We had the good fortune of connecting with Darian Freeman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darian, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think I decided to pursue music as a career because it doesn’t feel like work. Technically practicing, networking and needing to be mentally focused a lot can be a ton of work, but for me I just enjoy it and I see it as fun or improvement rather than just work.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a professional musician is tough for many reasons. First, there are different types of musicians. I personally play orchestral music and that career can be very frustrating and very rewarding at the same time. I wouldn’t have gotten to the place I am today without the constant support from family, friends and teachers. I have never had to worry about giving up on my dream because of money or because of someone saying I couldn’t do it. And for that I am blessed and know I have people in my corner. The biggest lesson I have learned so far in this journey is to be kind and love what you do. You can’t get anywhere in life without the help from someone in some way and usually that help start from them liking you as a person. And if you love what you do you’ll be willing to put in the long days or the long hours you’ll need to put into it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We probably would go on a hike somewhere overlooking a lake or something. I need to explore more myself before taking people around!
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?
All of my teachers deserve a huge shoutout for different reasons. My first teacher Joseph Rodriguez for showing me just how tough this career can be. And for setting me up correctly for it. My second teacher Jeremy Moeller for teaching me to play musically and expressive. My third teacher Per Brevig for instilling the fundamentals into my brain and remembering to never forget about them And my fourth teacher Richard Harris for preparing me to actually begin my career as a professional musician