Linecker Da Silva is a First Year Fellow serving at ZUMIX, Inc. as the Pathways Coordinator
1. What inspired you to serve with MPF this year?
Having been a participant at my host site, ZUMIX, when I was younger, I figured serving with MPF would be a perfect opportunity to give back to a community and organization that has given me so much throughout the years.
2. Describe your dream job and how MPF can contribute to your future career aspirations.
When I began the tutoring/mentoring program in the Fall of 2015 with a couple of successful matches, I think ZUMIX began to see a more tangible example of our youth striking a balance between their education and their artistry. Though it still has a way to go before it’s the “norm,” I think that those particular examples serve as proof to our youth that it is possible to be respected as a good musician and a good student, that they’re not mutually exclusive, and they’re both really cool.
4. How do you practice self-care?
My version of self-care revolves a lot around doing things that I find relaxing, entertaining and creatively satisfying; watching movies, playing video-games, listening to and making music, and contributing to my blog (short stories, screenplays, drawings, comics, etc.). Because I serve at a place like ZUMIX, where art and creativity is bouncing off the walls 24/7 non-stop, it can sometimes be easy to lose yourself in everyone else’s projects and neglect your own. So I always try and remind myself to make time for my own projects and wield that inspiration whenever it strikes to turn it into something I can be proud of and share with others.
5. What animal best describes your leadership style and why?