We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyle Michaud and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Well, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been around people who have been entrepreneurially-minded. My dad started his own industrial cleaning business, my older brother launched a web and graphic design company, and several uncles of mine also started their own businesses. I even remember as a kid learning the story of my great grandmother who opened her own little convenience store out of her home during WWII. So in my teen years, as I began to think more about what my career would be, it felt natural to consider starting my own business. And I figured, I’d might as well make money doing something I love! I’ve been playing piano since the age of five, so a music career seemed both obvious and desirable. Since I had begun to establish a reputation for being a serious and passionate pianist and performer, and since I had devoted most of my life to studying music, people began asking me to teach piano to their kids. I was still in high school at the time, but I figured why not! I quickly developed and discovered a passion for education and sharing my joy of music with others. Since then, I’ve grown and expanded my business and have taught over 200 students from ages raging between 5 and 70, all levels and backgrounds, in three different states, and even virtually. Having your own business is a challenge, to say the least, but it’s a blessing too. Getting to do what you love and getting to call the shots…it’s quite special.
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.
As a pianist, I love connecting with people through my compositions and performances. I want to draw listeners in by how I play, not just what I play. Music links us in unique ways that transcend age, background and experience. That’s my aim: to reach people and enrich their lives.
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.
Some of my favorite activities to do in LA is the Hollywood Sign hike. In downtown, I love hitting up The Last Bookstore to take in the atmosphere and maybe find some hidden gems in the vinyl section. Don’t forget to grab a tasty dinner on the rooftop of Perch! When you want to catch some quality music, you’ll never regret hearing the LA Phil perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. And if you have time to spare, take a nightcap at 77 Above to close out your evening with breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to all those relatives of mine who’ve gone before me and inspired me to pave my own path and strive to make much out of a little something!
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