Episode 003: Sergio Pallottelli – How to Build a Fulfilling Career by Managing Yourself and Staying Curious

“Make sure you’re following what it is you want to play. Music by whom you want to play, with whom you want to play.”

Sergio Pallottelli is an international flute soloist and teacher with a unique background and heart-centered approach to life.

Sergio manages himself as a performing artist, so in this episode we talk about what that looks like, from scheduling, to fundraising, to taking a project from idea to finished product. We also talk about how curiosity is the key to everything – staying motivated, enjoying the work you do, finding fulfillment in your life and career, and leading you towards projects you might never have come to without that open and questioning mind. Stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode to get my tips on how to engage with your own curiosity!

Hear from Sergio:

  • How life went from rural Tuscany with pigs and outdoor bathrooms to establishing a home base in the U.S.
  • The schedule of a self-managed musician
  • How he books concerts and guest performances
  • If he ever works for free
  • How he built his career to fit his personality
  • How he approaches fundraising for his projects
  • What a recording project looks like from start to finish – planning, fundraising, and execution
  • Why “the race to success” is killing our artistry
  • How young prodigies are like cheese
  • How to find fulfillment in your career even if you don’t have a big teacher, school, or competition to your name


Sergio is now the on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston! He’ll start there in the fall of 2017 . Congratulations, Sergio!

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