Based in Los Angeles, California, Barbara Deutsch has been in the entertainment business since the birth of bell-bottoms, Barbie and Beatlemania. With over 30 years of coaching experience, she has helped hundreds of clients with their careers in the entertainment industry. When you begin to know someone like Barbara, it comes as no surprise that her start in the industry is quite the story.
Originating from the East Coast, a young Barbara Deutsch worked as a secretary in the New York office for the acclaimed record label, Epic Records. On one particularly fortuitous day, Barbara (being Barbara) took it upon herself to stand on a coffee table in the middle of the office and began serenading her fellow secretaries with a rendition of Connie Francis’ swoony pop ballad, ‘Where the Boys Are’. Who else should bear witness to this spontaneous performance, but none other than the legendary Clive Davis. Clive went to Barbara’s boss and said, “Either fire her, or sign her.”
You can guess what happened next.
Not only did Barbara now handle production for Epic Records and headed up the Promotions Department for Scepter Records; but she also had a Recording Contract from Epic Records in her hot little hands. Within a year she earned the coveted role singing "Day by Day" in the first national tour of GODSPELL and recorded a cover of Lennon and McCartney’s ‘Across the Universe’
Since then, Barbara has carved out a career based upon the education she received from ‘The School of Life’, as they say. Making her way to the West Coast, she raised a family and pursued a successful career in television, stage, film, and commercials.
As well as being a sought-after life & career coach, Barbara is an Adjunct Professor with Syracuse University in Los Angeles, teaching acting for non-actors.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Cat Lonsdale is an actor/writer/producer who now calls Vancouver, B.C. home. She started performing from a young age beginning her career as a dancer, graduating from the Full-Time Dance Diploma Program at ed5 International, Sydney, Australia.
She then went on to study acting at the Actor's Centre Australia and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK. She also holds an Advanced Diploma with Distinction in Speech Arts & Drama from the Trinity College (London) .
Before leaving for Vancouver, Cat studied Psychology at the University of New South Wales, and was part of the first cohort of students to study Psychology of Resilience. She is a qualified mentor, and has worked with dozens of 'at-risk' teens through Raise Foundation as well as volunteering for the Mirabel Foundation, who support children who have lost their parents to drug and alcohol abuse.
She has an eclectic range of skills and professional experience that she brings to the table working with Barbara. As a coach, her strengths lie in helping creative people achieve their goals through focused structure, organization and accountability. She understands the struggles an artist can face and gives her clients a fresh perspective and the steps to move past them.
Cat's life goal is to be on Survivor. She is a lover of puns, a terrible skier and an okay ukulele player which she uses to serenade her dog, Banjo.
"If I can change your thinking,
YOU can change your career"
~ Barbara Deutsch
~ Barbara Deutsch ~