As a harpist, one of my goals is to share harp music in any way I can. One of the ways I achieve this is through playing background music for Maple Cat’s videos. Designing how to make harp music entertaining and digestible to his audience has been super fun.
To be honest I’ve always had anxiety posting about my myself online. I grew up in such a competitive and toxic environment. I felt that people had high expectations of me because of my past achievements. The more first place awards I won as a harpist, the more afraid I was to fail. Eventually my perfectionism got so bad that in order not to disappoint anyone or myself, I stopped trying all together. I made excuses for myself, and I stopped participating in the harp community. I pretty much lost sight of my goals as a harpist and my motivation to practice. Then I began to realize all of these fears were self-imposed.
Posting content through Maple’s IG has been very therapeutic for me. I never thought that in less than a year we get to 83k followers just by posting on a daily basis. Through his posts I've learned to accept myself and my abilities-what is important beyond great content is being consistent, connecting with people, and nurturing his community. A lot of the things I’ve learned from managing Maple Cat I feel can also be applied to myself. So I’m ready to move on from my past self and get over perfectionism. I’m done with negativity. I want to embrace change. My goal is to post to my Instagram @seikaharp once a week. It doesn’t sound like much, but baby steps. Eventually I would like to graduate to posting actual harp videos of myself and sharing the repertoire I’ve learned. We all have to start somewhere. 💪🏻😌
If you’d like to hear other Maple + Music uploads I’ve made, check out his Youtube:
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