The Heroine’s Journey of Ana Carina Sousa

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing that I love about my work as a musician and flute teacher is the opportunity to inspire and motivate others through my own experiences. Having faced numerous challenges on my journey, I’ve developed a strong sense of resilience and perseverance that I strive to pass on to my students. I believe that my story can serve as a source of inspiration for others, showing them that they too can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals with hard work and determination. As a teacher, I take pride in encouraging my students to develop their own resilience by teaching them to overcome challenges and find joy in the process of learning and growing as musicians. I also enjoy sharing the transformative power of music as a form of personal expression and a means of connecting with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. By promoting compassion and empathy through music, I hope to make a positive impact on the world and inspire others to do the same.

What is my idea of happiness? My idea of happiness is seeing people happy. Music is one of the ways I can help bring happiness into people’s lives, evoking deep and positive emotions through my art. When I see someone happy, it brings me great joy and a sense of accomplishment.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is to lose my resilience and passion for justice.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? One area I am actively working on is cultivating more patience. I believe that by being more patient, I can be more present and attentive in both my personal and professional life.”

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Hermann Baumann, Paula Robison, Rien de Reede, Emily Beynon, Sir James Galway among others.

What is my greatest extravagance? I believe my greatest extravagance is taking time for myself and spending quality time with the people who are important to me, without any compromises.

On what occasion would I lie? I would only lie to avoid harming someone’s life or to keep someone safe.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? What I dislike the most in my work is the lack of transparency and fairness in the musician selection process, especially in most orchestra auditions. That injustice leaves out great musicians with extraordinary artistic and technical skills, which ultimately becomes detrimental to the musical landscape itself.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I’ve had many proud moments in my career where I’ve been a pioneer for others, but I remember being the happiest when I premiered a flute concerto by Bjorn Hallman at the Casa da Música in Portugal. I was thrilled to be doing what I love most – performing solo – in the city where I was born and had always dreamed of playing a solo concert. It was a very special and fulfilling moment for me.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Nothing. I accept who I am as I am.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Be who I wanted to be.

Where would I most like to live? Where I live.

What is my most treasured possession? Time.

What is my most marked characteristic? Courage.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The place where I live.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? My house.

What books influenced my life and how? The book Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant was one of the most influential works in my life because it challenges us to question our understanding of reality and knowledge.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Wonder Woman.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My real life heroes and heroines are all those who struggle to survive and to give a dignified future to their children.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg.

What role play stories in my life and work? Stories are very important to human beings. Since ancient times, stories have been used as a way of transmitting knowledge, values, and traditions from generation to generation. They help us understand and give meaning to the world around us, to develop empathy and understanding for others, and to connect with our own humanity. Stories also play an important role in art, literature, cinema, and other forms of media, offering a way to entertain, inspire, and challenge us.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? To me, the phrase ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ means that each person is responsible for creating and telling their own life story. This implies that we are the main protagonists of our life and that we have the power to choose how to tell our story, which events and experiences to highlight, and how to interpret them. It also implies that we have the power to shape and transform our story, by choosing new paths and narratives that allow us to grow and evolve as individuals.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My daughters!

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2023? Since I was a child, I have been dreaming of playing in the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gulbekian orchestra.

What project, in 2023, am I looking forward to work on? I’m starting my PhD in music and musicology this year and I’m looking forward for that. But I have many other projets that I’m looking forward to like concerts, composing new music for flute, and Masterclasses I will give this year.

Where can you see me or my work in 2023?
Ava Editions

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion never retires means that true passions and interests are not limited by age, and they can continue to drive and motivate a person throughout their entire life. It suggests that one’s passion for something is a constant source of inspiration and fulfillment that can endure even beyond retirement age.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
João Carlos Alves ( )
Eduardo Barreto ( )
Sissi Martins ( )
Ruben Madureira ( )
Katharine Rawdon ( )

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