We had the good fortune of connecting with wendy parr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi wendy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Friends have often remarked that only I could pull off an outfit, that I have courage for traveling to Turkey alone, living in India, taking up riding at 40, (and by riding I mean galloping on ex race horses through the field La of upstate New York my second time in the saddle), having kids at 50 and I can see why people say it but I don’t see them as risks.
I follow my passions, I get ideas, creative visions of things I want to need to see fulfilled and I love adventures. So I say yes to taking the adventure. I say yes to doing the work necessary to make my dreams come true. I’m willing to get in over my head. And learn and educate myself and go for it.
I’m currently building a new company, The Parr Method with online courses and a flagship course COMPASS, live with me on artist identity and branding for professional recording artists. I’m turning my processes and methods, things I’ve done one on one with Artist for years and turning them into artist accelerators. This is new territory. I could play safe and do what I know, but I love to grow, expand, and want to make a greater impact on the world.
I’m driven by a desire to empower people, change culture, make the world a better place. My world is that of artists and creatives.
I think my drive is bigger than my fears Whatever you do in life, you have to be so motivated and passionate about it that it gives you the power to move through obstacles and get over the hurdles.
I also think I have a perspective of wonder and awe for the world and a certain amount of naïveté that makes me not calculate the risks. There have definitely been times when I’m in a situation and thought oh I didn’t think this all the way through lol and if I had perhaps I wouldn’t have done the thing but since I’m here, I’ll stay in and go for it.
In taking risks what’s on the side of what could I lose? Jumping out of an airplane I may have heightened the chances of risking my life, but generally speaking I am more prone to take emotional risks. Putting myself out there, in relationships which gratefully has landed me an incredible life partner. I take the risk of being genuine and honest. I can’t live any other way. It’s probably cost me some opportunities and it’s gained me others. It’s resulted in a circle of friends and colleagues who are people I admire, respect and trust.
Taking risks led me to being a music supervisor on a film, performing on stage with Patti LaBelle, writing with A. R. Rahman in India on the Grammy and Oscar winning soundtrack Slumdog Millionaire, working with incredible music artists as a coach and trusted mentor, being in love, being a new mom to twins and building a new company and community for creatives.
Taking risks builds character, provides opportunities for growth, confidence, risks bring adventures and change. Risks are scary, unknown factors and all, and risks are rewarding.
Success comes when you’re in over your head. I say, DIVE DEEP!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Wendy Parr is a world-renowned vocal coach, multi-award winning songwriter, vocal producer, speaker, and educator. Leading with kindness and connection, her guidance has helped countless artists define success on their own terms, in turn impacting millions of people across the globe. Drawing upon over 20 years of experience, it’s little wonder Wendy is known as ‘The Holistic Artist Coach’.
Wendy has made a name for herself working with a wildly diverse array of artists, including Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, Lynn Gunn of PVRIS, Marc E. Bassy, Melanie Martinez of Hamilton + In The Heights, and many more. She emphasizes bringing the mind, body, and spirit into alignment, combining her business acumen with her innate ability to inspire confidence and uncover deep creativity in her clients. Under her guidance, artists are learning to follow their instincts, push through personal and creative limitations, and ultimately chart their own course to the next level of their career. To continue to succeed, artists must learn to evolve in an industry that is constantly changing; Wendy equips them to do just that with authenticity and integrity.
Wendy is also Founder of ‘The Artist’s Circle’; a curated virtual community of multi-disciplinary creatives, where professional artists can connect and network with their peers. The community she has built is a testament to her dedication and tireless support of artists across the globe.
Whether she’s writing Grammy-winning compositions (“Dreams on Fire” from Slumdog Millionaire), speaking in TEDxGateway series [hyperlink], or out on on tour keeping artists’ voices performance-ready, Wendy brings the same passion and compassion into every situation; combined with her extensive experience, there’s simply no one better-equipped to help artists realize their fullest potential than Wendy Parr.
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?
Eat – Here’s Looking at You ohhh YUM + Shunji, best Sushi anywhere
Hike to a waterfall + the beach in Zuma
Hang with my two new babies, cuz squeezing little ones is awesome.
Laughing around a meal, getting real, sharing stories.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to Michael Solomon – friend, mentor and risk taker.
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