Today’s Incredible Woman is Amanda Crider. http://www.amandacrider.com/ Amanda is a mezzo soprano with a voice as clear and strong as the sunlight on a summer day, “a focused golden toned voice.” For a multi-sensory experience, take a moment to listen to her sing while you read her interview.
I love Amanda’s grandma, too, for teaching that “thoughts are things.” As I interview incredible women, one theme is that your ability to shape your reality is essential to an incredible life. Like one of my teachers says, “where your thoughts go, your energy flows.” Amanda shows us the power of thoughts with her incredible story and voice.
Q: Tell me about your journey. What path led you to here and what does the horizon look like?
AC: Music has always been a part of my life. My mother is a musician, so from a very young age, I was involved in music and performing. I began violin lessons at the age of 2 1/2, piano at 6, cello when I was 10, and I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. I studied Piano Performance for my bachelors degree, and then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. I think in addition to talent, what is most essential for a career in music is perseverance, self motivation, and the ability to see rejection as an impetus to try harder, rather than to feel defeated. I have worked really hard. I practice almost every day. I sometimes struggle with nerves, and stage fright, and work every day to overcome them. Success comes with hard work, and I feel like I am really getting to a point where I am able to reap the benefits of many years of hard work. There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t feel incredibly lucky to do what I love for a living. I am blessed to get to live my passion. What’s on the horizon for me? I believe in living one day at a time, but I know that with a positive attitude, and living from my heart that I can achieve anything I desire. I have some incredible career opportunities this year, and I can’t wait to experience them.
Q: What inspires you?
AC: Nature. People who take risks emotionally in life, on stage, anywhere. Music and Art
Q: What is something that you believe everyone should know?
AC: That you are in control of your thoughts. My 98 year old grandmother once told me that she sometimes gets lonely, but then she just changes her way of thinking, “because thoughts are things.” It is important to practice positivity. What you tell yourself is your truth.
Q: Tell me about someone who changed your life.
AC; My piano professor in college, Robert Weirich. He met me at a time when I had very low self confidence. In our second meeting he told me that the first time he heard me play he thought, “This girl can play much better than she thinks she can.” He gave me the license to believe in myself.