Take Aways From Liz Mikel Deeper Than Music Radio Interview/the power of nurturing your childrens passions
Today by far was the most powerful, emotional and empowering interview I've had since I started my Deeper Than Music Radio Show with actress, and jazz singer Liz Mikel I didn't know what to expect from the interview because I wasn't feeling well and the day started off with me rushing and running around. Liz Mikel is a very accomplished actress and singer, she has this energy about her that lights up a room, I took note of this when I first saw her at the Scat Jazz lounge almost a year ago, during this time I was working out the details of "Deeper Than Music" show but it was details nothing finalized none the less after the show I asked her if I could interview her on my radio show and she agreed....I knew I was going to have a radio show but the details had not been completely finalized lol. Initially I was very nervous and I didn't know what to expect as I am with all my interviews but once the person I interview and myself break the ice and get into our comfort zone the magic happens and its two people conversing me being the audience asking my questions and the interviewee being the star center stage allowing myself and the listeners a peak into their world. Liz opened up about a lot of things and the one thing that stood out was how humble she was, this woman worked with Phylicia Rashad, Monique, Ben Stiller, James Earl Jones, and many other celebrities and she so kindly agreed to be on my show and was so down to earth.
The one thing that struck a chord with me was when she told her story of wanting to be a dancer and an actress her mother didn't shun her dream but she supported it. She also explained how when she was honing her creative side and finding her true creative calling ie trying the flute unsuccessfully her mother stood by her side. While telling her story I thought back on the many times I would get lost in my head ie talking to myself, dancing in the mirror when I was a kid, and making up my own songs my mother nurtured and supported my talents. Rather than question what I was doing I was enrolled in plays, talent contests etc and she always encouraged myself and my sister to follow our dreams and go after opportunities. I also witnessed parents put limitations on their kids and how those limitations lead to dreams being crushed and mental weights being forever put on them. In retrospect I can account my mothers positive reinforcement shaping my living a life with no limits attitude and going after the things I am passionate about pushing self doubt to the side and the many ways I can achieve my goal to the forefront in my thinking. I can see the creative passion in my daughter rather than imposing limitations I push her to follow her passions and I also instill in her to learn and research as much as she can about what she is passionate about. Thanks again Liz Mikel for allowing myself and my listeners to hear your story and your passions you spoke to so many things I mentally struggle with from time to time and also motivated me to keep doing what I do.
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