As we continue to celebrate BIMM Berlin’s third birthday, we congratulate all our graduating students on their impressive hard work and success. Songwriting student Alexandrine Joseph found a new side to herself at BIMM; discovering newfound determination and ambition, and ultimately earning herself a first-class degree – the best result possible! We spoke with Alexandrine about BIMM life, her excellent results and what the future looks like.
HOW DID IT FEEL WHEN YOU GOT YOUR RESULTS?
I felt very surprised and relieved. To be honest, the past three years have been a surprise! Back in high school I used to be the laziest thing humanity could ever encounter, but when I started at BIMM, I was utterly amazed to discover how ambitious and hard working I could be. Nevertheless, I didn’t expect that I would succeed at receiving a First. I am grateful and proud.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE?
Right now my main focus is just making new music and entering the professional songwriting world with sessions and collaborations. I have some great co-writing planned and hope it works out! Of course, I also want to keep my career as an artist running too.
WHAT ARE YOUR LONG-TERM GOALS?
I have too many! But in the end they all revolve around the goal of earning my living through music – as an artist, songwriter or anything else to do with the music industry. I’m still thinking of doing a Master’s degree in Music Business or something similar. We’ll see…
WHAT’S THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED DURING YOUR STUDIES AT BIMM?
Anything can be learned and the things you hate most at the start might turn out to be your greatest strengths. I also learned the worth and importance of supporting each other. All students are working on their own amazing projects, each in their own way, but we all need to help each other on our way up. I am grateful for all the support I’ve received, and nothing I’ve achieved so far would have been possible without somebody else’s help (be it them sharing my work, recommending me for a job, etc.).
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ABOUT TO EMBARK ON THEIR STUDIES?
The classic advice I received from professionals is: ‘Don’t be a jerk’. That’s true, but what I had to learn most of all over the years was to chill! It’s important to work hard and put all possible effort into everything you do, but it’s just as important to sleep, eat and spend time with friends. I would always beat myself up if I slept half an hour longer than planned or if I didn’t work all the time, but in the last year I’ve noticed that just as much – if not more – can get done when you allow yourself to live and breathe too. Besides, some of the most valuable (professional) connections I have made were through going out, attending concerts or just spending time with friends. Work as hard as you can but don’t forget to actually be a student from time to time! And Berlin, for sure, is the best place for that!