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10 Questions for Musician and Actress Jessica Pimentel from Orange is The New Black

1. Hello Jessica, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to be an artist/musician/actress? I started off playing music at a very early age. I first started off as a classical violinist taking lessons privately. I also sang weekly at church where my grandmother would teach me a new hymn to sing and I would present it to the congregation. I played morning, noon and night and on the weekends I would play with a local Orchestra here in Brooklyn New York. I also played with chamber music ensembles, played shows and street fairs and got to sit in several master classes at Juilliard. For junior high school I went to a specialized school and found that the music program

No rules allowed!

Artists!!! We don’t do rules!!! Rules stifle our creativity. Keep us in fear. Just because it works for someone else doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for us. Sure some formulas do, but if that formula doesn’t make you feel expansive and in flow it’s time to check in and see what will. A lot of artists feel they have to do the things the way they've always been done, or the way they are expected to be done. That doesn't apply anymore. With the internet, technology and all the social media we have at our disposal we can do whatever we like. We have all the power and then some! So be brave!!!!! Create from your guts!!! Then share it with the world! Rinse and repeat!!!

When real life gets in the way of your art

You know and sometimes it will. Your child gets sick, a loved one dies. Tend to what is most important and allow yourself the time to come back into balance. But what if you're just busy doing this and that. First of all give yourself a break. Beating yourself up will just make you feel worse. Forgive yourself. Just start again or pick up from where you left off. Easy! Figure out what you need to get done and by when - be lenient with those deadlines if you can unless someone else has given you the deadline. Make a to do list so that you can break down the tasks you have to do and allocate time to each. Follow the to do list. Reward yourself after completing your list. Do your best. Tomorrow

Who's inspiring you?

It's so important to make sure that you are spending your time with people who have a great influence on you as this is detrimental to your success. These days we have a lot of cyber relationships, we facetime our parents and friends, Skype grandparents, conference call collegues, text away on what's app and flood our lives with social media. All of these outlets count too. If talking or texting someone frequently leaves you cross and frustrated - you need to delete or at least reduce the amount of time you spend with that person. It's easier to move forward in life when we have real examples of people who are doing it or have done it. We can hit them up for advice and guidance. Stuck for in

5 perfect side jobs for artists

Creating art takes time and commitment. But how do you find time to create if you have bills to pay? Here are five jobs that you could do to bring in some cash and still have time to create. 1. Promotion Work If you have a gregarious personality, promotional work may be the answer. Sign up with several agencies at once to ensure a steady flow of work. The pay is great, some agencies pay better than others. Always say yes to every job they swing your way first then they'll start considering you for the big paying jobs. The work is generally fun and easy and of course allows you lots of free time to focus on your art. 2. Temping work Get in with the right temping agency and you can get reasona

 

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