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Brian Kelly:
So here's the big question. How are entrepreneurs like us, who have been hustling and struggling to make it to success, who seem to make it one step forward, only to fall two steps back? Who are dedicated, determined, and driven? How do we finally break through and win? That is the question, and this podcast will give you the answers. My name is Brian Kelly, and this is The MIND BODY BUSINESS Show.

Brian Kelly:
Hello, everyone, and welcome, welcome, welcome to the Mind Body Business Show. Oh, my goodness, we have a phenomenal show lined up for you tonight. We have an incredibly, incredibly talented young man who can sing like you have never heard before, probably. And you're in for a treat, because I was told a little secret that he's going to teach me how to do it and we're going to sing a duet together. OK, maybe not. I don't know. Something surprising is in store. We'll see how that goes. Hopefully, he can drown me out when that happens. If that happens because you don't hear me anyway. The MIND BODY BUSINESS Show, we're going to have a lot of fun tonight. What is that about? It is about what I call the three pillars of success. In the last decade or so, I began following solely and only successful people and really studying them. I'm talking about personal mentors of mine that I've worked with. I'm talking about authors, some whom I've met, some who I've not, some who are with us, some who are not. And I'm just looking at successful people trying to find what those patterns of success are. What did they do? You know, we're all human. What made them more successful than I was at that time? And I began realizing there were these three patterns that kept bubbling up all the time. And you may guess what those are. It happens to be the name of this very show. Mind is having a very powerful and flexible the key here, flexible mindset. That's what very successful people have done. They have worked on themselves. This stuff does not normally come naturally. This takes effort and it's just knowing where and how to change your mind for the better and then body to a person. The people I focused on, the people I study, they all took care of their body literally. I mean, physically, they worked out an exercise on a regular basis and they also ingested healthy nutritional food and liquid. And then there's business, business is multi, multi multifaceted, it includes things like marketing, sales, systematizing leadership. I could go on forever about all of the different skill sets it takes to master the third pillar of success, and that is business. The good news is you as an individual don't necessarily need to master all of them. In fact, there's one of those that I just mentioned that if you are just to master that one. Then you could be set, and that is leadership, once you've mastered the skill set of leadership, you can then easily, more easily, I should say, delegate to those who have already developed those skill sets that you currently do not have. And so that's good news right there. And so we are here I am here to bring you the best of the best of the entrepreneurs, the most successful people that I bring on this show from all over the world. Tonight, we have a young man who is an incredibly gifted singer who is taking his talents and using them in a unique way to help people as an entrepreneur. I cannot wait to dove into this. And speaking of diving in, another thing that very successful entrepreneurs do on a regular basis is they are very avid readers, readers of actually good books. And so with that, I like to segway very quickly over into a segment I affectionately call Bookmarks.

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Brian Kelly:
All right, a little tune almost got me singing, but not not yet, not yet ReachYourPeakLibrary.com. So here is something I want to please emphasize right now, and that is you're going to be learning about several resources on this show, especially from Mr. John Brant's. He was coming on right after this and. Please do yourself a favor, and rather than click away and go looking at these sites and resources on your computer or your phone or tablet instead, rather I implore of you go grab a piece of paper and a pen and use that and take some notes and go ahead and do that. Right now, at this very moment, if you don't have that, if you need to step away for just a second, this would be the only time to do that. Because what I'm about to share with you is simply a gift. It's a gift for you and it's called ReachYourPeakLibrary.com. And I literally had it built with you in mind with the entrepreneur, with the business person who's looking to get ahead, looking for that next level of success. And so what I began doing was listening to books on Outwell. I did not list or I did not read books until my late forties on a regular basis. I waited a long time. I'm currently fifty six at the airing of the show and I found quickly what a life changing habit that became. And so I began listening on Audible. I found that that was the way for me to read, thankfully, because I still probably wouldn't have read very many if it was still only by paper or book or Kindle. And so that's my mode of reading. So I began reading voraciously and I started compiling a list of those books that I personally read that actually had an impact on me either in business or in my personal life or in both. And so only the best of the best made it to this list thus far. And it's continually growing and it is here for you if you're looking for the next good read or your first good read. Either way, at least you can go to a set, a library, if you will, books that has been vetted by one other successful individual. And that way you won't be risking wasting your time nearly as much. So that is what ReachYourPeakLibrary.com is all about. It is there for you. Please make use of it. You click on the button, it takes you to Amazon to go by the book. So enjoy that and write that down and visit it after the show is over. And now it is time. That wonderful time I've been waiting for this all night to bring on our special guest expert.

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Brian Kelly:
And there he is, ladies and gentlemen, the one the only Mr. John Burnsy.

John Brancy:
Hello, Brian.

Brian Kelly:
How you doing, buddy?

John Brancy:
I'm doing well, man. How are you doing?

Brian Kelly:
I'm doing really good now that I get to talk to somebody who has a similar voice like mine.

John Brancy:
Yes, exactly. So talented. I can hear it. Pull it out.

Brian Kelly:
All right. It will require a lot of pull and hope. You've been working out good. A lot of.

John Brancy:
This is effortless.

Brian Kelly:
I can't wait till we dove into that real quick before we get too deep into it, John, I'd like to remind everyone that's watching live that if they sit down to the very end, the very end of this live show, you can win a five night stay at a five star luxury resort, compliments of our pals up there. The big insider secrets, dot com, you see them there if you're watching. And they help us to give one of those away, every single show. So we truly, truly appreciate them. I love giving away these. And yes, very soon we will all be free to move about the country. I'm just believing it's going to happen. And with that, I want to formally bring on this amazing young man by introducing him with the respect he deserves. A Grammy winning baritone, John Prince's intense musicality and communicative power placed him among the finest of baritones of his generation. I hope we get a little piece of that singing by The New York Times as a vibrant, resonant presence. Francey won first prize in the art division of the art song division of the Twenty Eighteen Concourse Musical International Day, Montreal. That was a mouthful. I'm not French. I hope it does. All right. When Win that recognized him as a premiere interpreter of Arts Song Repertoire In our time, the New Jersey native has also performed on major stages throughout the world in Moscow, London, Paris, Berlin, Toronto, Los Angeles and Vienna, to name just a few. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Times and beyond. As an entrepreneur, Brancy has started and founded multiple projects and companies and currently seeks to improve the lives of other entrepreneurs through the innate power of their voice. Oh man, this is going to be the hot diggity. So, John, you are you are a very successful individual, both as a singer and as an entrepreneur. So that's like double whammy. There's something going on in that big, beautiful Bernier's that makes you different than most of the people out there who haven't figured that out yet. And so what I like to do is we covered kind of the superficial or the surface with that introduction. I want like to do is right off the bat is dig in, get a little bit personal. Not not not in an annoying way, and just find out from you, like when you get up in the morning and as an entrepreneur, challenges face us each and every day. You know, it's not for everybody. It certainly is not. And what is it that keeps you going, John, when you get up in the morning, what is it that's motivating you that when you come to and you're finally awake and fully conscious, like, all right, another day in front of me, let's do this. What is it for you that helps motivate you each and every day, day in and day out?

John Brancy:
And it's amazing question, and it's something that I I think about quite a bit, actually, because especially now with covid, because that is such a you know, that's changed the game so much and it's slowed everyone down.

It's slowed me down. I had an entire season worth of work ahead of me that got canceled. So basically 12 months worth of concerts are on the on on ice. And so normally when I wake up, that that's kind of the main focus is getting prepared for either, you know, the next role or the next musical piece that I have to learn, which is normally not in English. It's in another language. And and or, you know, the various projects that I have rolling that's that that require all of my attention and and me connecting with other people. And I'd say, like the big thing for me is, is just kind of following following that line, you know, that that that that line of of what's what's to come and what's possible and setting setting dreams and goals in the future and listening to myself and following my my own inner voice towards those goals. And in the morning, I mean like just a morning routine as like I always wake up, I drink a big thing of water and then I make some coffee and I don't actually eat.

I do the sort of like what is it the the intermittent fasting. I do I do that probably every day. I mean, it's just it's not intentional. I just started to do it. But the mornings I like that. I like to have a little bit of coffee and caffeine. Maybe I'll put some coconut oil into it or something like that. But yeah, the coffee's really important.

Yeah, that's funny. I have a similar routine. I'm not getting it's coffee with coconut oil infused. It's amazing. And got to have that caffeine at least I do. It kind of gives me a little jolt to add. Oh yeah. We already got folks coming out and saying hi. Hi Kimberly. How're you doing. She is an amazing young woman from the East Coast. I do know her personally. She is phenomenal. Thanks for coming on and supporting and if you have questions later, bring them up. You're going to ask them because this is going to be a very intriguing topic tonight because, well, you'll find out in a moment of what this young man has put together using voice as basically the foundation of what he does.

And it's phenomenal. And so you get up, you have a routine. Now, this is one thing.

Well, it's changed for me. Now, that was my point, is that I yeah, my routine has changed because of covid. And now I'm switching gears and, you know, every day I'm home. I used to be on the road. I used to live on the road. I didn't have a place to call home. I called Airbnb my home, actually, because I was living.

I mean, I have an extensive Airbnb listing if you ever need, you know, some of the best Airbnb in France and Germany. And I'm your guy and I've got some pretty good reviews on Airbnb as well, I'll tell you that.

But no, I mean, like, now it's it's just getting up and, you know, kind of coming back to the same projects that every day it's the same thing. And it's it's working with people one on one, with their voice, working on my voice training, getting backed into my my practice as a singer, which is pretty much entirely based on my technique and advancing my sound and kind of exploring what's possible, which is always what I've how I've approached the voice. So it's right now it's just kind of adapting to what's happening and pushing forward is is really the kind of the name of the game.

And as I was opening in the beginning about mindset and being flexible, you're doing exactly that, right? Yeah. You were you had one routine that was established and then covid kind of forced your hand, if you will, to change it up a little bit. But you just did it. You know, that's that's the difference between successful people and those that struggle is that, you know, it's a very vitally important to remain flexible at all times because every single day is is fraught with challenges, not just Kodet, but every single day something is going to come up where that flexibility will come in very, very handy, where you just basically solve solve the issue at hand and move on and don't even get emotional. Yes. Let's just say next, bring it bring it on. And the more that you get in the habit of doing. I'm not talking about you, John, but in general, the folks listening, the more practice you put into that, it just becomes it really becomes quite automatic. Yeah. And you will just roll with it. Yeah. You go through the emotions. Don't get me wrong there. We don't become emotional as. Robot or anything like that, but you definitely do get it in somewhat of an autopilot after you've trained yourself to get into that now.

Singing I can imagine and I've seen clips of you on stage, you are extremely fit. And I can imagine with the energy that you put into your singing and your performances that you've got to be correct me if I'm wrong, but you've got to be in physical in great physical shape to do that.

I mean, the quarantine has been a little bit of a deterrent on the exercising thing.

But yeah, I three days a week minimum, I've got to do either a run or some sort of body weight exercise, yoga. I've been doing yoga since I was a teenager. So it's it's actually been something that I've consistently trained at. And I've found that the benefits of yoga as a singer were the flexibility in the body and the mind and the breath, specifically the breathing techniques that are in yoga were incredibly informative to me and my development period, going to school for learning how to use my voice for opera.

That's awesome. I remember the first time I did yoga. I remember looking at it before I did it, going, OK, I'll strike a pose, OK, I'll just go strike another pose. And then I did it and I'm like, I have never sweat so much doing nothing in my entire life. It was awesome. And then the flexibility lati because I never cook John in my entire life. Up until I was in my late forties, I never could bend over and touch my toes without bending my knees. Never could have zero flexibility. After doing yoga for a while I could and I'd go out golfing and all of a sudden I'm crushing the ball off the tee and I'm not doing anything different, not swinging harder. And I just it's got to be OK. That's the only thing I changed at that time. It's amazing. So for those of you that are watching, if you have not put yoga into your repertoire as far as exercise and keeping fit bodily and mentally, my goodness, it's I, for one, agree with John that that's something you should put in your your quilt, so to speak.

Yeah, yeah. I have a few yoga teachers that I've followed through the years and there they've always been kind of mentors of sorts and have I mean, it's amazing that they dedicate their life to that sort of thing as well. You know, it's their special characters in their own right to do that.

Very, very true. Very true. Speaking of entrepreneurs, you know, you're you're a singer and you also have to be an entrepreneur to be a singer, don't you? At the same time, I mean, don't you have to market yourself as well? Yes.

Yes. It's a big it's a big job. We have to have a publicist or some of us don't have a publicist. I've had maybe one or two. And, you know, they they're not cheap. And then also the also the you know, because it's all about kind of jumping from one level to the next in in the world of opera and live stage, anything. It's, you know, the the pieces going to be there for a period of time. And then you move on to the next thing you know, it's it's not a it doesn't live forever. Not it's very rare that you'll get on a project that has that stage ability that it becomes like a, you know, a household name or remembrance or something. It has to like hit a specific vein at a certain time. You know, there's specific projects and composers. And, you know, you can you can you know what they are, you know what they are. But for those of us who haven't quite gotten into that moment or are just kind of working our way to find what that thing is going to be, there really are these sort of stages that you have to hit. And every single time, every single project is a new entrepreneurial experience to new life form almost.

It's like you're jumping in. Like, one thing that I did in particular is I set up my I over a four year period. I set up a national tour of songs from composers who fought in World War One. And I culminated the project started in twenty fourteen and it all culminated in this tour that happened from September to November of twenty eighteen. And we did our final performance was at the Kennedy Center on Veterans Day. So we like I had some crazy mental foresight and the staging that I did for all of that. And really it was a lot of my own work and blood and sweat and tears literally that went into that project. But it got us to travel throughout the country when we went literally all over the country from September to November. We did, I think, like 20 to. And cities and the shows were an hour and a half each. So all all memorized four different languages and yeah, for any English. Yes, yeah, a lot of it actually, a lot of it well, because a lot of the British were fighting in World War One. So but in the process also, you know, it was four years long learning about World War One. I feel like I did a doctoral degree.

So that's full immersion right there. And that's flexibility. That's creativeness. That's entrepreneur ship right there for everyone watching. Listening. I know that, John, for sure. I mean and I love how you talked about it being like almost a new world every single time. That that actually excited me when you said then, like, that sounds like fun because I get bored so easily. I think that's a trait of entrepreneurs because, you know, he can't sit still, just got to get on to the next thing and hope it's slightly different. I hope it's different each and every day, because if it's not, it just gets boring to me. And the thing I was really intrigued by was I listen to a podcast not too long ago that had the name escapes me, the lead singer from a band called Candlebox. And I don't recall his name, but there I like the band. I like the music. And just listening to this guy, I could not believe this is like my first realization how entrepreneurial that even rock bands are. And I had no idea. I just thought they just were out there and saying and and made a lot of money and had a great time and didn't really have to work in between gigs. And nothing could be further than the truth. Just like you're saying. It sounded like they did something similar until they made it. And then I'm sure they got all the help like you did with the publicists and all that. But still, you still keep going.

I'm still working, man. I'm not I have not made it. And I don't think, you know, maybe I won't ever make it, you know, and that's not really the point. The point is that it is for the work. It's for the people. It's for the audiences. You know, that's that's really the and that's what sucks so much about covid right now, is that I I mean, I've done some virtual performances which have been really cool, and I have a few that I'm working on lining up for the future.

But that's it's just it doesn't have that same sort of visceral, you know, when you have an audience clapping for you and a thousand plus people in front of you and you've just seen your face off for an hour and a half, it's just there's a there's nothing like it, you know, so it's it's really kind of all about that to me at the end.

Yeah. And I can't wait for that to come back. My wife and I love smooth jazz and we were booked to go on a cruise that was themed for it. And yes. And we've been on it twice. She's been out three times. She went with her girlfriends the first time and then she couldn't stop talking about it. I wanted to go. I just couldn't make it. And then, oh my gosh, it's like a drug. I've got to get I got to have it. And I get back on that cruise, man, and we're booked again. But it's not now for two years, I think it is. We have to go to Vegas to do a in-house ground based version coming up in February. But that got canceled.

Do the covid not releasing enough by then. And so it's just I get it. But there are artists like you on the smooth jazz side that are doing the same thing, online music. And I will tell you as a fan, please don't stop. Please do not stop, because tomorrow. Yeah, tomorrow night, Friday night, we listen to an artist who does a phenomenal job, a one man show. He's got all the electronic gear more than I have, which is hard to fathom because I'm a geek. I've got control boards and mixers and things all over the place, and I love every bit of it. This guy's got multiple of everything and he's the top of the top of the top when it comes to a smooth jazz pianist, keyboardist and trombonist.

He's with me and I have to get you get his name from you. That's that's pretty cool.

It's Brian Culbertson. It's got a great first name. Last name could use some work with Brian Kober, but I've actually met him in person twice on the ship, of course, from those two times because he was on it. And then once in Beverly Hills, I was there on business and I happened to hop across the street to Starbucks. Wow, that's pretty cool and the cool thing with these guys, the smooth yet and gal smooth jazz artists, they're just so personable. I walked up to him, said, Hey, man, I don't want to get in your way of your day and all that. Can I just get a quick picture? Oh, yeah, man. And he started talking to me just cool's anything but please. For the sake of everyone, John, if it's in your wheelhouse, if it's something that you can take advantage of and you'll get some ideas from Brian Culbertson for sure how to monetize. He's done an amazing job with it. Yeah. And check it out. Definitely. And I mean the entrepreneurial side of Culbertson came out. I was just like I was telling my wife, look what he did, you know, listen to music. And I said, look at his website. Look what he's doing. He does live like we're doing scene transitions. He's got sponsorship from wine. Very smart because he's drinking. And so. Yeah, yeah. And and gadget's that he gives away and he has a membership site he spawned as a result of it.

This is awesome. Give me a lot of ideas, Brian. Yeah. I'm going to start really thinking about it for I'm thinking about maybe pretty strongly for the for the spring. Right now I'm working on a I'm actually working on a vocal program.

That's my main because I want to I want to give people the ability to to sing and maybe we can talk a little bit of a perfect segue way of it, because that was literally where I was going next, was I want to find out what you're doing in the wake of this where you're unable to perform live from stage. What are you doing on the entrepreneur side of things, using the voice, as I said earlier, and kind of tease everyone as kind of the foundation of what you're doing now? Please tell us all about it.

Well, the reason why I'm on this show, I have to shout out to Tyler Clark from Dream Firms. Tyler Tyler is a marketing guru and specialist through multiple uses like multiple platforms and a click funnel, just one of the things that he specializes in. So shout out to my boy Tyler. Tyler and I are very close friends and we we grew up together in South New Jersey. But so thank you for for getting me on the show. But what I've been what I've been doing and what I've been working on has been the basically working one on one with people and working in groups, group sessions through Zoome. It's just been an easy platform to utilize during this time so that I can basically help you whoever's watching, connect with your voice, with your instrument. So actually learn how to use it like an instrument. And why is this something that's important? Well.

If you've ever had an interest in singing at all, any interest in it, this would be of interest to you because you would be able to explore the aspects of your voice that make music. And that's something that could be of interest to you or to even teach your your kids how to sing or something like that. The other thing that's that's really powerful is actually the power of speech and talking and feeling your voice rather than just internalizing what you're saying, but actually feeling what it feels like to say something and to resonate those words into reality. What we're able to do with the power of our voice is we're able to change, change our vibration, change the vibration of people around us to communicate better, more clearly.

And what I do through the work that we do together is help you access those tools and access those innate abilities, abilities. And what I call I call this the singing sense.

So it's a it's a play on the word The Sixth Sense, but it is your singing sense. And all of us, every single human being on the planet has the ability to be a singer. And this is my message. This is what I believe and this is what I hope I can convey to you.

And maybe if you're interested, maybe we will work together on your singing sense.

Absolutely. Yeah. And we'll give everyone the ability to get in touch with you because you did offer a little gift. A little birdie told me that we'll be revealing later in the show. So what would be an example of so you get you get a client, they come to you.

Is there a way you can show exactly part of the process or, you know, maybe a before after like before they came? They were they had these issues and now they're they are different. Anything like that?

Well, I've had clients that range from age nine years old. That's my I have a little kid right now who's who's loving every session that we have. I'm just teaching them how to sing for the first time to I've had a I've had a student that was in his 70s. Wow. So I've literally spanned the life span of the human and everything in between, really. And I work with people that are amateur singers, people that have like for instance, with Tyler, he hooked me up in working with some of his accounting clients and they were learning how to, you know, sell their practice to different people over the phone. And all I did with them was the basic technique of connecting to your body and to your breath and to your ultimately your voice and how to resonate.

More clearly, more cleanly and with more directness and confidence in the residents, so, I mean, if you want to do a little bit of work with me right now, Brian, maybe we could explore is this duet time?

I think this might be duet time. I'm game.

I love that fun. I love to be open and excellent.

That's all really requires is just a little bit of openness, a little bit of flexibility, which is what we talked about and just some curiosity. So now I do. What we do in the beginning is before we sing, we have to get ourselves into the proper state. So you may have heard about the flow state.

So as a singer, I have a lot of different things that I have to deal with all at the same time. I'm singing in a different language. I have a lot of other people that I have to communicate with and I have to perform with on stage. I have a conductor that's conducting me. I have to be exactly in time. So I have to catch him when he's cueing me or she is cueing me and there's an entire orchestra playing and then there's an entire audience that I have to communicate with, plus all of the props and the stage managers and everything behind me. So I've developed this.

It's a it's a method of basically being both because I also have to deal with everything that's happening within my body. I have to be able to communicate and perform. So this is called the dual awareness or the wide angle vision. So I want you to continue staring at the camera and everybody else that's that's out there watching right now. Look forward, look at your camera, look at your screen, and then begin to see everything all at once, see your peripheral vision. So you're looking at one thing, but you see everything. And what this does is it brings our brain into a different wavelength. We're going to start slowing it down when we're on a higher wavelength. We're focusing on one thing we're typing or reading, which is great. Maybe even sometimes when you're reading or flowing through the reading, like, you know, I know that you like to read, but keep keep this focus. Open up. Open up the eyes. OK. Now, what we're going to do is we're going to have that internal I come in, I want you to start scanning internally into the body and the way that we are accessing that.

So you breathe through your nose.

And you hold your breath at the top. And then you breathe out.

Very good, Brian, very good. I can hear you and I can see you in my peripheral vision one more time breathing through your nose. Hold it and retain that air inside, feel like you've expanded now, release just ever so slightly on, that's your support. Now that you have this dual awareness happening, OK, Brian, get ready. Here we go. I want you to take your hands and once you start tapping your chest, tap on your sternum right here, right now, breathe in again through your nose and make this sound for me.

Oh, yeah. Nice. Big, big and open and. Oh, yeah, open the mouth one more time. Breathe in.

Oh, there you go. There you go, Brian.

Now, now, now we're going to slow down. So you feel feel your chest. You feel that vibration. Right. Right. Your body is vibrating. You've raised your energy. You're connecting with your sound. Try this for me.

Oh. Whoo!

Yeah, nice, whoo! Whoo!

Yeah, there we go. Whoo! Whoo!

Whoo! Yeah, yeah, that's it. These two things together.

Ha!

And oh, those are the two building blocks for basically all singing.

It's your head voice and your chest voice. OK, so we can go deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper down the path, but I think that's enough for today. And unless you want to sing, sing a little bit more with me.

Yeah. If you ever need to stand in and you get sick or something, just give me a call. You got it, Brian.

It's a little bit that's a little bit of a taste of how the sessions will begin. And and then we go into ask a lot of questions about like what they want, what they're looking to do and where they're all all those sorts of things.

I love the focusing and taking in the the peripheral vision. We call it Hukilau and NLP and do the same thing. And it puts you in a state, a different state, very similar what you just described. So that was and definitely felt I'm feeling a lot more energetic, especially after the sternum and the the mouth open. That was fun. And here's here's what I want to impart on everyone else. If they thought that was kind of weird, especially because I was the one doing it, that's probably weird, but it's OK. And that is the key. You know, if you feel like you're getting a little uncomfortable, that's a signal to your subconscious brain saying you should do it because anything that you if you stay in your comfort zone, you are certain to stay where you are right now.

That's true.

That's that's true for singing at my level as well. I mean, you know, I push myself to experience different levels of repertoire and languages and all this different stuff. And when I feel sort of pushback or resistance, that's when I know I have to go deeper into that direction. So that's a really, really good point.

Yeah, it's that it's resistance. That's it. And it's also coined as fear. It's not the fight or flight fear, but it's just afraid of the unknown, not knowing. What are people going to think of me? Well, who cares? This is your life. Move forward when you know. So to peel back the curtain, John told me that I might be doing some singing. I had no idea.

And I just said, yeah, let's do it. I you do not want to hear me sing like trust me everyone. That's what I told them. I make dogs ears bleed when I say so. I thought and he said, let's do it. I said, you know what, I will be utterly uncomfortable.

But I love every minute you give me you give me a few sessions, you'll be singing like a bird, like a beautiful, beautiful dove.

I don't doubt it. If I can serenade my wife, she'll finally believe I can do it. I believe it. I know that that's true. I don't blame her for not right now.

I'll tell you who is not a pretty sight or sound at the moment. See, you've got to frame it at the moment. Don't just say that's true.

That's true. Fantastic. Thank you for that. That was a nice session. You'll you'll bill me later at the invoice. Yeah, right. And so when you when you work with clients, is there a set amount of time or days or weeks that you found to be necessary or does it vary by client? How does that work?

I found that the best timing is like either forty five minutes to an hour. So I have like I have those two sessions because some people like to go a little longer, but beyond an hour it kind of just becomes a little too much information. But then I encourage the client to at least for twenty minutes a day, just do something with their voice that's not speaking or or yelling, you know, but that has to do with like moving the voice and practicing some of the things that we work on. So it's just just twenty minutes a day. It's not that big of a commitment. I mean, you can do you can do it while you're in the shower. That's actually a very encouraged singing in the shower. It's great because of the humidity and also the resonance of the chamber.

You know, when you're in the shower, you aren't normally in a very resonant bathroom or tile, something like that. That's why you can hear yourself know the ear and the voice are intrinsically linked. That's one of the very interesting things about the mechanism that we have here. And so when you hear your own voice from when people when you're singing with other voices, you're actually feeling that other person inside that you're responding to that voice. So I encourage that 20 minutes a day because it's going to become it's going to make you feel closer and easier and more more connected to your to your own sound.

That's awesome, and then so when you take people through these sessions and they get to the point where they're getting results, what is it that what is the end goal for people going through? I mean, when people come to you, what are they looking to gain from having those sessions with you?

Well, it really is kind of like we can split this into two. You know, you have the people who are coming to me that are looking to audition for Juilliard, which I have a student who is going to be auditioning for the master's degree program at Juilliard this fall. And I'll be working with him on various levels of repertoire and language, learning and technique.

And then you have the the other group of people who are literally just looking to explore the possibility and potential of their voice. And that group, I hope to impart a lasting effect of wanting to go deeper and understand their own instrument.

And so after this, after we worked together, when you go back into the workforce or when you are, you know, calling clients or you're developing some sort of pitch, it can be really anything.

You are going to be coming to that now with a new level of understanding of how you're going to present yourself and how you're going to use your your instrument.

And I mean, it's especially important for people who are speaking in any way in front of the camera or on stage or on the phone, you know, and it's just those little things. I mean, we can get it in one session or we can get in a few sessions. I mean, it really depends on how quick it comes to you. But by the time we're done, the goal is to really kind of elevate and evolve your your vibrational frequency with your own voice and really kind of get to that next stage of communication and confidence.

Yeah, you hit the nail on the head when you said people that are speaking like more people than ever are doing live shows now. Exactly. And I hear this a lot that people don't like the sound of their own voice. Yes, I used to say that as well. I'm fine with it now. I've been doing this for years. I still don't like listening to myself just because it is me, but not because of the voice, if that makes sense. Right.

Like your kind of personality, your personality comes through your sound, you know, and that's actually one of that's such a great thing that you're bringing up here because.

When it when what we do and how I work is that it becomes more about kinesthetic feeling, I want you to feel what you say. That's what I do as a singer. I am literally feeling the tones in which I'm parting into the room. I feel what's the meaning behind the poetry that I sing to the audience? And that comes through my vibration. That comes through my voice. And that's the sort of difference here when we're talking about, you know, listening to yourself and kind of analyzing what you how you are as a person personally versus just feeling what you're saying and where you're coming from. And that being the thing, that's the main focus. It's hard. I completely understand that. It's it's a difficult thing.

And maybe for some people it's like, how could I ever how could I ever get get get over that? But I promise you, it's it's totally possible.

Yeah. And I imagine it would be much quicker with your help with what you do because you're getting them in tune and in the habit of listening to themselves and being with themselves in their own voice. And I love what you say. Feel what you're saying, because not just singers. Think about this. Everyone who speaks from stage. I'm talking to the audience now, everyone that speaks on camera like now, this is great feedback for me. And it's making me think like if I felt more and took a little bit more time to get the word out, not not to put people to sleep, but slow it down a little bit and be more put more feeling kinesthetic slows things down. Feelings are when people go to kinesthetic, it just naturally slows. Yes. And there's time to be slow and there's time to be emphatic and energetic.

And we go through all those during the course. But I could understand that if you like someone that comes to my mind that feels everything he says is less profound. One of the foremost motivational speakers on the planet. Seventy five years old. I had him on the show, gosh, five weeks, six weeks ago. And this guy, he tells stories, but he feels it and you feel it. And that's why one of the reasons he is so impactful and you just reinforced it was and I never thought about the feeling part of it that was that was powerful for me personally. And I hope people out there that are either doing live shows or they're performing and singing or using their voice in any manner, that you take this to heart and start realizing that if you feel what you're saying impact, I look at the impact you and I, John, are making on those that are watching or listening right now. I'm not looking at wow, look at me. In fact, it's more I look at John, I'm here. This is about you. But I also want anytime my mouth open and yakking that there's something that someone is getting that's going to help them in some way, shape or form. And if I'm feeling it, the odds I think would be much greater.

Yeah, I love that. That's such a and it's such a gift, you know, to be able to help somebody, you know, especially now. I mean, like, it's that's that's the other thing about singing.

You know, if you do enjoy it, if you find that you enjoy singing and you and it's something that you.

You just like to do, man, it's a it's something once once you learn how to use your voice and you can start singing, you start learning any song you want, and then it just becomes a kind of endless pool of of entertainment and and enjoy, you know, really. I mean, that's that's how I feel about singing myself. You know, it's just I've never kind of stepped away from it and been like, oh, God, it's so terrible. It's just it's always it's always been a joy for me, you know, especially when it involves, you know, getting to perform for people. And that's that's kind of the best aspect of it.

Speaking of reform for people. I absolutely do have a short verse or two that you could belt out, you need to prep for it, so that's cool.

Well, let me think about something that I can do that I could sing. Yeah, I could. I could do something. This is from The Barber of Seville.

This is a the a lot of people might know this from Looney Tunes.

No job at all. The military told, oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no job rest. Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Oh, oh, colonel. We've got her car radio.

Watch her her mother be Deek what he did what he talked to this guy and goes into the he got all he got to figure out if he could figure out if he could all be.

God, oh, wow. Oh, I haven't heard the high before out of you, that was phenomenal.

Oh yeah. Yeah, that's actually I've been working on those high notes in quarantine. I've been really honing them.

Yeah. It felt so natural and easy for you.

Yeah. Oh the really high one. That's that's called the countertenor. The very high like sort of almost female sounding voice. That's oh that's something that you can retain from a young young age as a boy. Yeah. So it's it's a I was a boy soprano when I was a little kid, but I've blamed that part of my sound as I've gotten older.

It was almost like a dog whistle. I saw dogs moving.

Yeah, I don't have any around here. Yeah, it's fun. That was phenomenal. Thank you for that. And yeah I remember that from Looney Tunes. Funny you said that like. Yeah that's I remember, yeah.

It's one of those famous melodies, you know, people really they remember it, you know it's.

Yeah. And it was actually an operatic episode, right.

I think so, yeah. I think with Tom and Jerry I things Tom and Jerry and it was like yeah.

And Turn Red and yeah.

Maybe, maybe it is Bugs Bunny. I don't know, I can't, I can't remember.

But that was that song. But yeah that was awesome. Thank you for that. That was phenomenal. Gosh darn. Let's see, we have so much we could be talking about.

Being an entrepreneur, have you ever made a mistake ever?

I started a I started a beef jerky trail mix company with Tyler and that didn't that didn't end up but going anywhere.

But what good came from that?

A lot. A lot of learning. A lot of learning. Tyler went on to become a marketing guru. I went on to win a Grammy.

So it was one step in the direction of success.

Yeah. And we made amazing connections in business and learned a lot about about the food industry, how that the product was called meat nuts. And it was a we started we started it in 2012 and we ended it in twenty sixteen. So we had a pretty good run on it. We sold some product, we did a Kickstarter, got people their bags. We went as far as got it.

Got a USDA certification, labels for a meat product. I can tell you that is not easy.

I can only imagine.

So we went we went to the full ten yards on that and but we decided it wasn't for us, you know, and, you know, we lost some money along the way. And but what we gained in terms of our knowledge of business, like how how how do suppliers and distributors, distributors work for the food industry?

I will I will forever know that information and it will forever be kind of like.

A crash course in economics because food is essential, you know, so and specifically the meat industry is just about to know more about it behind the curtain to use your term, like we really went behind the curtain to learn where to source the best meat, the best the best beef in the world is actually produced in Australia and specifically New Zealand. Zealand makes the best meat in the world, and it's because it's mostly grass fed meat. It's all actually all.

I don't think they have any feedlot cattle. And that's the thing that we need to move away from in order for us to better deal with the changing climate, the heat and also the lack of water. So we're going to have a lot more water and there's a lot more green around the animals that used to be used or used to herd and migrate across the plains. So when we put them in these large containment areas anyway, I can I actually can go on and on and on about the food industry.

I learned a lot, but it wasn't actually a mistake. It wasn't a huge mistake at the end.

What would you say to someone who is looking to to branch out and maybe they're working a full time job, maybe they're just looking to start a new business, but.

They keep hesitating, resisting because they're worried about that word, the F word, and I'm not talking about that one time about failure. What would you say to that person if they were standing right in front of you and they said, I want to start a business, John, but I'm worried because I just don't want to. I don't want to. And I want to suck. I don't want to. I don't want to fail.

Well.

I mean, the fear of failing is the thing that kind of grows and grows because fear begets more fear. Fear wants to be wants to grow. So if you fear failing, then you're going to forever kind of be locked in that cycle. And so if you can somehow coax your spirit out of fear and into a higher, higher vibration essentially, and realize that every moment and every thing you do is a lesson.

In life, and that if this is the thing that your inner voice is telling you, you need to jump into and you need to experience.

Then the only thing that's really standing in your way is fear.

And failure is just going to if you fail at it, it's just a it's a that's a perspective. That's that's just a perspective, I mean, like I mean, one would say we failed at the meat company or I failed to not get every single, you know, show that I could have done or I failed to, you know, not retain my gigs for this year or whatever.

I mean, the thing is, at the end of the day, it's like if you if you give into the fear vibration and you're there all the time, it's just going to continue to sap your energy for anything else.

So I would say that really, honestly, the. The very close sibling to to failure, if not the major one here, is fear. Fear is is the is the mind killer.

Yeah, and you had me thinking a lot when you're talking about that. And I think a lot of people, they're not they don't fear actual failure. I think they only fear failure when they when they define failure as being the same as defeat.

Yes. Yes.

Because failure is not defeat. It is a learning opportunity. And it is exactly what John and his partner did in their businesses. They went for it for years. I mean, that's a lot of learning time. They went through a lot of ups and downs. The startup itis the, you know, going through all of the food industry and getting all the stamps approved and everything that it went through. Like he said, he'll never forget it. And that's the beauty of it, because you learn and it's not a mistake. I wouldn't call it a mistake. You learn from an attempt at success. I'd rather call it that. And all it was was one more step toward a greater level of success.

Absolutely. Yeah. And I wouldn't be where I am today, actually, where if it if it were not for that for that failure, for that's for that step on the on the path.

And doesn't that like breed additional flexibility into your life? Absolutely. Absolutely. It has to. It's essential.

That's essential.

If it doesn't, then it's pulling me in the other direction and I'm not going to I'm not going to I'm not going to let it take me over the over the to the other side, you know, it's kind of. It's hard to be there all the time, though, at the same time, Brian, you know, it's it's not there are moments where you will feel like.

You're at your low, but.

You will come out of that.

What kept you going during those times?

You know, it's cliche, but I say singing, you know, the act of singing, actually, not the performing, but more so just being with myself and and enjoying the the the act of doing it and sharing sharing the voice.

It's a really big influence in my life. And the people I mean all the people that have been around me as my mentors and my friends. I would not be where I am today without their advice and most of their time, which is so valuable to me.

Yeah, I mean, they they listen to me and I thank them for that, you know, and for all that I know, because I've I've gone through my my ups and downs, everybody.

Yeah. Even the most successful that we perceive to be on the planet go through those ups and downs to this day. In fact, people think that the more money you make, the fewer problems you have are issues or or solutions that you need to come up with. It's the exact opposite. You just have to learn how to become more flexible over time, not less. It's not just cruise control. Lay on the beach, on your hammock with your sippy cup and your umbrella drink and swaying to the music.

And that's been that. That's a great that's a great day. But like, I want a yeah. One day, maybe. Maybe a week, if you're lucky, right? Yeah.

As a business back home is falling apart and I'm getting. Exactly. It's just the thing is it's not every day or every week or every month is not easy street. And it's a lot of work to get it to where it does run.

You can step away from a business is structured properly where you bring in a team and now you work on your business instead of in it and you orchestrate and lead. That's a that's a goal of every entrepreneur should be read. The MS3 visited by Michael Gerber. If you haven't, that will explain it all. And this is to everybody. Again, that is. Yeah, it's kind of it's been said or been stated as the Bible for business in certain circles. And yeah, there there's a lot in there that you can win and utilize and really help build your business and scale it. It's really strong and showing you how to scale. It's phenomenal. My goodness. All the time. We're getting down to it. All right. So there's one last question I like to ask every entrepreneur. We're going to get to your gift as well. But there's one last question I like to leave each show with. And I've been doing this now for a couple of years, and it's just been unbelievable. It's been phenomenal. And the thing is, is this question it it's powerful.

It's also personal. And the the responses have in some cases been surprising, in other cases, it's like, OK, I get that. But in anyway, before we get to that, I promised everyone who stay on life to the end that I would reveal how they could win a five night stay at a five star luxury resort. And if you're watching right now, then go ahead and you have our permission. Now you have Bryans and John's permission to take out that phone. You remember that phone if you're not watching it already and pull up your messaging app. Why? Because that is how you going to enter to win.

So when you bring up your messaging app where you would actually type in the name of the person you're going to text instead type in this number three one four six six five one seven six seven.

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Follow the directions, watch your phone, because you're going to be given additional directions to provide your email so we can contact you in the event that you are the winner. Sound good. All right. Now, come on back real fast, because we have got the big question coming up for Mr. John Brazzi. And then before we do that, real quick, John, you had a gift. Let's go to that now. Let's talk about what you have in store for our wonderful, amazing people and lets me bring that up on the screen here and just a second.

There it is, founded. Go ahead and take it away, John.

Well, one of you will luckily win a free session with me, so I'd very much like to. Oh, I think we're on my home homepage there. Yes. Yes. So we go to lessons. If you can click the lessons button, it's that red button right there.

Yeah. So I'm offering a whole, but that's me singing in what's called Alice Tully Hall, that's Peter Dugan. Peter Duigan is my is the pianist that I work with, my my musical partner. He is a force to be reckoned with. Shout out to Peter Duggan. Listen to him as the host of NPR's From the Top. You can hear him on NPR.

So I have a bunch of different offerings for singers and stuff. But this is a special offering. It's not listed on the on the website. And this is the link right here. John Branzburg as which is acuity scheduling, Dutney mind body business. You can put in the code the promo code, mind body. For 50 percent off. And we'll have a one on one session, and I look forward to working with you.

It would be really an amazing time and I would love to explore your singing voice or your speaking voice, whatever you want to do. I'm really, really excited to do that with you, so I look forward to it.

Fantastic. I'm going to drop that in the comments section really quick, like, so folks can just copy paste and then don't forget mind body as the would you say, a coupon code.

Yeah. Coupon code. Promo code. That's pretty good. Super, super basic. Very easy website to use.

Cool, yeah, cool, cool. And there's the you are once again, for those of you listening as John Piranesi dot s dot m e. So John Bronzy as me, separated by dots for flesh mind body business altogether. No spaces. John Brazzi asked me for flesh, mind, body business and then when prompted, put in the coupon code of mind body altogether. No spaces. Very cool. Thank you so much for bringing that to the forefront for our wonderful peeps. Absolutely. And now you know what time it is, don't you? The big question. It is time for the big question. So. Here's the thing, John, it's kind of build up with it, but the cool thing about it is there is absolutely no such thing as a wrong answer.

It's impossible and it's actually the opposite. Is the case. Is that the only. Correct answer is yours, that is what makes it personal, and that alone is amazing. So with that. Are you ready?

Yes. All right. Here we go. John Brazzi. How do you define. Success.

Success is.

The ability to.

Change someone's state.

Through. An act of.

Selflessness.

Love and compassion. And also.

Understanding.

Success is. Waking up with the purpose to see.

That the world is. One world. And to be able to work together. With other people.

And be flexible and open. To what may come?

So for me, success will be in my life. The ability to work with you. And help you. Find a place where you feel. That you've achieved those things, that you feel that you are free.

I love it. Did you notice those that you were there watching and listening? Well, those are you're listening did not. But you could you could hear it in his voice. But the passion and the love in his eyes, especially toward the end, it was not about John.

It was about you, his definition of success is your success.

That's why I love what I love what I get to do, because I get wonderful, amazing human beings like John Ramsey on the show, this comes from a place of success, not of scarcity, but of abundance. If it were scarcity, then we would hear an entirely different answers on every show. It would be all about money, material things once I made my first million. The interesting thing, John, is to date, not a single answer has been money centric. Not one one did mention it, but it really was the end to the means. And he then got to it and said it's about liberation. And that's true. You know, it's money does not buy happiness. It can help you to afford freedom and liberation, but it will not guarantee all around happiness. It's when you serve others like John loves to do. That's I mean, fulfilling every successful entrepreneur I have interviewed, John, they're all about serving and helping others as you are. And that is what is fulfilling. I cannot tell you how many times from stage one I would do an NLP process from stage and watch the audience change in front of my eyes over a seven minute period. How fulfilling that is. It is. I mean, it is more fulfilling than any amount of bankroll or money could ever provide because it just feels good to help others.

There's nothing more impactful to me personally to help others. And I can tell your eyes were just getting so soulful and so does this love losing out of them. For those you that can't see this, the guy was so authentic and genuine he can't make you could make that up if you're a really good actor. He's not an actress, a singer, let's put it that. And so fantastic. Appreciate that.

Yeah. I appreciate you too. Man.

One much one final parting gift from John. And I like to ask one final question. If you could give anybody an entrepreneur, one piece of advice doesn't have to. I mean, just any piece of advice that you've learned about that, if you knew about would help would have helped you get past and to where you are today much faster. What would that be?

One piece of advice. I think that one piece of advice would be never, basically never stop moving, never stop moving and never stop pulling that line of interest and listening to to yourself. You know, that's more so what I'm actually saying. It's like whatever that line of interest is, whatever that inner voice is saying.

Listen to it, engage with it, speak it, let it let it be spoken, bring it into the world, because those words that are resonating inside of you want to resonate into the real world as well.

So that's that's kind of my that's my final my parting shot.

Let it be spoken. It shall be done. Yes, that's it. Yes.

All right. On behalf of the amazing, incredible John Ramsey, I. I'm your host, Bryan Kelly. This has been the mind body business show. We will be back again next week. Until then, be blessed, everyone. And so long for now.

Thank you.

Thank you for tuning in to the mind body this show podcast. W w w got the mind body business show got.

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John Brancy

Grammy Winning Baritone John Brancy‘s intense musicality and communicative power place him among the finest of baritones of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” Brancy won First Prize in the Art Song Division of the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montreal. A win that recognized him as a premiere interpreter of Art Song repertoire in our time.

The New Jersey native has also performed on major stages throughout the world in Moscow, London, Paris, Berlin, Toronto, Los Angeles and Vienna to name a few. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, The New Yorker, the New York Times and beyond. As an entrepreneur Brancy has started and founded multiple projects and companies and currently seeks to improve the lives of other entrepreneurs through the innate power of their voice.

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