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UC Alumni: Meet Sam, Jazz Guitarist

Click to see what Sam's life is like as a jazz guitarist in NY
Click to see what Sam’s life is like as a jazz guitarist in NY

Sam Blakelock graduated from UC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music. Sam is now studying towards his Masters in what he sees as the birthplace of jazz – New York.

Sam worked as a musician on cruise ships to save money for New York, which wasn’t always easy…hear his nightmarish story of what happened to him on stage! He managed to scrape together enough money with the extra help of some amazing scholarships and crowdfunding.

See how Sam juggles living, interning and studying in New York! Read the full story from the Flocking Kiwis series by The Wireless.

UC Alumni: Meet Emily, NY artist

Click to see what Emily's life is like as an artist in New York
Click to see what Emily’s life is like as an artist in New York

Emily Hartley-Skudder graduated from UC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first-class honours. Since graduating, Emily lived in Wellington for a while but ultimately decided to pursue her dream of being an artist in New York.

A year later, Emily lives in a tiny room in a Brooklyn apartment. She works as a waitress in a bar, but most importantly, she is making incredible art.

Emily says living as a struggling artist is teaching her endurance and she’s addicted to trying to make it work.

Watch the video to see Emily in her natural habitat – her studio – and hear about her experience as a Kiwi living in New York.

Read the full story from the Flocking Kiwis series by The Wirleless.