We had the good fortune of connecting with Tomoka Nomura-Jarvis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tomoka, what do you attribute your success to?
The factors that have contributed the most to my success are flexibility and the willingness to learn. When presented with a challenge, I accept, regarding it as an opportunity to learn about an unfamiliar topic or acquire a new skill.

I am known as a musician, but during the pandemic I used the time to become a licensed health and life insurance agent. I also collaborated with a clothing company that makes a wide variety of products; my face is on the label of a hot sauce called Soyracha™.

While not a social media professional, I have excellent skills with which to promote my various professional interests.

I meticulously prepare for professional engagements. Not only does this ensure successful outcomes, but my marketability is enhanced.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am primarily a saxophone player, but I play few other instruments as well. Like many young people, I was undecided about my career path, but I loved music, kept studying, and eventually earned undergraduate and graduate music degrees. After graduation, I did live performances, tours and recordings, I further supplemented my performance income working with music notation programs, transcribing or writing parts for bands, and teaching private music lessons to students of all ages,

Using social media like Facebook and Instagram plays a major role in promoting my work. It is often my primary connection with the contractors and music directors that hire me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take visitors to downtown Long Beach to see the famous ship, the Queen Mary, walk around Shoreline Village, and visit the Long Beach Aquarium. We’d finish the day with a nice dinner at Cafe Piccolo on Broadway in Long Beach. During the visit we would take in a Los Angeles Angels baseball game and have lunch at Nelson’s, located at Terranea – L.A.’s oceanfront resort. Another beautiful day trip would include a coastal drive to Laguna Beach to have a cocktail at the rooftop of the trendy Mozambique restaurant on South Coast Highway.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Special thanks to the San Diego-based Sully Band for all the support during COVID. This has been a very hard time for musicians, so the opportunity to participate in weekly music videos and charity concerts helped me maintain my musical skills.

And a big thank you to Dailey Pike for featuring me on the cover of a hot sauce label, and for encouraging me to engage in professional activities outside of my comfort level.

Website: www.tomokamusic.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomokasax

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tomokamusic

Image Credits
Maiko Studio Shiki James East Lock Reese

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