We had the good fortune of connecting with The Violin Kat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The Violin Kat, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always loved performing for weddings and other events, but I was always working for other contractors. I wanted to figure out a way to take charge of booking my own gigs, so I made a website and began promoting myself on social media platforms.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
“The Violin Kat” is an eclectic freelance violinist who performs for all types of events. I describe my music as “eclectic” because I enjoy performing a wide range of genres (i.e. Hip-hop, Pop, Classic Rock, Bollywood, Classical, etc.). I am a one-woman business, so I am in charge of responding to all emails, creating social media posts, learning special song requests for clients, etc. Starting out, it was challenging getting my name and content out there. After a few years of building up content on my YouTube channel, etc, it has been easier booking gigs. A big lesson I’ve learned along the way is being more careful of leaving time to spend with family and friends. It’s easy to book up your weekends without realizing it, and then you’re missing out on special moments with your family.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my best friend to one of my favorite cities in New England: Newport, RI. We would book a few nights at the Hotel Viking downtown, and spend most days at the beach, followed by some shopping downtown. At night we would get dressed up and go downtown for dinner, drinks, and live music. One of my favorite restaurants that has great food and live music is the Clarke Cook House. Also One Pelham East is fun for live music and dancing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents, and also to my childhood music teachers at Whitinsville Christian School (Whitinsville, MA). Without their support and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Photos by Kate Bienkiewicz and Ian Urquhart