We had the good fortune of connecting with Taryn Starr and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taryn, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I learned is to take every opportunity that comes my way even if it scared the crap out of me. I am an artist and a musician but have also loved business in general. Because of that, I do understand that many people only want to take opportunities that they feel ready for or are interested in. This is a huge miscalculation. The reality is that no one will ever be truly ready when the right time, right person, or right opportunity come along. It may also be the case that some opportunities are not what we thought we were looking for. In my case, I had actually given up playing the piano entirely until I was challenged by another musician to step up and perform again in an open mic. The primary reason was that I had severe stage fright to the point where I would lose feeling in my hands and I could not hear myself play anymore. Most people in that situation would understand never wanting to play again. When the opportunity finally came up for me to take my first paid gig playing piano, I cried for a weekend because I was so scared. However, overcoming that fear and taking the first step brought one of the most fun environments and learning curves I have ever experienced.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is music. Music to me is the single transcendent language that everyone can understand and derive deep meaning from. I came from a professional modern and break dance background, so music has always been important in all of my performances. I am a professional pianist and I have been called an old soul with the heart of honky tonk era, the voice of blues classics, and the most diverse repertoire of most musicians I know. I am so proud that I have been able to perform at the Broadmoor hotel, the Antlers, various weddings and events, and what was previously Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs.

I would not call anything about my journey with piano easy, but I do call it worth it. My relationship with the piano was on a very deep emotional level from a young age. I struggled with insomnia and severe depression for many years as a teen. The piano is the one area that no one could give an opinion or debate about and I used it to process emotions when other avenues fell short. I studied with my private tutor throughout high school, however, I thought that I was cursed to never perform well. I could always play fine by myself, but the moment I was put on a stage I would freeze and generally flub my pieces. The one thing I never lost was my work ethic. I continued to practice piano for 30 minutes each weekday even after I left high school and I still practice to this day. That is why I believe I have been able to transition into performing. I was not new to performance, but I believe the fact that I am unjaded in the music industry has been a huge advantage for me. I was able to get in contact with an incredible veteran pianist from The Broadmoor who has helped me tremendously and I now perform regularly.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I have a friend in Colorado, we would go to Jives Coffee on a Wednesday night for open mic night! This open mic helped me get back into playing piano and I will always be grateful. Plus, the vibe there is phenomenal. In addition, we would go to La Rumba to dance Salsa in Denver, then probably go coffee shop hopping throughout Denver and stop at Sinners and Saints bar in Castle Rock on the way home. People are always fun, so I would probably have my few friends who like a lively conversation over for some Korean Bulgogi and maybe an art night.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to my parents, Mark and Colleen Enos, who have run businesses each and helped to teach me a lot about life. Another huge piece lies in my friendships with Elyssa Attwood, Lydia Attwood, and particularly my older brother and his wife, Seth and Rachel Enos, who have their own album called All the Glory and have helped me with music. In addition, my piano teacher Bonnie Litten who taught me piano, and my incredible coaches and mentors throughout my life helped me get where I am today.

Website: https://tarynstarr.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taryn-enos-969401209/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taryn.starr.144

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