Episode 16 - Burn The Bridges? (SOON)
It was my most profitable quarter ever.
Lecturing at Berklee & Westminster, consulting, hosting talks - plus free travel expenses, AirBnB my empty flat - goood money. Dream life, right? Not exactly. As we know, I quit Berklee, stopped consulting, gave the talks to my team, and started a tour. I needed music in my life.
However, there was one last problem before I go: I didn’t want to lose my lecturer position at Westminster. I wasn’t ready to burn the bridges completely. I had a plan.
- Hey Tommy, what’s up?
- I won’t be in the UK for the next semester. I’ll be touring in Greece. However, I don’t want to give up on our students.
Chis, my supervisor, knew academia inside out. He was trusting me and giving me creative flexibility. But would he accept my proposal?
I went on about teaching online, platforms to use, and my previous experience which could make it work. But it was up to him to decide.
- Sounds ambitious. I don’t see why this can’t work. We’ll just need to exchange a couple of emails with the other lecturers.
Plus, he made me a leader of the class!
To be frank, I was ready for the worst: no job security, no extra money, and losing a job I truly loved. But my remote teaching plan got accepted!
And it worked almost perfectly… Till I screwed up big time towards the end of my tour.