"Know your craft. In a chaotic and often ruthless industry, art can fall victim to politics, profit, and the fast-paced social media-dominated environment. It is easy to lose confidence in what's good or bad music so always be conscious to what you know to be true. Your greatest weapons are the skills and musicianship you acquire from hard work, learning repertoire, knowing how to play your instrument, and fully comprehending the sophistication of your art form. Honor the truth that your musical heroes left behind by using it to pave a path for yourself as a unique voice and that, I believe, will ultimately lead to a fulfilling artistic experience."
Advice Connie offers in Keyboard Magazine's newly relaunched Talent Scout series. Check out the column here as she discusses her upbringing, musical training, biggest influences, and much more.