We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonah Wisneski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonah, what do you attribute your success to?
I think there are several factors that contribute to success in anything, but I think the most important factor in my own success has been embracing the various setbacks and challenges, learning from it, and trying again. Each challenge is its own opportunity for success. Building experience through trial and error has allowed me to analyze my work. find ways to improve it, and learn new skills so I can grow as a musician and be prepared for a variety of situations, all while making me more versatile in my ability. While it may be difficult at times, it’s that experience and approach that keeps me moving forward. I’m not sure you can get there any other way to be honest. You have to enjoy the “hard work” part of it and use it as a tool for finding success in your efforts.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been a full-time professional musician for 13+ years now, and I am most proud to have built a life around doing something that I love. There have been no side jobs, just music, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to build my career solely on that. It has taken a lot of sacrifice to get here, and it has also been a huge challenge learning to accept some of the realities that come with that it. Things like financial hardship, or missing other opportunities for a more traditional, and comfortable lifestyle, but every time I get to be creative with my instrument, or step on stage with friends, I am reminded of the love that I have for the entire process. Overcoming challenges has been a defining characteristic of my journey, and learning to embrace the setbacks has helped me grow over the years.. If I could give advice to anyone who has a dream, it would be to accept and embrace the reality of your dream, both the good and the bad, as well as the easy and difficult parts. In doing so, your dream may look a little different than you imagined, but it will likely be more rewarding than you ever thought possible. My career has turned out quite different than I ever thought, but I’ve had opportunities I never could have imagined, which only makes me want to work harder.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Red Rocks is a must!! Whether you get to see a show there, or just check out the venue on its own, the sheer majesty of Red Rocks is inspiring on so many levels. Rocky Mountain National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park are other personal favorites that can help you disconnect from the hustle and bustle of every day life, and rejuvenate your soul. I love the hot springs in Colorado as well, places like Strawberry Springs and Pagosa Springs. In Denver itself, Zuni Street Brewery is my favorite brewery to hang out at. It has an amazing staff and fantastic beer, plus live music. Food-wise, I always tell people to check out Uncle for my favorite ramen in the city, Blue Pan for the best pizza, OneFold for brunch, and the soon to be not-so-secret Grammy’s Goodies for baked goods and amazing Italian fare.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my incredible parents whose support and life lessons have guided any success I have had, or will ever have. Because of them, I learned about work ethic, being true to myself, following my dream, and being mindful of the world around me, as well as my place in it. I’ve told them countless times that my success is directly attributed to what they have taught me. As result, I can never thank them enough.
Other: Check out some of the bands/projects I work with: Other Worlds King Cardinal Dance Party Time Machine Larry Nix
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