We had the good fortune of connecting with Debbi Dachinger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debbi, why did you pursue a creative career?
I believe that the majority of people who work in the artistic or creative professions, will tell you if asked, that they pursued a creative career because — what other choice did they have? The same is definitely true for me. Like it or not, I was not built for a corporate career. I was not made to be a company employee. The idea of that seems confining, as though I would be limited within a company and having to abide by a lot of rules; needing to color inside the box – that was never going to be my way. For me using my voice to live out loud in a multitude of ways has been very satisfying. I love the opportunities I’ve been given to express myself and I’m incredibly grateful for all of them and all the purposes they’ve served. I have been an actress and a singer professionally. I have been a lead singer for a big band and a jazz band. Over 13 years ago I started doing a radio show, this was pre podcast era, and I found it rewarding to have a voice on radio, for something I was passionate about, which at the time was creating dreams into reality. Suffice it to say, one day I found that I wanted to reach more people, so I began writing books about creating dreams and it was a new, exciting journey into the publishing world, which I relished. Mostly because it was so satisfying finishing each writing project, and because of the feedback I received from readers. I was changing lives! I was inspiring people to do new things and venture out beyond their comfort zones. Then people started to come to me and ask if I could teach them what I was doing and the courses, trainings, and programs, both group and private were established. I remember teaching my first group class on how to write a book, and what that felt like to witness people succeed. The students started with an inception of a book idea, and through the coaching they were facilitated to write a good book, finish their book, and then publish it. I recall when I received the inspiration to start producing anthology theme books and started bringing authors aboard to write chapters and the amazing experience they felt they had doing that. At one point I decided to help authors turn their books into guaranteed international bestsellers on Amazon. Being creative also is never ending, and I think that’s another reason why I still pursue it. Just recently after a 11-year hiatus from singing, I realized how much I missed it. But a voice does not go away. Although the muscles may need retraining. Playing guitar, saying (I think you meant to write: Singing), playing violin, all three were things I once upon a time did very well, but gave up 11 to 13 years ago as my Dare to Dream radio and podcast career, book author, and certified coach, all became wonderfully consuming. So here I am, I just started singing again a few months ago and will be picking up the instruments again slowly and surely. I have already played and performed in front of socially distanced people. As an artistic and creative being, I never know what is next around the corner. I tend to be somebody who can get bored; therefore, creativity affords me to open up to new experiences, adventures and inventions. After all, we truly are all co-creators. I think finally that’s the best reason of all for why I pursued the creative career I am in. Because I am ultimately a creator and it is beautiful to manifest one’s vision out into the world. Whether it is through singing, hosting my podcast show, writing books, or guiding my group classes or private clients. I think that ultimately, I came here to live out loud.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My company Dare to Dream: KNOCK OUT Training, Programs and Podcast, has been self-sustaining doing that for over 10 years. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most magnificent people who merely had a dream to become a bestselling author, and once they have written their book, it is gratifying for my company to run the campaign for an international bestselling book for them. I also teach classes called the Ultimate Visibility Formula, online on zoom, and show people how to be interviewed on podcast and radio, so they can get their message out there in a fast way, and get massive results like filling workshops, webinars, finding their tribe, building their database numbers, and selling books. I have had the good fortune to be highly creative out in the world, and to teach people how to take their creativity out into the world. One of the most meaningful experiences I have had was to have a client come on board to work with me and watch them begin, starting from having limited visibility in their business, only to help them with their books, bestsellers, and interviews. I’ve seen multiple clients become noticeably more confident, savvy, and visible in a way that allowed them to become a go-to in their field of expertise.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Drive the Angeles Crest Highway. … Wildlife Learning Center. … Venice Canals. . Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Broad Museum, The Broad Walt Disney Concert Hall, Huntington Library, Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, and of course…. the beach!
We’d eat at Pizzeria Mozza, for Italian, in Hancock Park. Philippe The Original, for French dipped sandwiches, in Chinatown. I’m a BIG wine lover, and have, through years of classes, become a certified wine specialist, therefore wine tasting at wineries is a must experience. Sometime during the week long trip, I’d take my guest out to experience a Jalapeno Margarita (Mercado anyone?). Yum
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I received mentorship from Gary Douglas, founder of Access Consciousness when he taught a group of us that to have a successful business we needed to focus on a deal and deliver transaction. He shed light that most collaborations, partnerships and business ventures fail because both parties are not being forthright and clear about what they are going to deliver nor are clear on what precisely exactly what the deal is. And once both parties put on the table what they are going to deliver, then both must be happy with the deal, or negotiate until they are both clear and happy, or walk away. Being clear at the onset of any business relationship has been a game changer for me and I pass this wisdom on to all my entrepreneurial friends. Anytime someone is upset because of a deal gone wrong I know immediately they did not set up a clear deal and deliver with the other person. When I use this amazing wisdom, business is honest, easy and clean. We both know what we are going to deliver going in, and have agreed on the same deal. I give Gary Douglas all the credit for the brilliance of that.
Matthew Serafina Zsuzsa Novak