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In our last blog post,  we explored how students at Yale University tapped into their passion and purpose in order to ignite their search for a creative career.OMURA Pencil Pouch Multi Purpose 13.5 x 10 x 0.2 (Pack of 4)  A great way to ignite that search is to write a Life Purpose Statement. The Importance of A Life Purpose Statement Purpose is key to creative success and fulfillment.  Your purpose is …

This past week, I had the privilege of speaking on Creative Success Now: How to Ignite Your Passion and Purpose for Successful Creative Careers” to students at Yale University.Max Factory OCT168706 Fang of The Sun Dougram Max 08 WE211 Maverick 1 72 Scale Model Building Kit My talk attracted a variety of students who were intrigued about creativity and turning their passion and purpose into a successful career.  These included singers, composers, performers, an aspiring novelist, several …

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“Thank you, Astrid! Your coaching really helped me figure out a way to approach the vast new career field [of music production] I was treading into. Aurora Model Fantasy Game Miniatures Eleven Gladiator Fighter Metal Figure FE06I was able to frame what I was doing very clearly and keep focused on where I was going with it in a way that was probably the most productive I’ve ever been.” – …

One of the hallmarks of my class at the Yale School of Music, Creating Value Through Innovative Projects, is that students learn by taking action.  Funko POP Disney 2016 Summer Convention Exclusive Pirates of The Caribbean Ghost Barbossa Action FigureMy seminar’s focus is how to generate innovative solutions to the most pressing problems in classical music today. Over the course of the past semester, my students worked collaboratively on four different creative projects. Three …

I love working with creatives to help you achieve success in today’s ever-changing landscape!  I firmly believe that we live in an age where creatives can not only make a living from their creativity but also thrive.  Razor Cruiser Scooter Yellow Red Wood DeckYet, creativity myths pervade our culture. These myths cast doubt on the importance and sustainability of creativity in the 21st Century. Let’s examine …

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When we last left the students in my Innovation and Collaboration class at the Yale School of Music, they identified the key problems of their audiences.MasterPieces Googly Eyes Pets Puzzle (100 Piece) by MasterPieces  The next order of business was to come up with some creative ideas for solving these problems.Greenex Build Your Own Solar Helicopter We entered the phase of creative problem solving known as “ideation” where students have brainstormed using a variety of …

It’s exciting to observe the process of creative problem solving! Innovation can occur when you provide a solution to a problem that meets the deeper needs of your intended target audience. To do so, you need a good problem statement.Adventure Super Soft Lightweight Blanket Boy and a Cat Walking on a Rope in Front of The Full Moon Fantastic Imagery Print,Super Soft and Comfortable,Suitable for Sofas,Chairs,beds In my Innovation and Collaboration Class at the Yale School of Music, my students have now coalesced around 4 project …

My class at Yale on Creating Value Through Innovative Projects is off to a great start! The focus of my seminar is how musicians can generate innovative solutions to the most pressing problems facing classical music today and to work in collaborative groups to solve these problems. Phat Ninja Slayer Dark Ninja (Anime Version) Figma Action FigureMy goal is to make my students better thinkers so that they can lead …

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This past week, I led two sessions with the management team and the ushers at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on how to leverage and flex the 4 communication styles for world-class customer service.Set24 +13 Racers FidgetKute Car Toys Lightning McQueen Trucks & Racers Metal 1 55 Loose Kids Baby Toys Set18 +5 Racers It was a thrill for me to be at the theater because I have been a balletomane since high school. In fact, when …

I am passionate about empowering creative success!  In fact, my mission is to help creative people achieve success so that the world is teeming with creativity.Lego Technic 9397 Logging Truck Why? Because I believe that when we put our passions and talents to work in the service of spreading creativity throughout the world, we are making the world a better place. The goal of …