"In preparation for speaking at a 350+ person event, I contacted Ingela for a VIP Day/intensive coaching session.
I was very nervous to speak in front of hundreds of distinguished members of my profession, but she provided me with strategies to remain calm before and during my speech, as well as body and voice warmups that I didn't even know I needed!
I was so grateful for her help and I received wonderful feedback from my presentation. I'm excited that I was able to overcome my fear and do a great job without losing my cool."
"I had been looking for someone to coach with for a long time, and finally found Ingela, and how lucky I was! Being an artist herself, she just got it right away. I got so many tools to work on - whether it was stage fright, mentally preparing for an audition or my general mental well-being. After every coaching I had so many new things to think about. I was really looking for some concrete stuff that I can understand, and she was able to give it. The journey has begun, and I already see the change - I have grown as a performer and as a person, and even my friends have noticed the change! Thank you, Ingela, for guiding the way in the kindest way possible!"
"My goals during our time together were to find freedom and joy again in performing, especially in auditions and recitals. As well as this, I really wanted to try to find a way of dealing with things in a much more positive way.
Working with Ingela gave me a huge sense of new-found confidence in my performing as well as in myself as an artist. During our sessions together, we found strategies to help me enjoy and make the most out of my final recital of my Masters Degree. Through talking about and practising these new strategies, I was able to complete my Masters recital with joy, confidence and freedom, which was particularly exciting. As well as this, discussing new ideas such as ways in which a negative thought can be turned into a positive one was inspiring and freeing.
I noticed huge changes in myself, which I am now continuing to check in to. I felt that I developed huge confidence in myself as an artist and discovered the importance of perseverance in this career - I found this so motivational. Talking with Ingela about how to deal with rejections was also extremely helpful, giving me ways to deal with this in a much more manageable and positive way. I am so thankful to Ingela for her time - it has been wonderful!"
"Ingela guided me through several personal issues, ranging from performance anxiety to relationship issues. Through worksheets and discussion, Ingela helped me re-shape my view of self confidence, what self-love means, and what having an authentic sense of self can look and feel like. She asked difficult questions with kindness and compassion, and wasn't afraid to push me to dive deeper when I needed it. Our sessions were the highlight of my week. It was amazing how clearly Ingela saw Me as a person. Her wonderful energy and warmth really helped me re-assess difficult challenges and find new ways to think about those challenges."
Singer, Actor, Dancer
“Working with Ingela really gave me the tools and confidence to take my belief in myself and my career to the next level. She is so understanding of the performer's mind and was able to help me overcome artistic blocks I had created over the years. I am so thankful to have worked with her during this time (of Covid) and am excited for this new found joy and confidence I have found in myself and my art. Thank you Ingela!”
"Ingela gave two wonderful presentations as well as several one-on-one sessions for our music students at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her friendly demeanor and outgoing personality made her immediately accessible, and the students were thoroughly engaged throughout her sessions. Ingela’s experience as both a successful performing artist and a licensed mental health professional made her the ideal person to guide students and teachers on the subject of performance anxiety. Her presentations were clear and informative and provided our students with concrete resources to help them address their performance anxiety and stress. My personal session with her was informative and provided me with ideas and resources I had not previously explored. Her visit to UTEP was well worth the time and resources and I highly recommend her to any and all who would like to address performance anxiety personally or with their students."
Actor, Singer, Dancer
“It was so refreshing to receive coaching from another artist. Ingela just gets it. Transitioning away from the structure of student life into the real world felt like an insurmountably huge task. Moreover, I felt like I was failing miserably at it. Ingela completely shifted my mindset. She helped me realize I was doing quite a bit better than I was giving myself credit for. She gave me permission to follow my own instinct, be my own person, and find success on my own terms. She liberated me from so much self doubt and anxiety about the future. After working with Ingela, I feel reinvigorated, re-energized, and (for the first time in many, MANY years) excited about the possibilities of the future! Ingela, I can never thank you enough!”
Soprano and Voice Teacher
"Words can't express how much Ingela Onstad through her Courageous Artistry Coaching has unlocked my artistic abilities. I started our trial process as an afraid and blocked artist - angry with my voice and with my musicianship in general. Now, after our work together, I feel I can put myself out there as a working musician again. Thank you for inspiring me to start three new creative business endeavors! My new headshots,website, and podcast are in the works thanks to your support. Most importantly, the fear has lifted and all I want to do is perform. I have never felt freer and I am happy to call you a mentor and friend."
Mezzo-Soprano and Alexander Technique Instructor
"I have so enjoyed working with Ingela. She re-inspired my love for singing and invigorated me to hone in on what I want do with my singing career at this point in my life, all while aiding me in finding ways to release my mental and emotional fears around singing. This helped give me the direction I needed actually achieve my goals."
"I was extremely fortunate to coach with Ingela two times a month in my second to last semester of graduate school at Baylor University. Being a vocal performance major is not easy, but Ingela helped me to not only improve my social and environmental health here at Baylor, but also my mental and emotional wellness regarding my vocal performance anxiety and my struggles with self-doubt. As a performer, I always knew what I did not want to see in myself; however, I could never fully understand and act on what exactly I DID want in terms of successful performances, growth as a musician and confidence in who I am as a performer. Ingela helped me create several, solid objectives to work towards as a musician, and I saw growth in myself as early as the week after our first session because I was effectively working towards what I did want (to be a courageous, calm and confident musician on stage) every day. I not only grew as a performer, but I also grew as an impressionable, young adult. Ingela is kind, professional and genuinely cared about my well-being and success not only as a performer but also as a human being. She is a fantastic coach! Thank you, Ingela!!!"
"My work with Ingela was instrumental in my successful audition season this year. Our work together unlocked tools I already possessed and allowed me to be courageous in stressful audition/performance situations. As a singer, Ingela understands the artist’s mindset and the required vulnerability needed to create something of substance. Under her guidance, I regained focus during my practice sessions, reawakened my desire to create meaningful music, and restored the courage needed to make bold choices. I am grateful to have worked with her!"
Soprano and Alexander Technique Instructor
"Working with Ingela is a delight. She naturally creates a trusting atmosphere where ideas and insights can thrive, and her guidance and reflections are both knowledgeable and deeply caring. Ingela has truly helped me have a greater understanding of myself and my journey in life, and her coaching has brought me peace in a time of transition. I will continue to use her as a resource as I go along creating my life. Thank you, Ingela!"