This series brings to you the most thought-provoking excerpts from my chat sessions with visionary personalities, as recorded for the Slingshot Living radio show. The conversations reveal valuable wisdom, playful anecdotes and useful advice on how to continuously overstep perceived boundaries for success in your business and your personal life.
This segment features an excerpt from my inspirational chat with Ann Marie Calhoun, internationally acclaimed rock violinist, actress, composer and singer.
Gabor: What boundaries do you like to re-imagine—what perceptions or limitations do you most like to challenge?
Ann Marie: Re-imaging for me is reinventing. As a violinist, I’ve noticed that there are stereotypes that come along with being an Asian violinist. People look at me and they see my violin and they’ll ask me “is that a Stradivarius?” They’ll ask me things like “do you play in a symphony?” And the answer to both of those questions is: “no.” And then I realized that what I do for a living is really redefine the stereotype of the violin. Most people don’t think of the violin as a rock instrument, or as an instrument that you plug in and amplify. The types of music that I play and the way that I play music and collaborate with people is very different than the classical violin approach. So what I love to do when I’m tearing down barriers and reinventing myself as a violinist is recontextualize—I put the violin in situations where you don’t usually see a violin—and then I actively break down stereotypes. I try to go and play types of music that violins don’t usually play. I look at ways of composing and writing and creating music. And going into that boundary of the unknown—of the improvisational land—is where you create. That’s where you make things that are new, where you come up with new processes and your best new songs.
I invite you to listen to the entire chat with Ann Marie, here.