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For anyone who's danced a 5-6-7-8, then moved on to Count 9.

The mission is to inspire listeners with insight into career transitions and success stories both inside and outside creative industries. Host Benjamin Goodly danced professionally for 5 years and is now a Senior Process Engineer at a Fortune 100 Corporation. Along with guest interviews featuring former dancers and performers with thriving 2nd careers, Benjamin brings listeners along on his new career venture - becoming a published … Continue Reading >>
For anyone who's danced a 5-6-7-8, then moved on to Count 9.

The mission is to inspire listeners with insight into career transitions and success stories both inside and outside creative industries. Host Benjamin Goodly danced professionally for 5 years and is now a Senior Process Engineer at a Fortune 100 Corporation. Along with guest interviews featuring former dancers and performers with thriving 2nd careers, Benjamin brings listeners along on his new career venture - becoming a published author. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/count9/support << Show Less
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Ep. 31 - Britton Spitler - Scrum Master and Corporate Leader Britton danced for Cincinnati Ballet and Les Ballets Trockadero before a back injury ended his performance career. His love for travel plus a little bit of relevant experience from high school led him to a sales position with Club Mediterranean. His aptitude as a leader in corporate settings quickly emerged - he became the top salesperson within 6 months! An ambitious restlessness then propelled him into systems and support roles, which took him laterally to more Fortune 500 corporations and upward into project management. In his current position at ADM, Britton is poised to make even more leaps up the management ladder leading multiple IT teams using Scrum methodology. He stays connected to dance in Cincinnati as a DANCEFIX instructor performing in drag as Brock Leah Spears (@Brockleahspears on Instagram).

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Ep. 31 - Britton Spitler - Scrum Master and Corporate Leader Britton danced for Cincinnati Ballet and Les Ballets Trockadero before a back injury ended his performance career. His love for travel plus a little bit of relevant experience from high school led him to a sales position with Club Mediterranean. His aptitude as a leader in corporate settings quickly emerged - he became the top salesperson within 6 months! An ambitious restlessness then propelled him into systems and support roles, which took him laterally to more Fortune 500 corporations and upward into project management. In his current position at ADM, Britton is poised to make even more leaps up the management ladder leading multiple IT teams using Scrum methodology. He stays connected to dance in Cincinnati as a DANCEFIX instructor performing in drag as Brock Leah Spears (@Brockleahspears on Instagram).

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Ep. 30 - Stephanie Wolf - Audio Journalist and Arts Reporter Stephanie knew throughout her dance career that she wanted an ambitious 2nd career outside the dance industry. While pursuing her degree through the LEAP program, a professor asked if she was considering a career in writing, based on her talents. She got started writing marketing copy at Lincoln Center while still performing at the Met Opera - traipsing between her desk and rehearsals. After landing a dream job at Wonderbound in Colorado, a career-ending injury forced her into Count 9, so she networked her way into newsrooms by leveraging her expertise covering the arts. Now she is an arts reporter at WFPL in Louisville KY, balancing breaking news with her love for covering the arts and a side projects producing the innovative DIY Dancer magazine. Follow her @StephRWolf on twitter & instagram, and check out DIYdancer.com (@diydancermag)

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Ep. 29 - Liezel Marie & Jonathan Lorico - Wealth Coaches for Artists When Liezel ("Liz") and Jonathan started planning their lives together, working one day at a time to get out of debt and save for a house, a close friend helped them realize their dancer discipline was accelerating their journey to financial success. They dove into educating themselves about money the same way they've gone all-in their whole lives across diverse careers. Liz pursued gig work, choreography, dance education, kinesiology, and academic ethnography all at the same time, ending up with a diverse portfolio of incomes spanning professor appointments as a hip hop educator and continued gig work through her agent. Jonathan challenged himself to go further than he ever thought possible within his dance community while he experimented with different healthcare professions then turned his interest in movement into a successful career by powering through a demanding physical therapy assistant program. Now, they are empowering the arts community as wealth coaches - leveraging their knowledge and relationship-based approach to meet clients wherever they're at in their financial journey. Connect with them @jlfinancialcoaching and https://www.jlfinancialcoaching.com/ . And if you love their energy as much as we do, make sure to follow along their other pursuits @jonathan_lorico , @laydeeliz , and https://liezelmarie.com/

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Ep. 28 - Kim Hale - Publicist and Entertainer Kim Hale is a multi-hyphenate publicist and entertainer with an inspiring story of being resourceful and open to possibilities. She loved feathers and a fierce bevel as a dancer, which propelled her to La Cage aux Folles, Vegas, and Broadway. As she gained perspective about the emotional roller coaster of auditions and casting, and as she learned from inspiring women like Ann Reinking and Debbie Allen, she allowed herself to step back as needed. She became an educator, talent agent, and now a publicist and business owner as opportunities arose. Now, her performance career is experiencing a renaissance as she's learned to celebrate her demographic (women over 50) and stitch her communications and creative passions together through social media. Follow her dance content @mskimhale and her flourishing public relations company @kimhalepr or www.kimhalepr.com

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Ep. 27 - Sophia Kozak - Career Counselor at Career Transitions for Dancers Sophia Kozak's love of dance is rooted in its healing power. While starting a dance therapy non-profit organization, she earned a Counseling degree and became a multi-hyphenate professional, earning across multiple streams of income. When Career Transitions for Dancers needed a Western region career counselor to join their team, Sophia was a perfect fit. Career Transitions for Dancers is now part of The Actors Fund, and Sophia provides an excellent overview of different services available to empower dancers. These include things Career Transitions for Dancers is known for - grants and career counseling - and also things like financial coaching and mid-career strategy sessions for dancers not looking to retire. Learn more at actorsfund.org or by emailing skozak@actorsfund.org

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Ep. 26 - Nursing Pivot Panel with Jennifer Cavanaugh and Vimala Jacy Jeffrey-Howe This special podcast episode is a collaboration with Pivot For Dancer's "Pivot Panels" series. Founder Kaylee Randall joins host Benjamin Goodly to interview Jennifer Cavanaugh and Vimala Jacy Jeffrey-Howe about their transitions from ballet into nursing. Both panelists have found joy in this new career and describe through their personal stories how a dance career prepared them well for nursing.

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Ep. 25 - Sheina Raskin - Social Media Marketing Strategist for Dancers This special episode features a career transition story that began out of necessity at the start of the Pandemic. Sheina Raskin fell in love with dance as an adult through her love of travel. After a harsh awakening to the audition scene, Sheina started plotting her own course across the globe, leveraging her marketing degree as a source of income that enabled the flexibility to train and grow as a dancer. Just before the pandemic, she had worked a 6-month contract at a resort - the culmination of what she'd been working toward for so long. But the achievement didn't spark the passion Sheina expected, so she doubled down on charting her own course, partnering with an international chain of resorts to offer her own dance workshops. When COVID prevented this unique employment from coming to fruition, she needed time to reflect and incubate her next move rather than jumping into something else right away. The result was well worth the wait - Sheina now offers masterful social media marketing coaching and services for all sorts of dance entrepreneurs. Learn more @sheinaraskin on instagram and her Facebook group The Dance Entrepreneur Club. 

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Ep. 24 - John Michael Schert - Artist, Advisor, and Entrepreneur John Michael Schert had a storied start to his dance career, landing a coveted position at American Ballet Theatre. But quickly he realized his passion lie not in perfecting the ballet vocabulary but in creating new, contemporary vocabulary - a realization that took him to Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and ultimately to the Trey McIntyre Project. John Michael led the administration of TMP and was able to launch this executive experience into a diverse post-performance career including university teaching positions, a consultancy business, and international scholarship as an Eisenhower Fellow. Connect with his career on Linked In and on Instagram @nonmimel.

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Ep. 23 - Allie Christensen - Elite Physical Trainer for Dancers and Founder of Align Fitness by Allie Allie danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Masa in Israel. She embodied grit throughout her career, pushing through the pain until she tore the Labrum in her hip. After this career ending injury, Allie decided to learn as much as she could about body mechanics - how a dancer should move to be their best dancer self and to have a long, healthy relationship with their body. Now with her breakthrough, innovative approaches, she is an elite physical trainer for dancers with a thriving business in Orange County. Align Fitness by Allie also leads the industry with digital offerings for clients all over the globe. Learn more at alignfitnessbyallie.com or on instagram @alignfitnessbyallie. Allie is passionate about empowering dancers with the information she wished she had as a dancer, so be sure to also check out her podcast "Beyond the Pointe" on your favorite podcast app. 
Also mentioned in the episode:
https://australianballet.com.au/behind-ballet/how-to-get-strong-calves

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