Debra Russell of Artist’s EDGE combines her two passions– the world of entertainment and facilitating growth and change in people’s lives. As an certified business coach, workshop leader and keynote speaker, and a certified NLP and Hypnosis master practitioner, Debra works with creative individuals to help shape their success in their chosen field. Debra specializes in the performing and visual arts working with artists, musicians and actors, and on the business and production side with writers, directors, producers, engineers, venue operators and executives.
In 2001, Debra trained with the Australian based Results Coaching Systems and become a Certified Business Results Coach. She extended her training to also be certified as a Lead Trainer and has trained coaches for RCS for a year. This experience positioned Debra to become a motivational leader and presenter offering innovative workshops and seminars at professional development conferences.
“It is My Mission and My Purpose, as a business coach, to work with creative individuals who dream of using their creativity as the focus of their career/business.
Artists who long for a full-time living as artists. Musicians who dream of quitting your day job to make music. Anyone who chooses to “follow your bliss” and serve your higher purpose in your every-day income-earning lives.
I coach you to create a prosperous and sustainable living doing what you love and fulfilling your purpose while taking really good care of yourself and your family.”
Well known as a Music Business Coach, Debra has also created several innovative programs which have been presented at entertainment industry trade conferences including SXSW, the Western Arts Alliance, TAXI Road Rally, NSAI’s Songposium and Advanced Songwriter’s Camp, San Francisco Women’s Film Festival as well as to private groups and organizations in the US, Europe and Australia.
These programs form the basis for the Artists Marketing & Business Academy, which opened its virtual doors in 2005.
As a child, Debra learned from her mother, the CPA, how to budget and how businesses work from the early age of 11. From her father, who held a PhD in Experimental Psychology, she was gifted with an intuitive insight into human behavior.
As an adult, she has discovered that she can combine both of these talents through coaching to inspire deep and lasting change in her clients and empower them to create real success in their business and their lives.
Debra’s own creativity began in her teens when she began acting in high school and later appeared in off-Broadway productions in NYC. It was during this time in her career that she also began producing and leading personal development programs setting the stage for the eventual development of her company, Artist’s EDGE. While earning her BFA in theater from Syracuse University’s conservatory program, she also studied directing as her minor. She moved to Los Angeles and worked in the production side of the film and television industry, commercials and music videos.
On the brink of fulfilling her dreams of directing and producing films, life took a distressing turn. She was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) in 1995 and spent several years learning to manage her illness.
Knowing she would never be able to return to film, Debra did a lot of different things, wondering, “What am I supposed to do now?” And then in 2001, coaching found her! (Ask her, she’ll tell you the story!)
In 2001, Debra trained with the Australian based Results Coaching Systems and became a Certified Business Coach. She extended her training to also be certified as a Lead Trainer and spent a year training coaches for RCS. Always looking to expand and improve her skills, Debra continued her studies at Thomas Leonard’s Graduate School of Coaching. In February of 2008, she began her training with the Christopher Howard Training Company and quickly achieved her Master Certification as a Results Coach and as a Master Practitioner in NLP, Neurolinguistic Repatterning and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.
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