We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Wallin Huff and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve every musical job I was offered; I was told that you say “Yes” to everything or lose work. So I spent many years of my life driving obscene distances every day, to play for this or that, to teach there… Many of the jobs I said yes to filled my day but not my heart. Others were marginally fulfilling, but I did too many of them at once (for example, there was one period where I taught 50 students privately–all in different locations–on a weekly basis while going to school and holding down a day-job!).

I was constantly exhausted and depressed, since I never felt I was doing *enough*. I thought that was the way it had to be in order to be successful, and that by not doing more, I was ruining my future career.

It wasn’t until the pandemic hit and we musicians missed out on live performances and events, that I realized that I could do less in general, to make room for more of what I truly loved. Being stuck at home, I realized I’d much rather focus on my independent recording projects, my music composing and literary writing, and playing the music I love on my violin, than doing projects just for the sake of doing them and hoping to attract attention for some distant future. I wanted to be grateful for and content with what I had now.

I feel so much more balanced and centered these days, focusing on the projects that truly fulfill me. What I do these days feels like it really matters, like it’s truly *me* now, and I think that comes across to others in my output as well.

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.
I like to call myself a “stream-of-consciousness” composer–in which every piece I create is built upon an enigmatic, underlying framework, from which the work fluidly evolves. My musical influences are super diverse and include folk, early classical music, classic rock, metal, late 20th century pop, film and anime soundtracks, etc.

I create music for traditional instruments as well as music for film and video games. I’m especially excited about a major solo album that I’m in the process of putting together with Parma Records; there’s going be some fantastic music selections on there! I really enjoy creating original music with my talented friends and colleagues!

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.
There is so much to love about Southern California! I’m personally a big fan of nature spots, like some of the hiking trails in the Mt. Baldy area. I especially love the Rim of the World scenic byway in San Bernardino near Big Bear–just a gorgeous drive! Beach towns are really fun to walk around and visit, too, like in Santa Monica or Newport Beach or Venice… Old town areas like Glendale or La Verne are wonderful places to relax and hang, too. And of course, I have to add a visit to museums, like the Getty or the Huntington Library!

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?
I am so grateful to my hubby James. He has always been supportive and encouraging, no matter what phase of life I’ve been in! He believes in me simply because he loves me.

Website: https://sarahwallinhuff.com/

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