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There seem to be an infinite number of resources available to people looking to make career changes these days, and I think I looked into most of them before I met Astrid. Numerous books advised me to do what I loved.  That sounded good, except that I didn’t know what I loved. A career test provided some insight and long lists of possibly compatible jobs, but ultimately directed me to do what I loved - back to square one.  Another career coach, dispensing with frivolities like love, laid out a practical approach to a career path that objectively made some sense, but I knew in my heart that I would hate it.  I felt deficient for not knowing what I loved, unreasonable for rejecting a sensible path that didn’t appeal, and in general, completely hopeless about my situation.

So Percussion Musician

 

“As a member of So Percussion, I am well aware of the struggles of the student musician leaving the “nest” of the university educational system.  Most of what I learned on how to develop a career in the music field came from trial and error and first-hand experience.  After speaking as a guest in Astrid’s class at Yale University, it became apparent to me that she was filling a void that needed filled desperately.  Finally, someone was saying out loud what needed to be said to university students:  “Your career depends on much more than just practicing and talent.”  I wish her class existed when I was in school.  Students taking her class are emerging from Yale armed for the real world ahead of them.  Aside from her practical and hands-on approach to building a brand, she explodes with energy at every turn, inspiring you to sit up and take notice of every word she says.  I have to say, I work with passionate people in the arts on a daily basis, and I have never come across anyone so genuinely excited to help people seek their highest potential.  Yes, my experience with Astrid has been tied to the music business side of the world, but her energy, skills, and practices can and should be applied to anyone seeking to be employed doing the thing they love to do.  If you have a job in mind that you couldn’t believe someone would pay you to do, Astrid can help you get there.”

— Josh Quillen, So Percussion; Bard College; New York University

 

Yale School of Music Graduate & Pianist

 

"Astrid's approach to personal development and self-discovery was stellar. She was able to consolidate my hunches on what had made me successful and happy in the past, and to refine them in a positive, value-oriented way. The workshop was succinct and compelling, addressing both the practical and psychological concerns of professional musicians. Astrid is an inspiring and engaging speaker, and also a compassionate individual. I highly recommend her workshops to all those who have all those questions and doubts that always seem to be milling about upstairs!"

— David F.

 

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