“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!"