Cassandra Claude

How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become an
Artist Life Mentor?

To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining
moment, and a resulting “compelling story”, that brought me to where I am
today – coaching people like you on exactly what to do to build and
maintain stability in their creative endeavors, develop a deeper
understanding of inspired creation, and really tapping into their higher

That defining moment in my life happened in 2015.
I was a vocal and performance coach for years. In 2012, I experienced a
huge amount of trauma and loss within a short few months. My father
passed away, my relationship ended, I was injured in a car accident and all
while I was in a stressful transition leaving my job in hopes of helping other
people navigate and master their skills as artists. I was struggling to make
ends meet at the time because I wasn’t feeling myself. Up until this point I
had no idea that depression could be this debilitating. Still, I intuitively knew
that I needed to make some big changes on the inside to even partially
resemble the intellectual ladder that I had climbed on the outside. Realizing
this, I made a quick and deep decision to be totally committed to my dream.
Like most do at this point in life, I started to integrate with my spiritually
more. I studied yoga and mediation and began to reconnect with my talent
and creativity in a different way.
As I really started to root myself into to developing a new story for my life,
my work started to take shape in a deeper way.

Navigating a huge bout of depression instantly changed my approach to my
world of artistry. I began to perform differently and very soon I began to
teach differently as well. It was through my experience, I realized that my
students needed to be trained and treated as a whole person and not just in a
pedagogical standpoint. I was asked to teach a Voice and Movement
workshop for actors, singers and dancers at the turn of 2015. While this
concept and subject area was new to me, I said yes since I was at least
confident in the vocal aspect. I began to train for it and research on the
origin and it quickly dawned on me that he whole class focused around
expression and liberating performers. I added my own system in addition to
the foundation of Voice and Movement, the workshop was a huge success
and the demand from the attendees both nationally and internationally for a
deeper version of this work began to skyrocket. The more I submerged in
this work, my private voice lessons even changed. Our lessons started to
integrate more mindset work and as we went deeper I saw my students
talents expand. I saw many of these sincerely talented people disconnected
from their gifts, fearful of chasing their dreams, unable to manifest
opportunities, and mired in self-doubt now all of a sudden being

I knew I was living my passion and purpose when my clientele grew so large
to a waiting list and I never felt overworked. It seemed as though the
measurement of success also showed up when my purpose was actualized.
When talent opened up with breakthroughs and constant questions like, “will
you come with me when I tour” to indescribable gratitude and appreciation
from my clients, I knew I had the gift and tools to do something great.

I was now grounded into my new, elevated purpose and started teaching
artists how they can do the same: I watched them build stability in their
creative endeavors, develop a deeper understanding of inspired creation, and
really tap into their higher potential. I have since made a commitment to
dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other performing artists
integrate fully with their human experience as artists and expand their
confidence and talents.

Since then, I’ve worked with many private clients, spoken in front of
countless groups: I lived my dream of building a space for personal core
growth in artists where a high level of introspection and self-awareness is
understood to be the most important attribute needed to succeed as artists;
and I have created Artist Life Mastermind, a series of 7 steps opening and
building on an artist’s Stability, Emotional Range, Personal Power and
Identity, Connection to Talent, Authentic Expression, Clear Perception, and
Artistry Essence and Wisdom that every performing artist needs to apply to
achieve, gain or regain what they desire of their talent in a healthy, positive
way with great confidence and resilience.