Music Ed or Performance?
Those were the the only two career options I was given as an 18 year old who only saw music in her future as a career.
I want to share my story about how I tried both, and ended pursuing neither.
5 years ago
I started to self reflect on the following:
1) What I really wanted to do for the rest of my life?
2) Did I want to pursue the "freelance lifestyle" that my performance degree prepared me for?
3) What is the impact I wanted to make in this industry?
here are the answers:
1) I want to have a job in the arts in some capacity.
2) No, I did not want to spend all of my time worrying about the inconsistent income of private teaching, and soul sucking experience of taking orchestral auditions to maybe win a job that will pay me $30,000 a year.
3) I want to change something in our the arts industry. I want to make sure our artform continues and it is available for future generations.
This career pivot has opened many doors and opportunities to have a vibrant, fulfilling, stable, and impactful career.
I want to help you find a career in our growing field that will bring you the same joy that working in this field brings me everyday.
I am determined to help you every step of the way.
Hey y'all, it's Mily
Mily Harrod (she/her/ella) is an active arts administrator, flutist, and advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts. She received the M.A. in Arts Leadership and Management and the M.M. in Flute Performance from Wichita State University and the B.M. in Flute Performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Mily is excited to serve as the Membership Manager for the National Flute Association where she is ensuring a positive member experience and building a strategic vision for the future of the organization and its stakeholders. She joined the NFA from her previous position as the Annual Fund Coordinator for the Omaha Symphony Orchestra where she helped the development team secure 2 million dollars in annual fund gifts each year.
Prior to joining the NFA staff, Mily was a proud volunteer for the organization, serving on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She also co-founded the Young Artist Mentorship Program, which serves underrepresented up and coming flutists with mentorship opportunities to grow their professional portfolio. Educating the future generation about what a career in arts administration looks like is Mily's greatest passion, and that is at the core mission of her career coaching business.
Mily currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband, Tanner Harrod. They enjoy watching musicals, keeping up with the royal family, traveling, and throwing dinner parties.