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Tisch Summer High School Program Student Testimonial

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Miranda del Sol

Miranda del Sol

Tisch Summer High School Program

Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Summer 2018

How did you discover your passion for (dance, acting, clarinet, game design..)?

I grew up watching my dad make music so creating songs of my own felt natural. I thought songwriting was the way everybody processed their emotions. Over time, I realized just how powerful music could be and made it my mission to pursue my passion in hopes I could be there for people the way I felt my favorite artists had been there for me.

What’s your favorite part about performing/creating?

Creating is an incredibly vulnerable experience and when it comes time to share your work, there’s only so much you can prepare for. I love that when I perform, a certain trust is built between me and a room of strangers. We both decide to open ourselves up to whatever happens next and dare to feel connected.

What’s the hardest part for you about performing/creating?

The hardest part is feeling that the worth of my art directly correlates to others’ opinions of me. It’s easy to doubt yourself when no matter how much you work, you find yourself at the mercy of people’s streams, likes, and follows. Finding the balance between creating work that is true to me despite feeling that my career depends on it’s reception is a constant struggle.

Why did you pick this particular summer program/college?

Although I consider myself primarily a singer songwriter, I am curious about all aspects of the industry. Tisch’s Summer High School is the only program I found that would not only let me explore my many interests but give me exposure to a wide variety of music industry professionals. Getting to chat with Kesha about her songwriting and receiving advice from Beyonce’s publicist are opportunities I wouldn’t have had anywhere else.

What has been your favorite part of this program/college?

For our final project, we had to produce an original song with randomly chosen bandmates and present a music video, along with our business plan. Collaborating with such a talented group of artists while applying what we were learning in class was priceless. The program definitely delivered on it’s promise of giving us the best summer ever.

How do you think this program will help in what you want to do next? Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?

I had been interested in NYU for years but attending this program helped me see this truly was my number one college choice. It also gave me the chance to speak to people who have made a career out of their passion and not only inspired me to keep chasing my dreams, but gave me the tools to start making them a reality. In ten years, I see myself releasing music I’m proud of and creating unique concert experiences for my audiences.