Young Texas Artists Seminar Helps Emerging Artists Take Careers to New Heights

Dynamic Branding & Creative Career Development for Artists takes place online Saturday, June 3

Woman sittiing on piano
Jade Simmons

Emerging artists will have an opportunity to develop valuable career advancement strategies and financial management skills when nonprofit arts organization Young Texas Artists (YTA) presents its 2023 Career Development Seminar.

Dynamic Branding & Creative Career Development for Artists takes place online 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT Saturday, June 3.

This program by Jade Simmons & Friends is designed for emerging artists interested in developing multifaceted, profitable career paths. Participation is not limited to musicians; it’s open to artists in a variety of disciplines including dance, poetry, visual art, photography and more.

“We’re thrilled to be able to connect emerging artists with highly knowledgeable industry leaders through this program,” said Susie Moore Pokorski, YTA President/CEO of Young Texas Artists (YTA). “This year’s presenters include world-class concert pianist, best-selling author and internationally acclaimed creator of transformational experiences Jade Simmons, who was named one of the Best Keynote Speakers of 2019 and 2020. Ken Sebek, who developed a financial management component for our seminar, brings extensive experience as a retired CPA. And as Texas Medical Center Orchestra’s former executive director, he understands the unique challenges facing emerging artists.”

During the seminar, Simmons will guide participants through the process of purpose-based brand building and help participants learn to create innovative performances and approaches to public engagement.

Soprano Bronwyn White, who won a free career coaching session with Simmons as one of YTA’s 2022 medalists, said Simmons’ guidance continues to impact her as an artist.

“Jade Simmons helped me to change my thinking about what is possible with a music career,” White said. “Often, musicians are waiting for an opportunity or submitting for other people’s projects. She encouraged me to become more entrepreneurial by designing performances of music that I wanted to sing and felt should be heard. I’ve since booked two such performances with cultural institutions.”

Man holding French horn
Ken Sebek

Sebek, a French horn player, says accounting and classical music have both been important aspects of his life. Now he’s looking forward to bringing those worlds together to help emerging artists.

“I know some of the pitfalls young people can get into, that even adults can get into,” Sebek said. “It is so difficult for young artists to make it in the world and to do it in a financially sound way. So, I am hoping through some of my experience, I can help emerging artists get on the right path and avoid financial pitfalls.”

Registration for Dynamic Branding & Creative Career Development for Artists is $25, with an $18 early-bird special available through May 13.

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