We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Coffey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
That in order to be successful, you need a consistent and “stable” job. I believe that stability doesn’t really exist–just the illusion of it. I think now more than ever people are realizing that if companies need to (no matter how loyal you’ve been to them), they will lay you off if its in the best interest of the company. “You can fail at what you hate, so you may as well go after what you love” (Jim Carrey).
But seriously, we’re told that we need to go to college to get a good job with benefits and a salary and then start a family, like there’s a “one size fits all” blueprint for life! We all have different talents, desires, and life paths and the notion that that one path is suitable and lucrative for everyone is ridiculous.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am an actor, tv producer, dancer, model, and the founder of the Empowerment Artist Blueprint.
I know what it’s like to struggle in your career because of beliefs like:
– I’m not talented enough. I’ll never make it.
– It’s not practical. Everyone is judging me. I’m an imposter.
I’ve always known that I wanted to be an actress and dancer. I used to memorize tv commercials, dance around my room, write songs, write plays, and film my own movies! However, as I grew in the arts my exposure to people who told me I would never make it and that it was an “impractical path” also grew. The more people told me I could never be an actress and dancer, the more I believed it myself.
In an effort to pave a more practical path while still staying true to myself, I got my degree in film and decided to move to California to get a “normal” job while still being close to the arts. However, days after I arrived in Los Angeles I got a major injury that prevented me from walking, much less dancing!
I was now alone in a brand new state with no family, no friends, a job that I hated, and no creative outlet.
This event forced me into a two-year depression that led me to realize what an empty shell I had become. Why did I give up on my dreams? Who was I without my passions? Who was I at all?
Although it was painful to go through, I emerged stronger, more confident, and more successful than ever. In the past few months I have:
• Developed a new mindset and new positive habits
• Signed with 3 agents and a great manager
• Worked more than I ever have before (including booking a MAJOR music video and a pilot!)
I am grateful for everything that I have gone through these past few months—it’s changed my life. The only thing I would change? Having someone to help me through it so I could’ve emerged a bit sooner. I don’t want anyone else to have to go it alone—which is why the Empowered Artist Blueprint was born!
My coaching uses human design, quantum mechanics, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and energetics to help artists uncover their blocks and develop a tangible plan of action unique to their energy type to cultivate new beliefs that lead them to rediscovering the empowered artist within. Within a few months clients have:
– Gone from 0 auditions to booking national tours
– Signing with their dream team
– Seeing more momentum and abundance than ever in their careers and personal lives
Artists are so special. We are so powerful and it’s time that we realize our power, reclaim it, and use it to change the world.
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.
First stop, bike riding in Santa Monica! I love the beach and being outside, and riding a bike up and down the coast is a great way to de-stress from traveling!
Next, hit up Griffith Park & the old LA Zoo for a picnic and adventure!
Definitely show off The Getty and LACMA.
The Fashion District Downtown for shopping!
Hit up a dance class at the Playground & Movement Lifestyle!
Find a concert to go to!
Take a drive down PCH.
Some restaurants I would go to are:
– Dukes Malibu (Sunday Brunch!)
– Moonshadows for dessert at some point!
– The Tipsy Cow in Sherman Oaks for mimosas
– Ep & LP (Obviously)
– The Mondrian Skybar
– Randy’s Donuts
– Silverlake Ramen
– Tacos Tu Madre
– Afters Ice Cream
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout The Acting Center’s lead teacher Amanda Reed! When I moved to Los Angeles, the first studio that I took classes at was the Acting Center. I came in not feeling good enough and not knowing how to navigate the industry AT ALL. Amanda helped me grow as an actor, as a business woman, and as a human being.
The Acting Center cultivates such a supportive and uplifting environment, I am so grateful to have found it (not to mention the technique taught has gotten me some MAJOR breakthroughs in my work)!
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