This episode was previously published on the Profitable Musician Show.
In this episode of the podcast, Bree and Heidi discuss their journey as flutists and how they started making money from music. They discuss the importance of podcasting in increasing income streams and visibility, as well as corporate sponsorships.
Begay is originally from Chicago and has a passion for music since she was a ballet dancer. She stopped her ballet career due to an injury, which fractured her L5 vertebrae, and decided to pursue music as her creative outlet. She began taking piano lessons and ballerina classes at the age of thirteen, and at thirteen, she started attending flute camps and building up her mentors. She decided to become Dr. Heidi, inspired by Dr. Diane Boyd Schultz, who exemplified grace, voice, intelligence, and elegance on stage.
Begay graduated with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctorate in 2018, and built up a studio in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating with her doctorate in 2018, she spent a few years trying to figure out where she fit into the music industry and how to serve her community. In 2020, she discovered her digital baby, Flute 360, as a way to serve her community even further.
Begay suggests that people in school should build up their studio while they are in school to help pay for it. She did not teach sparingly, but she built a massive flute studio from 2009 to 2015 in the Fort Worth Area. She taught adjunct at TCC and did nonprofit work for the Texas Flute Society, working long days from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day, Monday through Saturday. At some point, she realized that she loved teaching but could not scale her time and wanted to work smarter, not harder.
In 2015, Begay started her doctorate to secure a full-time tenure track flute professor position. She built up her studio of 60 flute students from 2009 to 2015 purely as a businesswoman, not a student. This was a significant accomplishment, but she realized that it wasn’t sustainable and needed to be more focused on one-to-many things.
Begay’s husband also has a doctorate, an English professor, and she started her doctorate at 30. She and her husband were married for several years, and their relationship was crucial for her emotional and financial stability.
Begay’s journey as a flutist and her desire to help other flute players was a testament to the power of podcasting and the potential for growth in the music industry. She believes that building a successful studio and business can be achieved by leveraging her skills and experience from teaching and nonprofit work.
Bree and Heidi’s conversation highlights the importance of building a portfolio and focusing on one-to-many opportunities in the music industry. By doing so, they can create a more sustainable and fulfilling life for themselves and their students.
In conclusion, Bree and Heidi’s journey as a flutist and her journey as a podcaster can provide valuable insights for those looking to make money in the music industry. By understanding the challenges and opportunities available to them, individuals can make informed decisions about their career paths and find their passion for music.