We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Wachman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Calculated risks equal success. You have to be willing to become comfortable with the uncomfortable in order to grow. Now, it’s important that we never gamble more than what we can afford either. I’ve made the mistake of taking risks that weren’t calculated because I was young, wide-eyed, and somewhere in-between confident and reckless which I definitely had to pay for. It’s always a fine line between playing it safe and taking chances, but once you get use to yourself, what you can handle, and the nature of your business, you become more knowledgable on what is possible and what is far fetched. I’ve learned from my mistakes and I now have tougher skin because of it as well as a stronger sense of self and my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
When first starting out I was primarily a one on one music coach. I taught voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, and music theory. At first it was a means to pay the bills but as time went on I became to realize how much I loved what I was doing and clients seemed to take to my instruction. Fast forward 8 years, I decided to go out completely on my own considering previously I was hired as an independent contractor through other establishments. Along with going out on my own, I wanted to take an angle that made my business different than other studios. That’s when I came up with the idea of ‘In Tune’ (name credited to my girlfriend). ‘In Tune’ is not only about being in tune with your instrument but being in tune with yourself. The majority of my clientele is older, not of the traditional teaching kids music. Due to that, many of the times we go deeper than just singing or playing an instrument. Combining that with my experience of heading up songwriting groups in detox facilities, IOPs, and sober living homes, it really fit with music being therapeutic. The practice of being in tune with your instrument/self is one of the most healthiest of outlets and helps you feel good about yourself as well as your progress. The biggest challenge thus far has been staying afloat during Covid. I’m thankful for all the clients who continued on virtually through the craziness that the world has seen in 2020 as well as the grant programs that have helped small business owners like myself stay in business. The biggest lesson through it all was, have a rainy day fund. Don’t live beyond your means or assume just because business is good today, it’ll be good tomorrow. If there is one message I’d like to leave, it’s there are consumers for everyone. If you persevere, stay diligent, focused, and work hard, you’ll attract what you’re looking for. Don’t give more than you can afford; but to truly receive what it is you seek, give exponentially.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d have to go to the beach. Drive up PCH and stop by Crystal Cove, Corona Del Mar, all the way down to Laguna. The views are beautiful and there are some great eats along the way.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are 3 clients of mine I’ve always looked up to who unfortunately would prefer to stay anonymous. Starting a business at the young age of 23 caused a lot of unknowns as well as clients that were usually older and more seasoned in life and running their own businesses. These 3 gentlemen have always believed in my skill set, were/are advocates for my business, and are always willing to help me in times of need. I’ll forever be thankful as they gave me the opportunity to prove myself and through there speaking highly of me, got me through doors I would not have been able to go through as easily or at all.