My story began before I was even born. From what I am told, my mother had an intuition about me becoming a cellist from day one. While still in her belly, she sought out my soon to be cello teacher telling her while pointing to her enlarged stomach, “this is your new cello student”. My teacher laughed and told her, “just let her be born first and then we’ll talk”. Then, once I was two, my mother asked again. "She's ready to begin her lessons! When can we start?", my mother eagerly asked. My teacher laughed and replied, "we will start soon, but she needs to grow some." Then, at age three, I began my life as a cellist, and since then, I couldn't put it down.
My name is Naomi Steckman, and this is my story. My life as a cellist has had up's and down's as any musician, but I have realized that the world of cello- auditioning, freelancing, and aspiring to be a full-time orchestral musician- has taught and continues to humble me with incredible life lessons. For the longest time I wanted to share the lessons as I was learning, in hopes to inspire, motivate, or bring joy to others, but I wanted to do it after winning my full time position because I thought it would be more "credible" for my readers. However, this summer after some life altering events and taking a mindfulness and performance class (more on this in later posts), I have realized what better time to share, then right now?
Although the overall theme of this blog will be about this amazing journey towards my life long dream to become an orchestral cellist, feel free to comment or ask me to write about other relatable topics. I will share resources, ideas, insights I have learned along the way and much more, so join me on this exciting new chapter of my life as I invite you to come with me on the road to success!