Suzanne “Suz” Paulinski is the founder of The Rock/Star Advocate, a music business coaching consultancy who takes a specialized approach to her work. She calls herself a “mindset coach,” who helps her clients achieve a better work/life balance and to find clarity around their goals. With the endless, 24-7-365 onslaught of social media and other demands required of the indie artist/musicpreneur in the new music landscape, this type of coaching, support, and focus on mental health are quickly becoming essential tools required to survive (and thrive). On this music careers episode, Suz walks us through her career trajectory, becoming one of the first graduates of Drexel University’s music business program, then working at record labels, to pivoting into counseling and mental health. Suz shares her unique journey of discovery and developing her advocacy, aimed towards anyone who is a creative and wants to succeed and thrive, in mind, body and spirit.
Larissa Lam is a twenty-year veteran of the music industry and is a successful singer and songwriter of dance pop music. Her latest single, “I Feel Alive,” won the Hollywood in Media Award and the Akademia Music Award for best song. Her fourth solo album “Love and Discovery” is now a movement for empowerment and mental health, starting the #IFeelAlive campaign with PSA’s for Suicide Prevention Month, sharing mental health resources and more. She’s performed across the country, has had songs placed in TV, movies and video games, and has also released a documentary with her husband, Finding Cleveland, about Chinese immigrants during Mississippi’s segregation and Chinese Exclusion Act era. Larissa shares her unique experience as an Asian American in the music business and best practices of how to get a head start in high school, college and more – all the steps needed to get that music job.