Listen: How to turn musical “failure” into a rewarding career

Susan de Weger. Image Supplied
Susan de Weger. Image Supplied

Susan de Weger is not your typical classical musician. The self-confessed “failed musician” now helps young musicians connect with modern audiences and compete with digital disruption.

Associate Lecturer in Music (Entrepreneurship) Susan de Weger is a French horn player. In fact, she’s a self-confessed “failed musician”, who walked away from music and went on to establish a multi-million dollar IT consulting practice in Europe.

But music didn’t walk away from her.

Once she returned to Australia, she decided to change her internal narrative and tackle a Performance Master’s degree at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.

Now, she teaches music entrepreneurship to a new generation of musicians – helping young performers build careers that are artistically and financially rewarding.

Episode recorded: 3 July 2018

Producers: Dr Andi Horvath, Chris Hatzis and Silvi Vann-Wall
Audio engineer and editor: Chris Hatzis

This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article for a full transcript.