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This week on the podcast, we have a great interview with Martin McCain, professor of trombone at Texas State University. I’m really thankful Martin was able to make time to chat with me for awhile about his career and about his life.
There is quite a bit to unpack in this episode. It’s clear Martin has had a lot of experience with managing an active performing and teaching career, and he had a lot to say about how to find success in finding balance between your career and personal life. Here are a few takeaways from his episode:
Self Care Is Essential
In this episode Martin spoke about how important self care is in being able to function in all of the various roles he plays in his career and life. Aiming to find ways to invest in himself each day allows him to be able to be the best teacher and performer that he can be. Examples of self care for him include reading the Bible, cooking barbecue, and spending quality time with his wife.
Positive Role Models Can Make A Huge Difference
Martin talked a bit about how the men in his family set a positive example of how he should strive to act in his own life. Being a part of a family culture that is hard working and has integrity set the stage for how Martin would approach the opportunities that would come his way in his own music career.
Martin and I also covered what his experience was being African American in America. I think it’s important to demonstrate a willingness to listen to the experiences of others who have different perspectives than we do if we’re going to be able to grow as a culture and heal wounds.
I hope you enjoyed listening to Martin’s episode. If you wouldn’t mind leaving a rating and a review on iTunes, I would really appreciate it. Be sure to share the episode on social media as well so others can find it and enjoy it!
Thanks for listening. Always remember: stay strong, be kind to yourself, and never stop growing.
Until next time,