Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling
Are you a “multipotentialite”?
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”, once a classic question, has become an old joke But it’s not just the idea of growing up that makes us giggle, but the idea that there must be only one mission, one calling, one goal. Within the Lister community, that is particularly true, whether by calling or by choice: classical vocal pros tend to hold multiple jobs, play many roles, and keep a stack of hats by the door, whether les chapeaux are all musical or not.
If that classic question makes you nervous, or if your dreams work in full color and many dimensions, then you may fit into this category of those who defy a single description. Multi-hyphenate Emilie Wapnick tackles this phenomenon in a funny and heartfelt talk about the people whose aspirations go beyond their Halloween costumes. Take a listen, and rethink how you can be all you can be.
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