About Deborah Johnson
My experience as a successful entrepreneur in the volatile field of Performing Arts makes me uniquely qualified to speak on the subject of positive mental code in life and leadership. Creating personal and professional momentum, working with a wide variety of team members including agents, managers, meeting planners and scores ofartists and actors has equipped me in running numerous varied projects and programs. I have discovered how to walk the delicate tightrope of negotiation in running showcase rooms across the country, with artists, agents, managers and hotels.
Born on a Dairy Farm, I understand the value of HARD WORK. My father was raised milking cows. I heard the story often of how he had to get up multiple times a night to milk cows. There was no automation and somehow they all survived and thrived! The smell of fresh milk from a cow still brings back vivid memories!
What I Believe...
A Table for One...
In order to create business and stay in business, the mindset of a sole proprietor sitting at a table for one has been fundamental to my developing and ongoing business.
What it takes...
It has taken courage, emotional strength and a clear mindset to make decisions, communicate and lead wide-ranging personality types that tend to be involved in the arts.
With my graduate degree and experience teaching at the graduate university level, my depth of research as well as life knowledge brings relevance and direct application to women at halftime and the H.R. community.
A Woman of Faith...
I believe strongly in a Higher Power...a Personal God. I don't need to go to science to understand this world couldn't just happen with a "big bang." (one of my favorite T.V. shows!) Plus...I know how important it is to call upon a higher power for true & lasting change.
“I see so many not using their skills, talents and resources at the halftime of life. If you are there, I can help you but you have to take the first step!”
My grandmother on my mom's side was a violinist and also played mandolin. She was an immigrant from Italy, playing in Carnegie Hall when she was 16 years old. She graduated from the New York Conservatory of Music, which was quite a landmark for a woman in her era. She then entered an arranged marriage, had a dozen children and really never played again. To carry on her legacy, one of my sisters became a wonderful violinist and I was her accompanist for years. I have also used her on some of my recordings.
During one of my original musical world premieres, the theatre was red-tagged and I definitely felt stuck! However, through that experience, staying strong and making quick, assertive decisions for a large group of actors was imperative in discovering viable solutions. (fortunately the fire department came and opened up the theatre at the last moment and the show went on!)
What Others Say
Deborah Johnson is a pro. Her ideas are fresh; her openness is genuine.
/ Presenter, Producer, Executive Director and Consultant
The depth of layers that Ms. Johnson was able to bring to each session was magnified by her high level of musical ability…an asset to any organization.
/ Retreat Coordinator
Gave me a new perspective of how to move forward. Thank you!
/ TOPS International Days Conference
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Some things I've Done...
I built a business as a professional pianist and vocal entertainer and also taught musical skills from the private to the graduate levels. In all these endeavors I developed successful solutions and systems to either develop my business or develop students skills so they could build their own careers. Putting systems together has also helped me create dozens of albums, write four books, three full-length musicals and hundreds of songs, many up for GRAMMY Awards. The system works!
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