Updated: Jun 9
Serving kids has radically shaped my perspective of what it means to be a good leader in today's world.
It all started with passion.
“I never knew being an artist was a career track -- I just loved playing the guitar, writing songs, and singing.”
I started playing guitar at 16 after watching a few youtube tutorials. Four years later, I found myself in Times Square performing in front of 1.2M people on New Years Eve. I never knew being an artist was a career track -- I just loved playing the guitar, writing songs, and singing.
My music career ended suddenly when traumatic memories from my childhood resurfaced and I was forced into a time of hiding & healing. Music became a lifeline to me during these harder years -- singing & songwriting kept my hope alive as I learned the power of song to transform pain and bring freedom.
Passion is Powerful
I finally reentered society a few years later, got back on stage, and launched Passion is Powerful, an artist development coaching program for kids that brought together all of my musical experience, from singing, to writing, performing, and playing multiple instruments. I taught kids in their homes, 1:1 and in groups, and after the pandemic, I was able to reach students from all over the world through Zoom.
"More valuable than any practical musical advice or tactical training I've given throughout these many years of teaching, is my passion for self-expression and giving kids a voice through song."
Music in the inner-cities of Los Angeles & New York
Outside of coaching kids through Passion is Powerful, I also had the unique opportunity to produce a few extraordinary experiences for inner-city kids through partnerships with local and national non-profits. In 2015, I produced a performance with the kids from Arnold Schwarzenegger's After-School All-Stars in New York & Newark. The kids learned my song, "Free," and choreographed a dance to perform at the fundraising event at the top of World Trade Center, 4.
In 2017, I worked with the Los Angeles chapter of After-School All-Stars (ASAS) to produce one of my favorite projects, a musical collaboration between ASAS and OMG! Cameras Everywhere. OMG! is a non-profit that connects inner-city kids with award winning videographers, songwriters, and producers to create an original song & music video.
Together we created a song with Diplo, Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder from One Republic at one of Michael Jackson's recording studios in Hollywood. This was an incredibly special experience for the kids and for me. The song we wrote was called, 'Here in America,' and featured powerful lyrics from first-generation American kids about their experience growing up in the inner-city of Los Angeles.
Current projects, future goals
Serving young artists has been one of the most marking & rewarding investments I've made in my lifetime. Working with kids has radically shaped my heart, my future dreams, and my perspective of what it means to be a good leader in today's world -- all of which influence my work now.
In June of 2022, I transitioned away from coaching kids musically as well as from pursuing a career in music as an artist myself. I handed my business over to a friend in Los Angeles whose heart for kids and music has been the same as mine for decades.
Now I work with my husband, David Geus, developing his Adventure Coaching Program for boys in Redding, CA, which we co-founded in May of 2022.
While my heart will always beat for music, the scope of my work & projects extends well beyond it now, delving into the realms of social justice, educational reform, and much more. I'm working alongside leaders in government, business, and faith institutions to create innovative solutions across a variety of arenas, all of which aim to passionately & powerfully impact society, and of course, children.