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From Fear to Phenomenal with Musician, Emily Ann Peterson

Our guest today is a cellist, singer, songwriter, cheerleader and mentor for other creators.

But it hasn’t always been that way.

In 2013, Emily Ann Peterson received a diagnosis that forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist and cello teacher.

Refusing to lose her life’s love of musical expression, Emily Ann got curious. She began to bravely question and explore new artistic frontiers and broke through her creative glass ceiling through songwriting, which has opened the door to limitless possibilities for Emily.

Emily Ann’s best-selling book is titled: Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous, and through it, she helps creators discover the true nature of bravery.

Bravery never feels brave.

~Emily Ann Peterson

In addition to all of that, Emily founded The School of Bravery, a community and learning lab for creative visionaries supporting creative entrepreneurs in growing through their challenges and discovering opportunities.

All of these accomplishments and progress were made possible by Emily Ann’s rebellious adventurous spirit, curiosity, bravery and through a tailored and disciplined approach to performing and teaching, a gift from her classical training.

Emily Ann writes for people who struggle to remember what hope feels like and sings to those who yearn for something secret. She speaks to those who are done being bored and crave all things beautiful, strong, sacred, and sensual.

Emily’s goal is to inspire a global resonance and magnanimous community through the marriage of art and whole-person development.

We’re excited to share this conversation with the talented Emily Ann Peterson!

Show Notes

  • Musical beginnings
  • Frightening diagnosis
  • Struggles with bravery
  • Defining bravery
  • Personal healing
  • Art residency
  • The story of Emily’s song Tides Turning
  • Art as history and legacy
  • Multiple income streams
  • Post Publishing Partum
  • Emily’s different streams of income
  • The business side of art
  • Approaching corporate clients for your art
  • Emily’s creative school
  • Top 3 activities that produce the most for Emily
  • Tip for authors selling on Amazon
  • Bridge jobs
  • Patreon vs Emily’s membership
  • Accountability group
  • Emily’s aspirations

“As artists, we get a unique opportunity to be historians. After we die that piece of art lives on.”

~ Emily Ann Peterson, cellist, singer/songwriter, composer

“When you get to the point of thinking: I’m an artist. It frees you up to make art in any way you need too.”

~ Emily Ann Peterson, cellist, singer/songwriter, composer



Emily’s website 

The School of Bravery

Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous

90 Day Goals Journal & Planner


A movement for creators serious about their art.

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About the author, LeAura Alderson

Hello! I’m LeAura, a philosopher, autodidactic former homeschooling mom, self development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!

I love people, creating, and good conversations on creativity, growth, development and entrepreneurship. So engaging in creative conversations with interesting guests is one of my favorite things to do.

I've trained and certified in mediation, strategic intervention, marriage and family coaching as well as a fitness trainer, and participated in many courses and workshops over the years as well as ongoing learning of all kinds.

Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.

My personal areas of creativity are in writing, editing, masterminding, ideation and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship.