Growing up as the only boy with four sisters, I was somewhat considered to be the "bad" kid almost to a default. I found my salvation though through singing in choir in church and school. Since singing often felt like one of the only "cool" things I could do "right," it was just a matter of time before it became the vehicle through which I put to the test my father's words that I could grow up to be successful in anything I wanted. So I majored in music, persevered through graduate school, and pursued a career in singing with experiences spanning the globe in many genres including opera, musical theatre, sacred music and art song. I even earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree along the way!
Throughout my journey, I've faced many recurring physical and mental challenges ranging from having tension down to my toes to limiting beliefs up in my head. Many of those limiting beliefs were about what constitutes a successful “career” in singing and the supposedly "right" way to do it. However, I've discovered that for every unavailable or out of reach opportunity, there remains an infinite amount of new opportunities just waiting to be created. It's all about mastering that entrepreneurial mindset!
Anyone can be the creator or catalyst for a wealth of possibilities, even you! I created The Lucrative Artist to help artists and artistically-minded individuals have a safe outlet to realize what they most want out of life and position themselves to develop their own new professional opportunities carrying out or supporting their deepest artistic desires. I love helping people overcome limited beliefs, realize their truest niches and acquire the additional vital entrepreneurial skills and knowledge they need to succeed. I truly want everyone to become empowered to have the successful careers and lives they truly desire and deserve!
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Arizona
Master of Music, Oakland University
Bachelor of Music, Loyola University New Orleans
Money Mindset Certification
Applied Voice Instruction
Academic and Career Advising
Mentor to First-Generation College Students
Musical Theatre Workshop
Audition Techniques Instruction
Adjudicator for NATS and Other Competitions
K-12 Opera Outreach Performing and Teaching
Arts Integration Seminars
Professional and Leadership Development Workshops
20+ Years of Music Ministry
Performance Career (20 Years and Counting)
Some Favorite Stage Roles and Solo Repertoire:
Graduating with an Arts Degree During a Pandemic - Now What?
February 22 & 23, 2020
Check out this recent appearance with the Tuned & Strong Podcast by Angela McCuiston and Dr. Jen Kabbas-May!
Check out this recent interview with Ingela Onstad of Courageous Artistry!
I was the guest on the 72nd episode of the Choralosophy Podcast talking about entrepreneurship for singers and the realities of academia and industry. If you want more insights into the lives of different kinds of choral directors and the different choral director perspectives on many of the issues all performing artists are facing, there are a lot of great episodes worth checking out!
Are you a voice teacher or professional singer looking to improve your relationship with money? I was on the Mindfulness of Singing Podcast to talk about the various money challenges we face! Check it out!
What would Mozart be doing in 2021? This podcast talks about the possibilities of the "real world" in the arts and academy, and I talked about the Lucrative Artist and being an entrepreneur as a singing artist. Check it out!
How is your relationship with money? Do you hate it some times and love it at other times? Do you wish it was easier to bring into your life? I had the opportunity to talk about this and the money mindset coaching work I do on this episode of Relate Podcast!
Take the Stage: The Opera Podcast is a new podcast dedicated to helping young classical singers achieve their artistic goals. In this episode, I opened up about some of my own experiences as a professional singer, we talked about money mindset, ideas for additional income, the importance of financial well-being, and more!
The Business Savvy Singer with Dr. Greta Pope offers weekly conversations with professional singers and industry professionals with a variety of experiences! I opened up about some of my journey and talked about The Lucrative Artist!
ActorCast is a new podcast that broadcasts the work, advice, and insight of actors, writers, directors, producers, and other industry experts in show business. Patrick McAndrew and I talked about overcoming the "starving artist" stereotype, why money should be important to artists, and how to start creating a financially sustainable career.
The Self-Compassionate Professor Podcast supports academics and former academics in finding career wellness. I talked with founder and coach Danielle De La Mare about going into business for yourself to create your living beyond the usual job market!
I was the guest on the February 24, 2020 episode of the Personal Finance for PhDs Podcast, where graduate students of all fields can learn more about finances, career options and more.
“If I want to be free, I've got to be me.
Not the me I think you think I should be.
If I want to be free, I've got to be me.”
- Bill Gove
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
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