Dear Ms. Doodles: An open letter regarding creativity, talent, and work ethic

Dear Ms. Doodles,

I am a subscriber to your YouTube channel and a fan of your work. I stumbled onto you via your collaboration with Mike Tompkins for his video for “Not a Bad Thing”, followed the links, and decided that it would be silly of meΒ not to subscribe to your channel.

I am also a former music educator. To put it quite briefly, I studied for nearly 8 years to earn my Bachelor of Music Education (hey, sometimes a girl’s gotta work her way through college). My major instrument was voice, so I am in fact a classically-trained singer, and my creative process and products most often involve performance art of some kind or other, though I also like to play around with my camera, too.

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My Continuing Resolution, or Happy New Year

Nearly two years ago I came to the realization that I was miserable. Professionally, I was going through tremendous turmoil and self-doubt. I was nearing the end of my fourth year of teaching, and I had gained more than 50 pounds in the time since beginning my first year. I was depressed, angry, and completely unhappy with my professional life, and it was coloring everything else in my life, too.

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