279: Shine Like a Diamond ft Marisa Lee Naismith

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with host artist Miriam Schulman

We’re joined by Marisa Lee Naismith, a powerhouse in the performing arts industry. With decades of experience, she’s excelled as a vocalist, singing teacher, voice researcher, industry mentor, and international presenter. We dive into pivotal moments of her music career, and explore her insights on conquering perfectionism. Marisa also shares invaluable advice on the importance of self-care for artists. Let’s talk about how your creativity deserves to shine like a diamond.

“As artists, we know that the creative journey is a thrilling adventure, and it’s filled with ups and downs. It’s about taking risks, stepping out of your comfort zone, and embracing your unique artistic voice.”- Miriam Schulman

In this podcast, you will discover…

  • Perfectionism holds you back from pursuing your creative endeavors. Taking action, even if it’s imperfect, is essential for growth.
  • The value in prioritizing self-care and the role it plays in your creativity.
  • Self-belief is a crucial component of achieving your creative goals. Believe in your worthiness and potential.

“Create your own masterpiece with your life, not just with your art. Write your own story and dazzle the world with your creativity.”- Miriam Schulman

“Believe in yourself. You are worthy. You are worth the effort. You always have been and always will be.”- Marisa Lee Naismith

Links Mentioned

🎨 Artist Incubator Coaching: Transform your art business by implementing the 5-part passion-to-profit framework so that you can finally earn a sustainable income from your art.

📖 Artpreneur, by Miriam Schulman: The go-to handbook for artists aspiring to turn their passion into a sustainable and profitable career. This book offers inspiring stories and practical advice that empower artists to embrace a confident mindset and follow a clear path to creative and financial freedom.

🎼 Marisa’s Performance Mastery Coaching Program


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About Marisa Lee

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith has had a sustainable and highly successful career in the performing arts industry for over 45 years as an award-winning vocalist, singing teacher, voice researcher, industry mentor, international presenter, author & podcast host. Marisa was awarded a PhD based on her investigation into the training of singers across popular music styles and has spoken on stages all around the world regarding her research work and experiences in the music industry. In 2022, she published her book, Singing Contemporary Commercial Music Styles: A Pedagogical Framework, which was targeted towards offer training to singing teachers and other professional voice users. In 2021, Marisa proudly launched her popular podcast, A Voice and Beyond, which aims to empower others to take centre stage in their own personal and professional lives. On July 1st this year, Marisa launched her performance mastery coaching business, where she works with singers, professional performers and other creatives who are looking to take their careers to the next level. Through her coaching program, Marisa will help her clients clarify who they are as artists, so they have the skills, craft and the confidence to launch their performance and creative careers.

It’s now Marisa’s mission to pass on all those hidden gems that she discovered during her career journey, to anyone and everyone who wants to create greater impact in all aspects of their lives. She wants others to experience the joy of getting life-changing results, and the satisfaction of being well paid, having a successful, and sustainable business doing the work they love.

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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Listener shout out of the week!

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I have been feeling uninspired, lots of ideas, just limited materials. As an artist who grew up in persistent poverty, I am eternally grateful for this podcast helping me gain new perspectives. Thank you for answering so many questions that have crossed my mind. I feel much less alone.




😱 If you're struggling to get your ART BUSINESS off the ground — it's NOT your fault.

And it's not because you don't work hard enough. You're just focusing on all the wrong things!

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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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