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Ep. 34: Cindy Shea of Mariachi Divas

Ep. 34: Cindy Shea of Mariachi Divas

February 26, 2020

Cindy Shea is the founder and director of Mariachi Divas, an all female Mariachi group based in Los Angeles. Now entering their 20th year of performing, they have been nominated for eleven Grammy awards and have been honored by winning two.

Cindy grew up in California until she caught the ear of trumpet maestro Arturo Sandoval who invited her to attend Florida International University to be mentored by Arturo. After school she traveled back to Los Angeles and performed with Salsa greats, Yari More and Celia Cruz. Through her connections in the music community and with the drive to create, Cindy began the process to start her own female Mariachi group. Although not Latina, she fell in love with the music, tradition and culture that Mariachi music brings. Cindy worked hard to create her brand and grow the credibility of the Divas. She is a voice and a visionary for all musicians, especially female musicians.

In this conversation, we dive deep into her career, highlighting her leadership, role model qualities and what sacrifices musicians need to make to become successful and keep creating great music. Every musician needs to take note of what those experiences have taught her about becoming a musician and how to handle their career and life.

Then we focus on the AB5 issue in California that is affecting Cindy and every musicians career and lifestyle. Cindy has been a very vocal critic of AB5 and has asked for unity among musicians and other professions to fight it. We start discussing AB5 and it's affect at the 34:00 mark. Pure gold! I just sat back and enjoyed listening to Cindy put on a clinic on how it affects the future of the music industry. She passionate, inspirational and a voice for all involved.

Learn more about Cindy and Mariachi Divas on her website: www.mariachidivas.com

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Ep. 33: Twinkle Time and Friends! - Twinkle

Ep. 33: Twinkle Time and Friends! - Twinkle

February 25, 2020

Described as “like Lady Gaga for kids,” with a super pop sound mixed with a touch of Broadway belt, a sparkling soupçon of hip hop, and plenty of EDM glam, Twinkle  has always danced to the beat of her own drum, breaking barriers, sound and otherwise, with both her music and Harajuku-style presentation. Performing since the age of five doing television, stage and musical theater. As a tween, she was a series regular in the first Spanish family comedy, Sanchez of Bel Air, for the USA network, and she also had a recurring role on NBC’s My Two Dads.

Twinkle later formed the Billboard charting hit girl band, Nobody’s Angel, which was quickly signed by Hollywood Records/Disney and released their debut album in 2000. They opened for Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys, sang on movie soundtracks like The Parent TrapPokemonThe Wedding Planner, and 102 Dalmatians, and, in 2002, earned a gold record for two of their songs on the Princess Diaries soundtrack.

By creating her own opportunities with her incredible talent, Twinkle found her niche, created her own brand and has taken the kid's pop market by storm. She's recorded several albums, videos and performs throughout the country regularly. However because of AB5, she has had to rethink her business, like many other freelancers and entertainers. She has become a strong voice against the law and has gotten involved with others who have been affected to bring awareness and change the structure of the law.

We discuss her career before AB5 during the first half of our conversation. In the second half, we focus on business and life after AB5 and how important it is to become educated on the subject plus what the future holds for freelancers and entertainers. Be sure to visit her website -twinkleandfriends.com/ and follow her on social media especially on Instagram: @twinkletimeandfriends

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Ep. 32: Jesse Rojas of PickJustice.com

Ep. 32: Jesse Rojas of PickJustice.com

February 19, 2020

Jesse Rojas is a farm worker rights activist, spokesperson for Pick Justice, and founder of California Farm Workers & Families PAC. Rojas also launched Mi America En La Radio, the first conservative Spanish-language radio show in the Central Valley. As CEO of The Redd Group, LLC, his organization offers labor relations, human resources consulting, public relations and political consulting. Jesse has been featured on various television appearances discussing AB5 and it's consequences.

In this exclusive interview, Jesse discusses his history with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales, the author of California bill AB5 and what can be done to correct this new law.

Visit his website PickJustice.com to learn about farm workers rights. His TruthAboutLorena.com site gives you the opportunity to win $5,000 if you can correctly answer questions about Lorena Gonzales.

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Join us the week of February 17 - 21 and 24-26 for daily conversations with those affected by AB5 and possible solutions to this issue.

Ep. 31: Meeting & Event Planner Sheryl Schane on AB5

Ep. 31: Meeting & Event Planner Sheryl Schane on AB5

February 18, 2020

Sheryl Schane is a San Diego based, certified meeting and convention planner, with over 25 years in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. Sheryl’s work includes planning, coordinating and managing onsite operations for several industries: Medical, Building, Technology, Insurance, Investment Banking, Financial Services and professional sports. 

We continue our week long conversations with California based freelancers and musicians who are being drastically affected with California law AB5. In this insightful conversation, Sheryl shares a wealth of information about AB5, explains the factors needed to qualify for an exception, maybe, the connection to the Dynamex decision, it's affect on her industry and others, her thoughts on a possible underground economy because of it and much more.

The Impact AB5 is having on Sheryl and the entire Meeting and Event Planning Profession is significant. Colleagues have received notices from agencies or longtime clients making a tough call to no longer contract with CA based independent meeting planners because of AB5. Instead, these agencies and clients have chosen to hire our colleagues from neighboring states to manage the meeting operations here in California because they are not willing to deal with the risks of AB5. This is very sad and disturbing. An unintended consequence of what is happening to us and so many other professions. The ripple effects of AB5 are astounding. 

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Join us the week of February 17 - 21 and 24-26 for daily conversations with those affected by AB5 and possible solutions to this issue.

Ep. 30: Writer Karen Anderson Discusses Ca. Law AB5

Ep. 30: Writer Karen Anderson Discusses Ca. Law AB5

February 17, 2020

This is the first episode in a series that will feature guests discussing the new law in California, AB5. AB5 has disrupted the lives of many California based freelancers, independent contractors and especially freelance musicians. Many individuals and businesses have moved out of state or shut down completely because of this law. Although some groups were able to get exceptions, the majority of independent entrepreneurs still struggle to understand the laws language and how it applies to them. There is also a great amount of 'collateral damage', meaning those who depend on the services of independent contractors and freelancers can no longer get them without expensive legal maneuvers.

Karen Anderson is the founder and administrator of the Facebook group Freelancers Against AB5. A gathering place for information about the law, stories from those affected and how to get involved in it's repeal.

Karen is a third-generation Southern Californian who divides her time between Hawaii and California. With a 25-year career as a freelance writer, editor and photographer, Karen specializes in homes, interior design, architecture, food, travel and feature stories for print publications in Hawaii and California. She is also the author of the local bestseller “The Hawaii Home Book, Practical Tips for Tropical Living” (Watermark Publishing), which earned the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association.

Join us the week of February 17 - 21 and 24-26 for daily conversations with those affected by AB5 and possible solutions to this issue.

Ep.29: Singer/Songwriter Whitney Tai

Ep.29: Singer/Songwriter Whitney Tai

January 28, 2020

We start our 2020 podcast series with a conversation with rising star Whitney Tai.

Whitney Tai is an amazing Los Angels based singer / songwriter who was recently voted one of the 100 best unsigned artists according to Music Connection magazine. Her music is can be described as Indie-Pop or Electro-Rock. Her lyrics deep and moving. She came to our attention through her videos of "Sleepwalk To the Moon", "The Cure" and her latest "Starfish". Whitney is completing her next album that will be released later this year.

Whitney is a true artist dedicated to her career and still finds time to collaborate on projects like the 1905 band and others. We sat down with her at the NAMM show in Anaheim to discuss her background, her passion for music and her future plans. We also were fortunate to see her perform live and electrify the audience with incredible songs and an amazing band.

Be sure to visit her website, whitneytaimusic.com and follow her on Instagram - @whitneytai.

Stay Amazing!

Ep. 28: Jazz Songstress / Advocate Shannon Wallace

Ep. 28: Jazz Songstress / Advocate Shannon Wallace

December 12, 2019

Shannon Wallace is a Phoenix based jazz singer. But she is much much more than that. Shannon has worked in media and marketing all her life and has combined all her talents and passions into being an advocate for the creative spirit and the elderly. Additionally, Shannon traveled to China recently to inspire Chinese students to find their purpose, passion and paths to success. She was one of 25 female artists who made the trip during the three year program.This trip was facilitated through Phoenix based World Academy for the Future of Women. (WAFW.org)

The past four years, Shannon has been the CEO of Musical Memory Care. An interactive workshop for those living with dementia and cognitive impairment. The results have been inspiring and Shannon plans to expand the program in the future.

There are many highlights in this conversation. We hope you’ll listen and learn something about purpose and passion.

“If you’re driven by your authentic heart, you will never go wrong.

Show Notes:

Shannon’s musical beginnings

Combining all her talents & interests

Do musicians consider themselves entrepreneurs?

Advice for music majors

Network!

Musical Memory Care Workshops

  • Some case study success stories
  • ‘Heart Communication’
  • Levels of Dementia
  • “The meaning of life is to be of service.”
  • Branding Musical Memory Care

On the Road to China via WAFW

  • Traveling to ‘villages’
  • The loving ancient Chinese culture
  • ‘We / Us vs. I / Me’
  • Opening minds, Critical Thinking, Possibilities
  • When you know what you don’t know
  • Teaching the difference between Integrity and Authenticity

Going with the flow

Ep. 27: Bassist/Educator Ariane ‘Ari’ Cap

Ep. 27: Bassist/Educator Ariane ‘Ari’ Cap

July 24, 2019

Ari Cap is a prolific bassist, educator and author who's passion is performing and teaching musicians. She grew up in Austria surrounded by classical music. Ari them came to Miami to further her studies and perform in a wide variety of bands and musical styles. Education has always played a huge part in her music career. She has written books such as "Music Theory For The Bass Player" as well as her new on line project, "Ear Confidence".

Ari has recorded and performed with Grammy award winning producers, her bassoon / bass project with Paul Hanson - Oon, The Sippy Cups and more. You can hear throughout this conversation how energetic and passionate she is about all she does. Ari was also featured on the recent cover of "Bass Guitar Magazine" as one of the hottest players in the world. All musicians will get a wealth of knowledge from this episode. Enjoy. Blog & Education Website.  Website.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up in Austria
  • The lure of the bass combined with science
  • Ear training & theory
  • The Miami experience
  • Jazz
  • "Ear Confidence" training course
  • Music projects
  • Tips for working musicians
  • Songwriting
  • RAPID FIRE
  • Victor Wooden
  • Dave Holland
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Marcus Miller
  • Favorite bass/drum combo
  • Steve Harris
  • Ron Carter
  • Esperanza Spaulding
  • Favorite classical music piece
  • A song you wish you had written
  • FUTURE
  • Should a musician leave California?

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Ep. 26: Classical Guitarist Christina Sandsengen

Ep. 26: Classical Guitarist Christina Sandsengen

July 19, 2019

Todays 'Flashback Friday' episode features a conversation we had with Christina last year.

Christina Sandsengen was born in a small town in the middle of Norway in 1987. She started to play the piano at the age of seven and gave her first public performance in the following year. When she was 15, she started to play the guitar, and fell in love with it. From that moment on, she decided to devote herself solely to the guitar.

Christina has performed in leading festivals and venues in throughout the world, receiving outstanding reviews for her many solo concerts. She has performed as a soloist in concert with the Oslo Gitarensemble, as a support artist to Al Di Meola, and has been featured on many international radio and TV programs. Her music has been featured on the BBC radio, and in Turkey, Christina Sandsengen was invited to perform Koyunbaba by Carlo Domeniconi on CNN Türk, and was praised for her recording of the same work on her debut album, Shades & Contrasts.

Christina plays a wide range of repertoire, with particular focus on Romantic music. Her passion for the classical guitar inspired her to establish the Oslo Gitarskole, that was Norway’s leading school for classical guitar, where she has hosted masterclasses with international guitarists such as Xuefei Yang, Carlo Domeniconi and Anders Clemens Øien. Christina plays on a Stephan Connor guitar, and is endorsed by G7th capos.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Favorite composers
  • Being a strong female in music
  • The Family support
  • Metal music
  • Culture shock in Turkey
  • Video concepts
  • Memorable concerts
  • Having the right mindset
  • Practice
  • RAPID FIRE
  • Favorite Classical Guitarists
  • Audience Energy
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years
  • Nylon or Steel strings
  • Describe your style
  • The affect of social media
  • Advice for female musicians
  • FUTURE!