"Astrid has turned around the way I look at my career in the most extraordinary way. I used to think that the professional part of what I do was very separate from the creative and deeply personal aspects of being a composer. Going after professional opportunities to get my music out there felt to me like a very daunting task--one that I found a little distasteful because it felt like "selling myself." Astrid really helped me realize that building a career has to come from the most genuine part of myself--in the same way as building a piece. With this understanding, the professional world looks much less scary to me now, and I'm able to reach out to my professional network with the courage of my conviction, and with the kind of personal investment and care that makes professional experiences deeply meaningful. Career building is about believing in what you do, and its validity; it is about communication and courage. It only works if it feels true to who you are.
With her supportive and positive attitude combined with her incredible sensitivity and intelligence, Astrid has created for me a wonderful safe space to discover how I want to develop my goals from the inside out. I have found in her a true kindred spirit as well as a powerful ally and coach."
— Hannah L., New York, NY
"The [Energy Leadership] assessment broke down my life clearly into seven energy levels, and it was shocking to see how much negative energy level was present. Being an extremely visual person, it was the reality check that I needed. The assessment gave me a foundation on which to base my future action plan in terms of solving issues. While everyone has positive and negative energy in their lives, it is really helpful to know what percentages they are, and how they are also subcategorized, and how these tie in with each other."
— IW, New York, NY
“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
Are you ready to take charge of your life and experience authentic success?
Then you have come to the right place! As a coach, I share my passion for excellence and authenticity in the service of my mission: to inspire and empower you to live a life of genuine personal, professional and creative success.
I am a certified professional coach and lawyer partnering with professional musicians, arts leaders and creatively-inclined lawyers to help them achieve authentic personal, professional and creative success. Thanks to my own career transitions from lawyer to non-profit executive and consultant to coach, university administrator and faculty member , all the while being a musician, an arts advocate and orchestra board chair, I draw on my professional and personal life experience, together with my rigorous coaching training, to help you transform your life through the dynamic process of coaching.
Both in individual sessions and in group training and development workshops, my clients welcome having a partner to tackle the challenges that life brings, especially in today’s world where the rules are changing and the answers are not obvious. I collaborate with you to tap into your gifts, inspire you to make the changes that you want and empower you to achieve your success.