherwise, I’d be hesitant with in ‘real life’ scenarios. This really allowed me to strengthen my confidence, self-awareness and diversity as a singer, qualities that I think really helped me in terms of discovering my identity as a musician and also in finding work.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE/PLAY MUSIC?

If I’m ever feeling unmotivated or tired, it helps to remind myself of the feeling that’s created from sharing something I’ve worked really hard on with an audience, and creating a connection through it. I think expression and connection would be the two feelings that I’m always chasing and being fuelled/inspired by. Watching and listening to friends/artists I admire often inspires me to practice and write as well.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW AND FUTURE STUDENTS?

Never underestimate the value of simply being on time, being prepared for class/rehearsals and being a nice person. In BIMM, you’re constantly surrounded by potential employers (friends/classmates/tutors) and these traits are being watched. Being lazy/unreliable/not a nice person to be around will genuinely hinder your career no matter how good you are at your instrument. If you take things seriously, put in the effort and show respect and kindness to other people then you will get plenty of opportunities out of BIMM 🙂

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.