Alex Beat here. Wanted to put a few updates out there since my last posting about this month's upcoming art exhibit I am taking part in with AIGA Toledo. See the post here.
I am going back to college, AGAIN! I was recently accepted through audition to attend the two year Associates Brass and Woodwinds program at Los Angeles College of Music here in Los Angeles and could not be more excited. I set out to get accepted at this school almost 2 years ago when I was overseas in Australia. Now here I am today, happy to announce I'll be starting this Fall 2016 and through the help of all my past saxophone instructors who inspired me to set my sights high.
All of the fine print paperwork is done, so all that's left now is to gather up my school supplies and books and head into class this October! Now, with all things in life, you're going to get counter arguments or people with different viewpoints. I've recently had some people question my motives for attending a school to learn music. Why would I pay money to go to this private college when I can simply play music in my room by myself for the next ten years, grinding away in hopes I'll somehow get noticed in this massive sea of Angelinos? They may have a few somewhat valid points like yes, I could save money, or time and effort, but they're being too simple. There's more to this than just going to a school to learn a few notes. Yes I can do that in my own time, and I have. This school isn't about going to learn music like in grade school. I've already done that too. This school is about making it in the industry and about making a name for yourself. If I'm going to learn from some of the best in the industry here in one of the meccas for music then yes I'll pay so I'm not scraping by, reinventing the wheel, trying to catch a gig for the next ten years. Consider it a springboard if you will. It's all about networking and this industry-oriented school HAS it!
Oh yes, and some new self portrait studies full of disheveled, blank stares into space for your art viewing pleasure you good-looking, selfie-taking, narcissistically lovable a$$holes (said in the most endearing way possible).