Let’s Skip New Year’s Resolutions this Year and Do Something Better

I’m not doing any New Year’s Resolutions this year and I’m inviting you to join me.  New Year’s Resolutions are about becoming a better you.  Developing new habits.  Nurturing your strengths.  Becoming a faster, fitter, kinder, more efficient, more creative you.  A way to strive towards who you want to be in the new year … Read more

How the Pandemic Gives You a Chance to Reimagine Your Career

Throughout my life many of the most challenging circumstances in my career also turned out to be the biggest opportunities. Times where the path I was on wasn’t working out pushed me onto a route that was better suited for me. This is a common career story.  Why is that?  It’s because common paths tend … Read more

Acknowledging our Grief

I’ve been really busy the last six months.  Acquiring food and necessities during shortages. Checking in with friends and relatives. Worrying about whether my parents were taking sufficient precautions.  Setting up Zoom happy hours for friends and group meetings for industry colleagues. Restructuring our group offerings at iCadenza in the middle of the launch of … Read more

Safety at Work in the Post-COVID World

I’m hearing from a lot of musicians recently that they are concerned about their personal safety at work.  We’re seeing many organizations rush to get back into action.  This push is driven by a need to maintain programming, to stay in touch with audiences, maintain revenue, or to provide opportunities for artists.   Many performing arts … Read more

How do I know if you’re the one? Setting up a Collaborator Interview

Collaboration can be the start of Big Wins for your career.  As the old saying goes:  “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  A major shift in your career is often sparked by a strategic collaboration. Finding partners that will work together with you towards a … Read more

Setting Big Goals That You Can Achieve

Setting Goals – That’s easy, right?  Setting goals and achieving goals. It seems like it should be a straight line… Set a goal Take steps to achieve it Achieve the result  Repeat  Somehow it never seems that straightforward.   The first leap is setting goals in the first place. Let me share how avoiding goal setting … Read more

Heather Powell Case Study

Freelance violinist Heather Powell recently moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco after working with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. Currently, her work includes playing with the Los Angeles Opera, ballet companies, and recording for soundtracks for motion pictures and T.V. shows. But even with a high degree of success, she still … Read more