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Stratifyd Solution Engineer, Sarah Musick, found her interest in tech through her background in classical music. The ability to think cognitively, quickly analyze large amounts of text in different languages, and invoke emotion among audiences are all traits required to be a successful musician and an expert in tech. She effortlessly transitioned into the world of tech and data analytics.
A love of music runs deep in her veins, as she grew up in a family of classical music lovers. When her parents were young, they both had ambitions to pursue careers in music, but were discouraged by their families.
“When I first showed an interest in music, my parents were ecstatic,” Musick said. “They were extremely supportive and immediately signed me up for piano and voice lessons. I naturally took to it like a duck to water, and I was hooked.”
She took that passion and went on to earn several degrees in piano and vocal performance. In order to become professionally trained, Musick was required to complete an apprenticeship. Instead of just completing one, she traveled to Austria, France, Italy, and Mexico to complete four.
“I was lucky to have been able to travel all over the world,” Musick said. “It was an unforgettable chapter of my life.”
Once she arrived back in the U.S., Musick set her sights on Charlotte, specifically Opera Carolina. She planned to audition for the 2012 season but missed the deadline due to finishing requirements for her master's program. Rather than venturing down the path of a starving artist, Musick worked with a career coach to find alternate career opportunities. They soon realized that she was a perfect fit for a role in tech sales.
“I was recently speaking with someone from the Dottie Rose Foundation and there’s actually a really strong correlation between classical music training and computing,” Musick said. “In music, it’s crucial to be able to read and speak several languages, and you need to think analytically, just like with coding and tech.”
Musick spent several years working for infrastructure companies selling tech hardware. This experience, coupled with her extensive background in analyzing and interpreting text, made her the perfect candidate for Stratifyd.
“I knew I wanted to work for a software company,” Musick said. “The idea of Stratifyd was amazing to me, and I knew that the work I'd be doing would be interesting. But, when I came in for the interview, I was shocked at how electric the company culture was. It completely sold me on the position.”
As a Solutions Engineer at Stratifyd, Musick works as the technical resource throughout the sales process. She assists in platform demonstrations for potential clients and strives to showcase how Stratifyd’s solutions can truly benefit companies.
“This job has the benefit of working with others and the sense of competition of the sales process, without being the person solidifying the deal,” Musick said. “It’s honestly my dream position.”
Musick continues to keep her love for the theater alive by actively pursuing roles with Opera Carolina. Last winter she was a cast member in Carmen by George Bizet, where she played Carmen’s lead sidekick. She currently plans on auditioning for the 2020 Spring season.
When she’s not working, you can find her hanging out at home with her husband and young son or reading classic literature and historical biographies.
“I just finished a book about Harry Truman and I almost cried when it ended,” Musick said. “I knew that he made some really important decisions for the country in the post-war era, but I didn’t realize what kind of person it took to handle that type of situation and how dangerous it was for us as a country.”
Q&A with Sarah Musick
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Charlotte?
A: There are a lot of things I like, but I love the weather. Coming from the snowbelt in Ohio, I miss the snow’s beauty, but I don’t miss when my fingers ached with the cold even when my car’s heat was on full tilt. Charlotte has the perfect balance of all seasons, and I love being near both the mountains and the beach.
Q: What sparked your interest in Stratifyd?
A: I knew I wanted to find a software company to work for, and Stratifyd blew my socks off with the culture and vision. The obvious, rapid growth creates a really contagious atmosphere.
Q: What is your favorite brand to follow on social media and why?
A: Umm— I read a lot more in the way of news and current events than I follow brands per se, but as far as personalities, I love Jimmy Fallon. His “classroom instruments” takes on popular songs are hysterical, and he just seems like a happy guy.
Q: What is on your travel bucket list?
A: I’m really intrigued to go to East Asia. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Europe, but I never made it in that direction.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: One of the absolute best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten was “no risk, no fun.” An older classical musician at an apprenticeship in college really came after me with that one because he felt I had the capacity to take more interpretive risks as a performer, and he was right. You don’t want to be foolish in risk-taking, but if you’re gutsy and look at risks in life as opportunities, it can pay tremendous dividends.
Q: What's one thing you can't live without?
A: I’m a terrible sweet tooth. I keep it under wraps most of the time, but it pops out every once in a while!
Q: What's the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
A: I once walked back into a college party I had left to tell the guys at the party that I thought their behavior to the girls was awful. I’d been invited and thought I was so lucky at first because girls were in the minority, and it was a lot of the cute and cool guys, but I was really disgusted with how they were acting. I figured none of them would ever talk to me again, but I was wrong. A number of them actually apologized!
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why (this can also be a person/role model)?
A: I’ve always loved Jo from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. She’s feisty, inquisitive, and likes to get to the bottom of things. I adored her spirit of adventure and love for her family as a kid.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: The ability to multiply time: there’s way too much I’d love to do.
Q: One cause that you’re passionate about?
A: I really care about religious freedom internationally and bringing relief to families of loved ones who have died. We are so, SO fortunate to live in a country where the freedom of practice and worship is honored. There’s more of it out there than we care to admit in our cushy American life, but I’m optimistic that it’s receiving more attention as a just cause.
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