As of the past several months I’ve hit the job searching road running. Earlier this year I felt it was too early and saying “I’m looking for work beginning in 2015” seemed too eager, I may have been wrong.
I would say I’m a half decent violin maker, A little better restorer. I assumed a 21 year old who has committed 5 years to the trade was a good start, and that people would notice my potential. Unfortunately, it has yet to be noticed. I’ll blame it on a few other things before myself.
Violin Making School
What I assumed to be a prestigious, great start to a career in the Luthier business, has turned out to be a grade school for Violin Makers. Why aren’t people taking me seriously when I say I’ll have graduated from Violin Making School in December? because over the years, shops have learned what a graduate of the school is capable of, or frankly not capable of. The big thing being set up and repair, we frankly can’t cut a bridge or soundpost to save our lives. So we add a repair and Set-up program, but it was hardly an announcement by merely placing it on our website. So although we may be more capable of repair, nobody will truly realize it.
I recently applied to one of the larger stringed instrument auction houses and a friend of mine who is currently starting their repair career told me “Your only fresh out of violin making school”, once I had mentioned where I was applying. Let me add they are fresh to the industry, and still managed to look down upon me.
So how do I go around this attitude? Well i thought training in a violin shop before attending school would have done that quite nicely. So If we set aside my age I have the experiences of working for two violin shops and worked my way through most of the curriculum at violin making school. Impressive? I’m not really sure. O by the way I’m 21. Ahhhh okay.
In the future of this blog I hope to write an article titled “How I was wrong about Violin Making School”, and discuss how great the experience was. But for now, I’m going to try to figure out my next chapter.