A certified Life Coach and meditation instructor, I have been a mentor and resource for performing artists seeking balance and career support since 2007. As a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music performance and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, I’ve devoted the much of the last thirty years to a professional singing career. From my early career, appearing with major opera companies and symphonies across Canada, which included a stint with The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto as a swing, I found a passion for more than opera. I moved into acting, writing and producing a broad range of creative projects (The Belfry, Theatre Skam, Victoria Fringe Festival) and several intimate cabarets (Wanna Sing a Showtune). In 2005, I moved my family to Victoria BC, leaving Toronto,and my plans to rule the world, as a performer behind. I took up teaching, but quickly realized I wasn’t just interested in the voice, but the whole artist. As an artist myself, I realized that singers needed support and skills to manage the challenges of a life on the road, managing inner critic voices and being clear on what a life well lived looked like.
During an early morning walk, I had an epiphany that I could use the wisdom in Life Coach training and my own challenging career path experience, as a way to support artists. Since that time, I have committed myself to the work of life coaching for creatives through one on one work workshops. I have worked with artists at all stages of career and through many programs including the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Universities of McGill, British Columbia, Toronto, Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier and The Canadian College of Performing Arts, Victoria Conservatory of Music. As well as summer programs, such as Opera Nuova, St. Andrews Arts Council Opera Workshop and Highlands Opera. Currently I’m is the Director of Community Engagement for Pacific Opera where my programming includes curating young artist training (The Civic Engagement Program for Artists) and a residency program for emerging new works in opera. I’m passionate about lifting up the creative instinct of singers and empowering them to tell their stories.
I offer workshops for artists on topics such as fulfillment, goal setting, inner critic management, feeding your creative spirit and balanced living to name a few. I’m happy to speak with you and craft something specific for your needs.
Interested in speaking to me about providing a workshop, or giving a motivational speech for your organization?
“Suddenly the dense fog had lifted and I saw the road I have trudged through for 30 years not knowing what it was about or if it was leading anywhere. NOW I see the road ahead I must finish to get to my destination. Thank you for guiding me through."
“Rebecca has helped me to realize that at one point in your life you need to stop being a student of voice and jump into the scary waters of being a professional singer. That it is ok to make a living with your talent instead of always giving your time and energy away for free. That one needs to value their own talent, before anyone else will."
“Rebecca has been invaluable to me and I thank my lucky starts someone told me about her. I never thought I would need a life coach but she really helped me to see a different perspective to my life…I think the most valuable lesson I learned was finding out just what is important and valuable to me."
"When recommending this service, I tell people that it is an investment in themselves. When I’m taking time for this work I can offer my best self to those around me. Rebecca is a compassionate, understanding and intuitive woman who has helped me shine a light on my strengths and dime the light on my critics inside. Thank you, Rebecca!"
"Anyone who thinks about working with Rebecca should know that she is unflinchingly honest, that she has no fear of dealing with difficult questions, that she is so deeply respectful of the human artistic spirit that one feels instantly at ease with her. She has helped me to tap into my Best Self, and I am still on the journey. She is an intrepid and always enthusiastic guide."
"Rebecca listens with a wise mind and an open heart. Her technique of asking guiding questions enable me to identify for myself the impediment preventing completion of a languishing project. I did really appreciate her ability to cut to the heart of the matter without simply offering me a solution of her own devising. So many people offer advice or try to fix other people-not very empowering! Her practical, forward-looking approach to an immediate problem generated speedy results that have already had empowering effects in other areas of my life and work."
"Many people had told me that they had thought about going to a life coach, or that they were thinking about it after our conversation and Boy, did the cheerleader come out then! I feel that going to see a therapist or life coach is still something people hold secret and private, sometimes for fear of others thinking "she's going for help, because she can't handle it". I believe it's quite the opposite. It's wanting to understand yourself better and to move forward with making positive changes in your life. That's not a weakness, it's a strength...When it comes to this girl, I'm ready to shout it from the rooftops "Life Coaching Changed My Life In Such A Positive Way"! I've shared my "Life Coaching Experience" with friends, family, colleagues, one of the ladies that works at Bolen Books, and even complete strangers (including the Bolen books lady), and I'll share it with anyone who is interested in listening."