We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Tanner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chelsea, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I initially chose my career path as a classical flutist because it is what I was good at in school. Both of my parents are also professional musicians so I had great examples of what a career in this field could be. I loved the creative aspect of interpreting music, and performing for an audience. I loved to be able to communicate without words, which is something my shy younger self always appreciated. My love for music and an eagerness to succeed drove my ambition for a long time. However, the classical music world is saturated with musicians, and has very little job opportunity. I ended up getting a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and became a visiting professor at a couple of different universities. However, the harsh reality of the competition, constant comparison, and rejection was getting to a point that I didn’t have the tools to handle it by myself anymore. That’s when I found mindset coaching. I found coaching tools that helped me motivate myself, have confidence in my artistic abilities, and help me through harsh rejections. I’ve ended up merging these two paths and I’m now a mindset coach for musicians and creatives who want to stop feeling inadequate and feel confident in their careers.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a mindset coach I help creative people, mostly musicians, navigate a life in the arts. There’s a lot of “lack” mentality, or the feeling of not being enough or not doing enough in the world of classical music. This can be hard to handle because nobody tends to talk about it outwardly, it just isn’t in the culture to talk about emotions. Everyone thinks they are alone in feeling nervous, inadequate, and like they’re never good enough. I have felt all of these things before and have figured out a way to not only be happy with myself and thrive in my own definition of success, but I also started a business with the goal of helping other musicians and artists do the same.

The life of a classical musician comes with a lot of pressure, to go to the best schools, the best festivals, and win a job in an orchestra. That’s the traditional coveted path, that if people don’t take can be labeled in really negative ways, like they “didn’t make it.” These high pressure dynamics can be hard on us as individuals and nobody tells us how to deal with constant rejection, having to perform perfectly under pressure, and pervasive self-criticism. It can be very hard to value yourself and your skillset in this career path and that is ultimately what I help people do.

I’ve gone through 10 years of music school to realize that the most important thing I can do for myself and my career is treat myself with care and kindness. I’ve learned that outside accomplishments are nice, but they won’t make you feel confident or happy unless you have opinions about yourself and your career that make you feel confident and happy. This way of thinking is liberating for everyone, and sometimes hard to navigate, which is why I became a mindset coach. I want to help musicians value themselves, and create confidence for themselves as a way to move the art form forward. Empowered artists can create a rich culture of bold art. When artists constantly doubt themselves, criticize themselves, and don’t believe in themselves, they’re much less likely to share their art. My mission is to help as many artists to empower themselves as possible.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visiting me in Brooklyn, I’d probably take them first to get some coffee! I’m a coffee lover and I personally get all of my coffee beans from Partners in Williamsburg. I’d also take them to brunch at The Butcher’s Daughter which has an incredible vegetarian menu. Of course in New York, you have to get pizza and one of my absolute favorite pizza places is Scars in Manhattan. I’d also take them to either a stand-up comedy show or a concert (most likely at Lincoln Center). A frequent Sunday treat for me is getting a sandwich from Napoli Bakery (best sandwich I’ve ever had) or a breakfast sandwich from Frankel’s – both in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We’d probably eat in McCarren park and catch a performance at Pink Frog Cafe. Some go-to breweries are Talea (a female owned brewery – they have great sour beers), Other Half, and Evil Twin. There’s so much to do in NYC, the sky is the limit, but these are some of my go-to’s.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am truly indebted to the people in my life who endlessly support me. Along my professional journey, my two biggest mentors are my former flute professor Marianne Gedigian, and my life coach school mentor Brooke Castillo. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also say that my mom fields endless phone calls and always answers with encouragement and support, as does my partner Diego.

Website: www.chelseatanner.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/_chelseatanner

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/chelsea-tanner-115999b4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chelseatannerflute

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChlvyXgJdPFwCCFgRGSXwrg

Image Credits
Taylor Rossi Photography

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