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The Mentoring of Albus Dumbledore

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. A character known throughout the world as a kind and gentle man, with brilliant intellect and who saw the best in everybody, even if they had travelled too far down the path of darkness.

When J.K Rowling was writing the character of Dumbledore, did she realise she would create one of the best mentors fiction could ask for? Only the likes of J.R.R Tolkien could achieve this. This blog will look at Dumbledore’s skill as a mentor and why he stands out.

Let’s first begin with Dumbledore in the Philosopher’s Stone. When we are introduced to him, Dumbledore is read as a knowledgeable and kind man. He leaves Harry with his awful relatives, knowing he will be safe there. We later learn Dumbledore has turned down the Minister of Magic job multiple times, choosing to stay as headmaster of Hogwarts instead. He keeps an eye on Harry during his first year at Hogwarts and later talks to him privately in the Hospital Wing. However, Dumbledore avoids talking about the most important of subjects.

What does this tell us? Although you might not think it, the first book speaks volumes about Dumbledore’s mentoring. He does not care about his own personal success, wanting to focus on helping the young witches and wizards. He will do what is right, even if it’s the hardest route for the mentee. Dumbledore also knows when and how to give certain information to his mentees, holding back if he feels they are not ready to hear it.

Throughout the Harry Potter series, we learn Dumbledore makes arrangements for unfortunate students. He convinced the previous Hogwarts headmaster to make Hagrid groundskeeper after being wrongly expelled. He allowed Remus Lupin, a werewolf, to attend the school as a child, giving him the same opportunities as other young people. He also hired Lupin as a teacher for a year, though much of the staff were against this. This shows Dumbledore wanted people to succeed even when the world was against them and did this by presenting opportunities.

Moving onto Dumbledore’s relationship with Harry, this is perhaps the best example of mentoring you can find. It isn’t until the fourth book where we see this relationship start blooming. When Harry is entered into the Triwizard Tournament, Dumbledore is immediately concerned. He believes Harry when the boy says he didn’t enter himself. Harry goes to Dumbledore about his strange dreams, the headmaster listening with interest. After Lord Voldemort returns, Dumbledore again believes Harry’s story without doubt and puts into motion plans to slow down the villain.

In the fifth book, Dumbledore repeatedly comes under fire because of his insistence that Voldemort has returned. However, Dumbledore continues to try and change his doubters’ minds, never giving in. He also, again, keeps secrets from Harry, and after the first major battle of the renewed war, reveals everything he knows, unable to hide the truth any longer and knowing Harry is now ready. He even confesses he didn’t make Harry a prefect because he felt Harry had too much on his plate and didn’t want to add more, showing he places a mentee’s well-being above all else.

Let’s stop here and reflect. Dumbledore automatically trusts his mentee, though many others believe Harry to be lying for attention. Throughout his years as a teacher and mentor, Dumbledore had earned the respect and trust of many of his former students. As Neville Longbottom says when quoting his grandmother about Voldemort, “If Dumbledore says he’s back, he’s back.”

It can be hard for mentors for earn trust and respect sometimes, but Dumbledore proves that as long as you are truthful, trusting, and respectful to your mentees, they will quickly repay it.

In the sixth book, Dumbledore’s mentoring is taken to new heights. He holds personal one to one meetings with Harry about Voldemort and even sets him a task to get a certain memory, knowing Harry has the influence he does not. Dumbledore brings Harry along with him on a dangerous mission and the two put their full faith in one another. We also see how painful it is for Harry to see his mentor under immense pain, both physically and mentally. Harry sees Dumbledore as a grandfather figure and somebody he can talk to, and therefore Harry feels the weight of Dumbledore’s death much harder than others.

Why is the sixth book so important in terms of mentoring? There is an easy answer to this. Imagine you are having a meeting with a mentee and you are preparing for a job interview at Tesco. To get the highest chance of success, you will want to cover as many bases as possible, starting from what to do at the beginning of the interview, to how to finish it, explaining things to ensure they understand. Dumbledore does this by showing Harry memories before Voldemort was born right up to the villain talking about horcruxes. In other words, Harry knows enough to succeed in getting the Tesco job. Dumbledore also doesn’t help Harry with getting the final memory, giving Harry key problem solving skills.

In conclusion, Dumbledore’s mentoring is extraordinary and stands out because he is a mentor who pushes his mentees to become confident and successful. He doesn’t react with anger. He trusts and respects his students, staff, friends, and acquaintances and this trust and respect are returned tenfold. He has earned such a reputation that some people believe him without question. He offers opportunities that some students and adults desperately need.

He treats his enemies as he treats everybody, with the utmost respect. Just before his death, Dumbledore is still talking in a friendly and polite manner. He wishes to reach out and save people, getting them to their goals, and not satisfied with simply giving up on them. Dumbledore is ready to listen to the concerns of his students and friends, giving them encouraging advice. He sees everybody as equal, from Muggles to Death Eaters, no matter their background. Ultimately, he simply cares for people and makes them feel calm and safe.

Albus Dumbledore is the mentor all mentoring should be based on. So whenever you feel stuck when mentoring, simply think to yourself what Dumbledore would do.

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”

Albus Dumbledore

Starting Point Monthly Update – November

The end of November has arrived and that means another monthly update for our blog readers.

We are seeing a great response to our ongoing social media activity, including our new Instagram page,where we will be posting both videos and pictures. Our weekly blogs are also gaining traction, with both inside and outside supporters loving them.

We would like to send a very special thank you to an anonymous donor who, because of our Berkshire Community Foundation blog, donated £5000 to Starting Point.

Starting Point’s activities this month include:

6th – Attended a Reading College NEET event and are mentoring 5 more young people as a direct result.

8th – Transition Mentoring at UTC – 5 young people in their final year of Education being mentored into their next step.

15th – Attended a group interview at Ikea with 3 young people. –An interview process designed to support those with Learning Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Mental Health struggles.

2nd – 23rd – Filming Young People’s stories in preparation for a funding bid that would allow us to mentor more young people in Reading and wider.

26th – Planning Meeting for our 2019 Social groups. – First one to start in February.

27th – Transition Mentoring at Reading Girls School – 4 students in Year 11 Education being mentored in growing in confidence and looking at options for their future.

30th – Starting Point steering group meeting looking at the exciting plans for the project in 2019

As our next update blog won’t be until after Christmas, Starting Point would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas.

Our blogs for December will include mentees doing volunteering, and the Mentoring of Albus Dumbledore.

The Strengths of Extroverts

Had a wedding recently? I mean have you attended one, not have you got married. Though do feel free to tell me. Back to the point, remember people getting up and dancing on the dance floor, busting a move and likely their backs too.

Those dancers are extroverts.

Extroverts are the opposites of introverts. Put them together by themselves and they might become friends, but their personalities would clash. Imagine that invisible force between two magnets when you try to force them together and they just won’t touch. Extroverts and introverts are like that.

In the terms of today’s world, extroverts likely have the easier time, meaning that the world is set up for them. Social media, meetings, nightclubs and pubs. They are pretty much meant for extroverts. That’s a real positive for them, but let’s break it down some more.

If you’re an extrovert, your brain is hardwired for social activity. Extroverts love talking to people and just making casual conversation, even if that means a quick five second chat about the lovely weather you’re having. Or the bad weather. Either way, they want to talk and therefore they have an advantage in certain situations. Extroverts recharge their batteries through being around people. They’re also great in working in teams and have a passion for entertaining people.

Think about this for a moment. Maybe somebody in your life now or in the past was a chatterbox, the life and soul of a party, somebody who never seemed to be alone and always hung around people. That, right there, is an extrovert.

Due to their natural gift of networking, extroverts are able to make friends quicker than introverts, who are quieter. Extroverts can surround themselves in a large group of friends within moments. They’re likely the ones who will approach and introduce themselves first, perhaps trying to get you to open the same way they have.

Dating and having a romantic relationship also plays to an extrovert’s strengths. Whilst introverts will be shy and love from afar, extroverts will take the first step, chatting and flirting with those they are interested in. This could also produce a larger pool of areas where a date could take place as extroverts will not feel taken out of their comfort zone.

This love of talking and communication leads many extroverts to excel in the workplace. They’re also bigger risk takers, wanting the thrill of the ride and reward at the end. Extroverts will stride towards promotions and will be one of the ones doing all the talking in meetings, determined to say their piece. Extroverts are also good role models as leaders, using their confidence and abilities to hold the room and make everyone focus on them and what they are saying..

Jobs extroverts will thrive in include teaching, sales, and politics. Politics is an especially good career choice for extroverts as they are more opinionated and open to people than introverts.

Take Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May. Jeremy Corbyn is open and comes across as more friendly. This is because he is more of an extrovert and therefore can reach out to people that introverts like Theresa May cannot because she keeps her feelings locked up.

You could say extroverts act like dogs. Dogs are highly excited by going outside, meeting new people, and hate to be left alone.

Extroverts have quicker brain activity than introverts. You likely wouldn’t notice this unless you were actually seeking it, but extroverts can process things faster because of the way the brain is wired, giving the stimuli a shorter trip. However, this skips areas such as planning and problem solving, leading to the risk taking I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

But this doesn’t mean extroverts simple avoid the problems. Far from it. They just prefer to work out the solutions through group work. If an extrovert has had a tough day, the easiest way for them to reduce the stress is to talk about it, whether to a family member, a friend, or perhaps even a random stranger.

Famous extroverts include Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton, Justin Bieber and Beyonce, Will Smith and finally, Ringo Starr.

All of the approve have had great successes as extroverts and have changed the world one way or another. So to any extroverts out there, play to your strengths and you’ll have success because of them.

 

 

 

 

 

The Strengths of Introverts

If you’re an introvert raise your hand! There’s no need to raise both hands sir, just one will do. Oh you’re doing it because you’re proud to be an introvert? Then let me join you. I’ll even raise both my feet.

Being an introvert should affect people. It’s not something to be sad and ashamed about. It’s not something you can become or overcome overnight. And it’s not something other people should judge you by.

From my experience being an introvert can be an amazing thing, the same for being an extrovert. There are great positives, though of course there are likely negatives too. But let’s focus on the positives.

First of all, introverts have brilliant minds and imaginations. A lot of famous introverts are authors and have written bestselling books or have become world famous actors. Why? It’s a simple question with a simple answer; because they enjoy being inside their own heads.

Introverts are very creative. They love writing stories and lyrics, drawing all types of genre, and acting as characters. Remember your school and college days. Do you remember a person who was quiet? Kept their head down and didn’t make trouble? Didn’t make conversation? If you can’t, then that person is likely yourself, though you should be able to think of one, because there are millions.

Shyness is natural to introverts, but they have been proven to be great speakers when knowing what they are talking about. In fact, some of the most remembered speeches in human history were delivered by introverts. For example, Winston Churchill gave us the Iron Curtain and We Will Fight Them On The Beaches, major speeches that were turning points in 20th century history and still widely quoted to this day.

Why do introverts make great speakers? For one, they prepare and want to get it right. If an introvert has to make a speech, you’ll be sure they’re rehearsing it in their head over and over again. In that way, introverts are like actors. They learn the lines. Introverts also believe strongly in the message they are delivering.

Because of their introverted nature, introverts are believed to be uninteresting and boring to be around. But again, this is a terribly misunderstood assumption. Moving onto a negative, introverts are awful at small talk. Ever had an awkward period of silence when all you want to do is make conversation, but you don’t know how? That’s because introverts want to get to the nitty-gritty of matters. Discussion about the weather? Bah! Discussion about your deepest, darkest secrets? Now you’re talking.

People assume they have no confidence because of their lifestyle. But let me tell you, introverts have the power to make people underestimate them and then blow them away. Never underestimate an introvert.

Introverts are not social. Take them to a party, and they’ll most likely want to go home after just an hour, perhaps less. Unlike extroverts, who recharge their batteries through social events, introverts recharge by staying at home, tucked up with a good book, or watching Eastenders.

Staying at home will not only help introverts recharge and feel comfortable, they’ll learn an impressive amount of general knowledge. But that doesn’t mean introverts don’t want to be social.

For everyone who has an introverted friend, you should feel very proud. Introverts only take a handful of close friends. I’d say less than five at any time. If an introvert calls you a close or even best friend, that means they trust you completely. Going to a club might be a step too far for them, but going down to Starbucks to have a chat is their perfect cup of coffee.

Another brilliant aspect of introverts is that they are awesome listeners. If you’re in a meeting and an introvert isn’t speaking, this isn’t because they feel shy or scared. They’re listening to what people are saying, analysing it, and piecing together a response when their time to talk arrives. Listening also makes introverts great leaders and managers. They care about their team and listen to what they have to say. This also applies to friendship. If you have a problem with your work or personal life, try talking to an introvert. They’ll listen and try to help you, even if they don’t know the answer. They’re also more likely to keep things in their own head instead of voicing them. So listen when an introvert speaks because they don’t speak unless they think it relevant.

A sibling to listening is watching. Introverts will watch their surroundings and quickly start connecting the jigsaw pieces. People will be surprised when finding an introvert understands who they are and what they like. It’s because they’ve watched. That’s all there is to it. Watching and paying attention. They’ll pick up things you don’t even know about yourself.

As for those who work with introverts, they will be the best co-workers you could ask for. You can be sure they will do a proper job, being supportive and focused on what’s happening. Introverts are likely to have their efforts recognised. After all, if you feel they’re doing a great job, why not tell them? Introverts might also influence you without you knowing it. If you see them doing a great job, you might want to do the same and try to match them. Or perhaps their attitude and mood changes. If an introvert suddenly becomes moody, you might suddenly feel the urge to work harder to make them happy.

Many people who changed the world were introverts. Let me list a few: Bill Gates, Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Mark Zuckerberg, J.K. Rowling, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Elon Musk, and lastly Barack Obama.

Darwin introduced us to evolution, Newton to gravity, J.K. Rowling wrote the highly successful Harry Potter series, Barack Obama became the USA’s first black president, Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook, and Gandhi led peaceful protests that saw India become an independent country.

You might be there thinking, how does this make me happy? Because if you are an introvert, you too might do something that changes the world forever. Look back over the different topics I’ve covered. All of them can do this. Hard work, creativity, watching and listening, all pay off in the end.

So don’t worry about not being social and those who believe being introverted is wrong and judge you because of who you are. Introverts are more powerful than most believe. They have the power to surprise the world and when they do, you’ll be sure everyone will be listening to and watching them.

Meet A Mentor – Hannah

What do you think of when you see the word MENTOR? Do you think of a young or older person? A man or a woman? Friendly and open, or strict and determined? Meeting a Mentor will hopefully answer these questions and allow you to get to know our mentors.

Hannah is a relatively new mentor at Starting Point, having started back in May 2017, meeting her first mentee the following month. She came to know about Starting Point through Sam, our Project Manager, as they go to the same church.

Hannah is originally from Devon, and moved to Reading over three years ago. She wanted to get involved in the community and meet and get to know new people. Ultimately, Hannah wished to be helpful and do some good in Reading whilst working at UCEM as a Marketing and Communications Manager.

Her father was a great inspiration for becoming a mentor. He had a similar organisation like Starting Point set up back in Hannah’s hometown and was very active in the community. But he wasn’t the only one who has inspired her over the years. A lot of people have given Hannah the motivation to help others and improve their lives.

Hannah believes that mentoring offers young people the chance to be listened to and express themselves, someone who will not judge them and will give them their full attention, and give them the resources and skills they need to succeed.

In terms of Starting Point itself, Hannah says that Starting Point is relaxed and has no schedule for its mentors and mentees, giving them more freedom, allowing the mentor to take a bigger leadership role. Hannah also believes Starting Point is great at supporting both mentors and mentees in whatever they need. It also helps that the mentors get together frequently so ideas can be shared and used in future mentoring sessions.

When preparing for her interview, Hannah took the 16 Personalities test, coming out as an ESFJ-T, known as the Consul. This means Hannah is a caring and social mentor, someone who is eager to help out and likes to be around people.

By mentoring a young person, Hannah has learnt perseverance and consistency. Her highlights include:

  • Seeing her mentor’s confidence grow through understanding his personality (through the 16 Personalities test);
  • Seeing her mentee start new voluntary posts;
  • Her mentor passing his theory test and doing really well in his driving lessons.

Hannah’s message for future Starting Point mentors is that it is good to get to know people in real situations, the mentoring is about the mentees, and that mentors shouldn’t expect change to happen straight away, though mentors can change just as much as mentees.

Hannah’s hobbies and interests include hanging out with people and being social, reading books, and watching television programmes, her favourite being the American series Newsroom.

Starting Point Monthly Update – October

The end of the month has arrived! And what a month we’ve had here at Starting Point.

We launched our new website, pumped out new social media activity almost every day, and have had great feedback not only from our followers, but also from our supporters. In fact, we gained five new followers in our first week! Our blogs are getting great responses too, especially Mentoring in Films and it’s follow up interactive tweet!

Below is a list of activities Starting Point has been involved in throughout October:

1st – Launch of new website, weekly blogs, and social media posts

4th – Transition Mentoring Launch at UTC. 8 young people in their final year are to be mentored

8th – Attended the Berkshire Community Foundation Symposium. A great event for meeting different projects and charities across Berkshire.

12th – Great conversation with one of the partners as Grant Thornton. A local business who continually support us in the work we do. Grant Thornton created the link with UTC.

15th – Transition Mentoring Presentation at Cranbury College NTA. We worked with Cranbury Colleges students last academic year and look to continue our great relationship.

12th – 26th – Met up with 4 new volunteers who are to be trained as mentors in early December.

30th – Starting Point steering group meeting looking at the exciting plans for the project in 2019.

Look forward to November where our blogs will include Meet a Mentor, and the new The Mentoring Of series starting with Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter.

Thank you to everyone who has made this month such a success and here’s to another!

The 16 Personalities Test

Imagine. Just imagine for a moment.

You’re in the Great Hall of Hogwarts, ready for your name to be read out and the Sorting Hat placed on your head. You wonder which House you’ll be put in. Will it be the right one for you? What if the Hat makes a mistake? What if you’re actually a Muggle and you can’t be in a House?

You’re likely wondering “What is this guy on about?” Well, there’s a very good reason why I’m mentioning the Sorting Hat.

The Sorting Hat is practically a test of yourself. It looks into your mind, shifting through personalities. So, in other words, it puts you in the House your personality matches. Take Ravenclaw for example. Students in Ravenclaw are classed as witty, always learning, and having a good imagination. If that’s you, then you belong there.

The 16 Personalities Test works similarly. It asks you a series of questions, and at the end, it takes your answers and places you in a group it feels is correct.

It is important to point out that you won’t always belong to the same group every time you take the test. Who you are now could change completely in five years’ time, maybe even just one year or six months.

I won’t go into details about the personalities themselves, as their website does a brilliant job at it, but I will talk about why taking the test is vital in understanding yourself.

Many people wander through life thinking they know who they are. But there is a good chance they only know a little. The 16 Personalities expands on each area of a person’s life, from everyday habits, to careers and relationships, both romantically and friendly. You might find yourself agreeing with everything or only half, but the fact remains you know more about yourself then you did before the test.

Not only that, at the bottom of your grouping, there is a list of famous people, both real and fictional, who fall into your personality. Some examples are the Queen, Nelson Mandela, Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings, and Willie Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

So take the test and discover your personality. You might find something you never thought was a possibility.

https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

 

 

 

 

 

Mentoring in Films

GREAT SCOTT!

Did you know mentoring takes place in films all the time? Think of a film and there’s bound to be a man or woman teaching and leading a single person or group to achieve the film’s eventual happy ending.

Let’s pick a film at random. Star Wars maybe?

Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes a mentor to Luke Skywalker after the sudden deaths of Luke’s aunt and uncle. Obi-Wan is highly protective of the young man and is dedicated to helping Luke succeed in learning everything he needs to become a great success. Luke also sees his mentor as a father figure and role model. Obi-Wan also helps Luke grow in confidence to the point where Luke will walk into any situation calmly and with no fear. The old mentor even returns after his death to teach Luke and provide him with knowledge and advise.

Another great example of mentoring is Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King. Perhaps one of the best mentors of all time, Mufasa is kind but strict, from teaching the young Simba how to hunt and pounce, to explaining the responsibilities of being a king, and scolding Simba when the lion cub disobeys his father. Like Obi-Wan, Mufasa returns from the dead to continue the mentoring when Simba needs guidance only his father gave give him.

A much more recent film series that features mentoring is the Marvel Cinematic Universe between Iron Man and Spider-Man. Being young with a brilliant mind and superpowers, Spidey needs someone to teach him the ropes of responsibility. Iron Man takes this duty, wanting his mentee to become the hero he isn’t. Iron Man sees a lot of himself in Spider-Man and therefore is greatly invested in his future. He punishes Spider-Man when he puts innocent lives in danger, making the young hero learn to act more responsibly. Spider-Man sees his mentor as the father he didn’t have and wants to please him to prove Iron Man’s investment doesn’t go to waste.

Have you spotted the running theme? All of the mentees are young people with great futures ahead of them. This is exactly what mentoring is meant to achieve!

If you’re a mentor, the next time you watch a film, look out for different types of mentoring and what the positive effects are. You might learn something along the way which could help you with your mentoring skills.

Meet the Project Coordinator

Rebecca Baker is the Project Coordinator for Starting Point and has been part of the team since 2014. Here she gives a short interview about her role, the highlights of her work, and her own interests.

What the role involves:

“Mentoring; supporting some of the mentors; administration of various areas of the project, including recruitment, databases and record-keeping, updating and implementing project policies and procedures; organising work experience placements; planning events.”

Rewards of the role:

“Seeing the young people we support take steps forward in personal growth. It’s always brilliant when they find a job or get a place on an apprenticeship or training course!”

Highlights/Best bits:

“The highlight of my time with Starting Point was when a young person that I had been supporting for 2 years, finally managed to get a job after overcoming lots of setbacks. She is still there now, more than a year later, and is doing great within the role!”

Why volunteer at Starting Point?

“Standing alongside a young person to encourage and support them in their journey can make a huge difference in helping them find a more hopeful future.”

Typical day of work:

“My day can be very varied! There are usually lots of admin tasks such as checking emails and responding to anything urgent, developing new evaluation forms, processing new volunteer applications, emailing mentors with information on job opportunities and training courses, or requesting timesheets. I may also be meeting a young person to work on their CV, or catching up with one of my mentees on the phone.”

Hobbies and interests:

“Time with family, good food with friends, visiting Cornish beaches, baking cakes, watching films.”

Sarah and Her Music

All of our mentees are talented. One of our mentees, Sarah, is a young person who loves music. She even creates her own, sometimes using her own experiences as inspiration.

Sarah’s love of music began during her time at primary school, when she started playing the piano. But that isn’t the only instrument Sarah plays. She also plays the guitar and has a great singing voice, all of which feature in her published songs.

Sarah likes to think of her music as genre-less, in other words it doesn’t fall into any particular area of music and is a mix of different genres. Her favourite genre is progressive rock, a style that originated in the 1960s and is influenced by classical elements, along with the keyboard and lengthy compositions. Her favourite musician is the British progressive rocker Steven Wilson, listening to his music since she was Year 9.

Sarah is mainly a solo artist, but that doesn’t mean she’s against group work. In fact she is working on an album project with a friend. At Reading College she studied music performance for two years, which included working in bands.

In her early secondary school education, she started writing and recording her own music. But it’s not an easy job and can take up to a week or longer to get the song written. Sarah begins her writing with a lyric book, in which she writes down any ideas she has so she doesn’t forget them. She then plays a few layers on the piano to get an idea of the tune she wants to use, throwing in other instruments such as the guitar or string instruments afterwards. With the tune in place, Sarah chooses the correct lyrics from her book and mixes together the music and words. Then she can record the music, polish it, and publish it.

Sarah publishes her work on the website Bandcamp, a free to use platform for musicians to upload their music so others can listen to it, which only takes a few minutes at the most. Users can also pay to buy songs they enjoy.

It’s not always so easy though. Sarah says getting the ideas is easy, but adding to the ideas and completing the music to a professional standards are the hardest parts.

So where does she get this awesome talent? Well it all comes from her family, because believe it or not, they are all musical. Her mother sings in a choir, her father plays the guitar and saxophone, and her brother plays drums in a band and writes cinematic style music.

Sarah is open to playing in public and with other musicians. For the future, Sarah wants to focus on writing more of her music and getting more people listening.

For any new and aspiring musicians, Sarah’s message is to hold onto your inspiration, don’t hold back when you get an idea, and write for yourself because not only will you like it, but somebody else will too.

Check out and listen to Sarah’s music here: https://sarahchristina.bandcamp.com. She recommends Wake as the best track for new listeners, being better produced and her first song on Bandcamp!