Voice, Breath, Songs

EPISODE #13 From Dancer On the Lion King to Artist Coach

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Broadway-Calibre Performer and Choreographer
 Mental Performance Consultant and Performance Coach
 NET Practitioner
B.Sc. (Psychology), MHK (Intervention and Consultation: Performance and Sport)

Having danced for over 30 years – 10 of which were spent training and performing professionally as a ‘triple-threat’ dancer, actor, singer in Toronto and New York City – Ayanna has taught hundreds of performers to get the most out of their performance. She incorporates her unique experience as a successful performing artist with her performance psychology education to coach other performing artists, as well as athletes, to drastically elevate their performance.

Her unique experience informs her coaching as she has had the privilege of performing as an ensemble member and as a “swing” performer in both Disney’s the Lion King and at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre.

(Ayanna is extremely passionate about performance: whether on stage herself or when coaching her athletes and performing artists to realize their peak performance. She is highly committed to providing the tools that will help her clients to reach their fullest potential.

Ayanna now combines NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) with her work as a Mental Performance Coach to help her clients go even deeper, to release internal or subconscious blocks. In this way, they may unveil potential that they did not know already existed so that they may be freed to explore where it might lead! )

What she shares on this episode

In most cases the blueprints for our lives as artists are laid in the formative years, we easily recollect that day we heard a song played or a saw someone dancing or acting and knew in that moment that was what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives. But it’s never as easy as it seems. In a world that is so competitive and fast paced we become a minority. This thought is what holds us back from doing the things we love the most. On this episode Ayanna talks about her personal experience in the world of dance, the things that she did differently to pursue her heart’s desire all out.

As an artist it is imperative that you are open to possibilities because you never know where life is going to take you. It may seem like a challenge at first but allow yourself to consider the chances of it being better than you ever imagined it to be.

In this episode of the creator mindset podcast

  • Her journey of becoming an artist
  • The steps she took to find an agent that could promote her and create opportunities for her
  • The challenges that she faced physically and mentally
  • Ways to keep the experience fresh even though you do it repetitively
  • Keeping your audience engaged and connecting with them

Key takeaways from this episode

  • If there is something you truly want, go and get it.
  • Ask questions and speak to people in your area of interest
  • Create connections for yourself
  • Prepare yourself mentally for all the probable challenges you may have to overcome
  • Pursue other hobbies to let your mind relax and be creative
  • Do your work prior to getting up on stage.
  • Be committed to yourself and your role

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