Zoe Keating: A Symphony Unto Herself by Martina CastroKeating started playing the cello classically when she was 8 — but when she reached her teens, something weird started happening during her performances.
"Suddenly I'm like, 'How am I doing this? This seems really difficult. How am I doing this?' And then, soon enough, [I] wouldn't be able to play the cello," Keating says, laughing.
These performance hiccups developed into paralyzing stage fright, which led Keating to give up pursing a classical career. However, she continued to play through college, and eventually discovered a way to do it without fear.
"I started improvising," she says. "And I found that when I improvised, I wasn't nervous." Read more