Hello and welcome to episode 60 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Are you a performer or creative who just wants to feel your best on-the- daily? Yeah, me too. Great minds think alike!
As actors, musicians and creatives, we want to make an impact on the world around us. That means bringing the best of ourselves to everything we do. And we often miss the fundamental link between performing our best and feeling our best.
It is just a hard fact of the entertainment industry that our energy, our confidence, and the way we look (whatever amazing way that is ;) are huge parts of booking any job. And how you are taking care of your instrument is the biggest contributing factor in your appearance, your energy, and your mood. Your instrument is the only thing you truly have control over in this business!
Today’s guest is my friend Moniqua Plante, who is an actor most known for her guest-starring season-long arc on ABC's Nashville, and recurring guest-starring roles on shows like Drop Dead Diva, Banshee, and Southland.
Moniqua is also a Certified Health + Confidence Coach for Actors and Creatives, and she truly believes that our health and wellness directly affects everything else we do in life—especially as creative beings.
We had a wonderful conversation about her acting career, how experiences in the industry lead her to take control of her health and how she helps creatives feel good in their bodies no matter what size they are.
Be sure to click the links in the show notes to grab the amazing free gifts she has for you including the Feel Good in Your Body Book and I highly recommend that you take her up on her offer of a free coaching session for our listeners.
Do you choose a word or slogan each year? I’ve chosen “Breakthrough” as my word for 2021.
If you ever feel like your progress suddenly just slams into a brick wall, I promise you, I’ve been there! In fact, the harder I work the more frustrating it becomes when I still don’t feel there yet, wherever there is.
But I want to tell you that you only hit walls when you’re moving out of your comfort zone. And if you’re hitting walls, you’re still going.
If you’re committed to breaking through, be sure to download the free resource How To Attract Fans, Media, & Industry for Musicians and Actors. The 6C Phase Roadmap to Book Gigs & Make Money at http://singdanceactthrive.com/freebie
Elisa Di Napoli is the best-selling author of the book, online course, and podcast Dare to Be Seen which helps artists command the stage, magnify their presence, and defeat stage nerves so they can share their gifts with their audience and shine their light on the world.
She is an artist coach, hypnotherapist, and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. She also helps artists who need to find a way forward, get their project going, or figure out how to turn their creative, artistic, or performance skills into a new venture.
For Links & Transcript: http://singdanceactthrive.com/059
Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
How is everyone doing with the ending of 2020? For me, I’m trying to work on my mindset for the changes I want to make in 2021 and all that I want to accomplish.
I’ve hit a point in my life that I’m not letting anything stop me from achieving my goals. And by anything I mean myself.
We stop ourselves in so many ways, don’t we? We don’t always acknowledge it as such though. Often the things that we procrastinate on, dismiss as not important, or avoid altogether are the very things we should be facing head-on.
Before we get to the interview with Mel, I share some vulnerabilities I have and am working on with the help of fabulous coaches to inspire you to look at your own issues that may be blocking you from achieving your goals.
If you are an actor, maybe setting yourself up to self-tape auditions is something you are procrastinating on.
I was excited to interview Mel Mack, Casting Director and Founder of Mel Mack Acting Studio in New York City… WOW we had such a great conversation on how the Acting Industry has evolved this year.
You may have had to submit your audition as a self-tape occasionally in the past, but now lit’rally ALL your auditions AND callbacks are being handled remotely via self-tape. Even if you’re not an Actor, I betcha a basket of cute kittens that you’re spending a lot more time on camera, eh?
Having a killer self-tape that looks and sounds professional reflects right back on your personal professionalism, and boy has Mel seen more than her fair share of disappointing self-tape submissions from Actors who she *knows* are so much better than their self-tape would suggest.
📥 Mel has created a guide for you, and it’s soooo juicy, I am so thrilled to share it with you! Mel's 6-Pillars to Self-Tapes that Don’t Suck Ebook is now available f’free baby! 📥
If you’ve been wondering how to…
💭 Step up your game on camera
💭 Know *exactly* what you need to invest in
💭 Stop wasting time and energy on materials that don’t reflect your best, profesh you
Grab the guide by clicking the link above to get it in your inbox immediately.
For other links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/058
Hello and welcome to episode 57 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Hey, remember my guest from episode 49 Broadway Actor Bret Shuford, also known as the Broadway Life Coach. Bret has created this really fun and creative way to add more positivity to your life.
The Actor Mindset Reset is a FREE 14-day video series where Bret shares a daily inspirational video highlighting a different aspect of mindfulness, as it relates to the performing arts. Sprinkled throughout the training are seven unique coloring pages created in collaboration with Coloring Broadway to help release anxiety and solidify that day’s training. Inspiration, Musical Theatre, AND coloring? Does it get any better than that?
Why coloring? Coloring is a non-cognitive, artistic activity- meaning it both calms your mind and frees your creativity. Coloring is known for lowering cortisol levels, calming nerves, and reducing stress. Damn, I’ve got to revisit those coloring pages and do them.
Plus, the act of creating without thinking puts you into the flow state where you are allowing ideas to come and go without forcing them. You become more receptive to the here and now. And regardless of what is happening in our minds as we try so hard to predict the future, the here and now are always beautiful.
It’s no surprise that coloring is a favorite backstage activity on Broadway. Kids, adults, especially swings and standbys! Amidst the energy and sometimes chaos, they feel that urge to free their minds and create, create, create.
The Actor Mindset Reset is not limited to a specific time period. It will begin whatever day you sign up and continue for two weeks. Visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/057 for the link.
Today’s guest is actor, filmmaker, and podcast host Ashley Tabatabai. After growing up in Spain and then attending University in the UK, his focus gravitated towards an acting career. As I’m sure many of you actors can relate, an actor’s life consists of numerous auditions and rejections. Ash wasn’t going to let that stop him so he began to write and produce his own content and went on to premier an award-winning short film at the LA International Short Film Festival.
I wanted listeners to hear about his experiences with creating his own content as an actor and about what he has learned from interviewing casting directors on his podcast The Ash Tab Show.
Hello and welcome to episode 55 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Can I be real with you for a moment? My biggest goal for my coaching business is to help thousands of unstoppable musicians and actors like you attract fans, media, and industry so that you can book gigs and make money with your talents.The plan to get there? By teaching and supporting one artist at a time through my 6 phase roadmap that focuses on small steps and consistency to succeed. Easy as that. The same goes for building your career, attract one superfan or industry supporter at a time by showing up consistently and authentically. You can click the link in the show notes to download the free resource How to attract fans, media, and industry for musicians and actors at http://singdanceactthrive.com/freebieThe making money part of the equation is the tough part as Money can be emotional. Our fears around it can overwhelm us, and even if it’s not true...when we just don’t feel like we have enough, our minds tend to go to the worst places, right? That's why I want to introduce you to Katy Chen Mazzara!
Katy is a financial coach who helps creative types make more, worry less, and create true financial freedom. We have the same business coach and I heard her speak at a coaching virtual retreat that we had and I immediately knew that I had to work with her. Then I thought you would benefit from her practical tools and spiritual practices to get you where you want to be with your finances so I invited her on the show.
Katy is holding a Masterclass, starting December 8th, and in that Masterclass, she's going to teach you her 6 Steps to Financial Freedom, as well as coach and answer your personal financial questions!
And...what I can't believe is...she's doing it for FREE...to really help you to put a plan together for the new year, so that 2021 can be the year you make more money, pay off debts, buy a house, get started on an investment account or whatever your financial priorities may be! Sign up NOW for the FREE Masterclass so you do not miss out!
Here is my conversation with Katy and for links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/055
Hello and welcome to episode 54 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
I’m so excited that I have created the ultimate resource to help unstoppable musicians and actors like you attract fans, media, and industry so that you can book gigs and make money with your talents!!!It is called … wait for it… “How To Attract Fans, Media & Industry for Musicians & Actors: The 6 C’s Roadmap to Book Gigs & Make Money!”The Roadmap takes you through 6 in-depth phases that when followed in order will lead to accomplishing your goals.
The best part is that it is FREE! You can download it at http://singdanceactthrive.com/freebie
Be sure to check out the getting started action steps and resources provided in each phase and then join us in the Unstoppable Musicians & Actors Facebook group for additional support.
My guest today is Catherine McNally, an award-winning Canadian actor, director, producer, educator as well as an international fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
She recently received Critics Circle Best Actress Award for Mrs Warren’s Profession. She is a recipient of the prestigious Christopher Plummer Fellowship award, Woman in Shakespeare Award, Tyrone Guthrie award, and is one of the top ten artists voted by Now Magazine.
As a diverse actor, her selected film/TV credits: Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Handmaids Tale, Schitts Creek, 12 Monkeys, Reign, Saving Hope, Flashpoint, and The Whistleblower.
She was recently seen in Mrs. Warrens’ Profession, Measure for Measure (Thought for Food) Boston Marriage, Chasing Margaret Flatwood, A Winter’s Tale, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Orphan Muses.
Catherine teaches acting a Toronto Film School, George Brown, and is co-founder of the McNally Kennedy Acting with her husband Robert B. Kennedy
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/054
THE CONFIDENT CREATIVE ACADEMY a Free Virtual Training event that brings the World’s Top Creative Experts and Transformation Leaders together to teach you how to build your self-confidence to move forward with the creative career you know you are meant to have.
Hello and welcome to episode 53 of Sing1 Dance! Act! Thrive!
You know those moments where the world seems to crack open and you never see things the same way again? ⠀⠀Mine happened when I discovered coaching as my next calling almost exactly 3 years ago and it restarted my passion for helping musicians and actors succeed by creating new solutions for artists to overcome their challenges. ⠀⠀The real key though was my hiring coaches to overcome my own challenges. ⠀I just signed up for another year-long coaching program so bring on 2021 with my 3 coaches!⠀It is a huge shift in mindset and motivation to go from semi knowing what you want in life, but having no idea how to achieve it to know exactly what you want in life and have the confidence that you have the resources and coaches that will ensure that you will achieve it. It is no longer a question of “if” it’s “when”.⠀
As you reflect back on the past year, are you happy with your creative career? Do you feel that you are reaching the level of success that you dream of experiencing?
It’s funny how we dedicate so much time, energy, and effort to perfecting our craft, but when it comes to the next steps to get our work out into the world, there doesn’t seem to be a clear path.
The truth is, during our formative years we are taught many valuable skills, but most of us are not taught how to build self-confidence, stay inspired, motivated, and follow through with our goals and dreams.
My guest today, Karen “Cricket” Garratt, is on a mission and her mission is to inspire and guide creatives to share their gifts with the world. This is why she created THE CONFIDENT CREATIVE ACADEMY, a Free Virtual Training event that brings the World’s Top Creative Experts and Transformation Leaders together to teach you how to build your self-confidence to move forward with the creative career you know you are meant to have.
I will be one of those creative experts and will be giving a talk on how to attract fans, media, and industry for musicians and actors. The 6 C phases to cultivate a thriving career in the arts.
Karen is a certified Life Coach and inspirational singer-songwriter based in Sonoma County, California. As a lifelong musician, her passion for personal growth led her to writing and performing songs that inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams. In 2018, she discovered life coaching and found it to be the bridge that connects the message of her music to the fulfillment of dreams.
Now Karen helps artists and creatives gain the confidence, clarity, and motivation they need to create financial abundance with their passion, while living their joyful purpose doing what they love.
Do yourself a favor and visit THE CONFIDENT CREATIVE ACADEMY to get your free scholarship to up-level your confidence and become the confident creative you are meant to be!
Also be sure to join my newly re-named facebook group - Unstoppable Musicians & Actors because I will soon be facing another challenge that has been holding me back by going live on video inside the group to offer tips and tutorials to help you attract fans, media and industry. https://www.facebook.com/groups/unstoppablemusiciansandactors
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/053
Hello and welcome to episode 052 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Today’s guest Darryl Hurs is the founder of Indie Week, a music festival and conference that takes place annually in Toronto, Canada that showcases acts from all over the world. This year like many events they are transitioning it into an online conference which is taking place November 10th to 14th. Darryl is also the Canadian representative for CD Baby, an online distribution company that gets independent artists onto all the major streaming and purchasing platforms.
This episode is jam-packed with information so I’ll get straight to the interview.
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/052
Hello and welcome to episode 51 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Today’s guest is Gemini and Stage Raw Theatre award-winning actor Cara Pifko who has played the recurring character of Paige Novick on the 39 time Emmy Award-nominated television show Better Call Saul since 2016.
Acting professionally since the age of 7, she practically grew up on Canadian television shows including Sharon, Lois, and Bram’s The Elephant Show, Road to Avonlea, Our Hero, Human Cargo and This is Wonderland which in the lead role garnered her the Gemini award for Best Actress.
During her transition from child to adult actor, Pifko became a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and later made the move to Los Angeles, California. As she became known for her dramatic acting skills, guest star roles on CSI Miami, Without A Trace, NCIS, CSI NY, and The Fosters followed.
Pifko’s Canadian connection remains strong with her appearances on CBC television’s longest-running one-hour drama Heartland, which is broadcasted in more than 100 countries.
She has appeared in many films including Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One and her starring role in the Lifetime TV movie I Me Wed. Lending her voice to multiple episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the video games Mass Effect 2 and 3, she has become a sought after voice-over actor.
Pifko balances her acting career with a passion for coaching actors, performers, and storytellers on writing and voice-over acting.
We had a really interesting and wonderful chat about her whole acting journey so I know that you will enjoy it.
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/051
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