S1E7: Natalie Gelman—Sings with Soul

007-Natalie-Gelman These are show notes taken from an audio interview. To listen to the actual interview, please use the player above.

Singer/songwriter Natalie Gelman is quickly gaining acclaim and recognition for her music. Her passionate songs and voice have brought comparisons to Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Jewel. Upon releasing her debut album Natalie rollerbladed 1,500 miles up the East coast from Miami, FL to NYC raising money for charity in concerts along the way. She is currently touring the country in support of her album, Streetlamp Musician. 


Favorite quote

Natalie doesn’t have a favorite quote, but in true artistic style, writes a “?” on the back of her hand to constantly remind herself that anything is possible.


Failure moment:

She was disappointed with some aspects of her rollerblade tour in that she wasn’t able to get the amount of press she wanted, didn’t raise as much money as she wanted for the charity the tour was supporting, and ultimately after these unfulfilled expectations, felt lost after it.


Biggest success:

Being able to connect with her audiences the way she does. Success is a daily thing for her.


Unique selling point

She believes that her stories she sings about and the way she connects with people really set her apart from others in her art.


What’s working for her business-wise?

Tenacity! If it takes thousand “no’s” to get to that one “yes,” she’s working through that thousand!


Interesting story from the road

Natalie tells us about how she’ll often see the same people on the road in very different places, sometimes on opposite sides of the country.


Other topics touched upon:

• Her development as a musician and how she started street performing.

• Sometimes it’s good to have an element of ignorance.

• How important it is to have a good support team.

• Being brave and taking action.

• Differences with family members as she was trying to build her business.

• Collaborating in regards to business with other artists; sharing and learning from her peers.

• How audiences can be so different from each other and how it can affect your show.


Parting advice:

Clear out space for your success.


Recommended books and resources:

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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The Dip by Seth Godin

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

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Buy Natalie’s Latest Album—Streetlamp Musician


Where can we find Natalie?

Natalie’s Official Site

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