a mentorship program for graduating seniors in the arts 

Braving

the Business

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building vulnerability practices inside the hustle

WHAT IS IT?

        LEADING with your uniqueness 

        practicing SELF-CARE

        building a COMMUNITY, not a competition  

TESTIMONIAL:
 

"Andrew models vulnerability in a way that inspires me as a mental health professional working with youth and families—He is an excellent communicator who will weave stories and narratives and bring out the heart lessons we all need in the moments we didn't even know we were searching for."

-Kimberly Louvlin, MSW, CSWA 

“You are the next generation of artists and theater makers, this industry should be defined by the uniqueness you bring to every room, not by a 'type' or old ideal you’ve been taught”

-Andrew Norlen

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Andrew teaching his own combo at The Boston Conservatory
Andrew teaching his own combo at The Boston Conservatory

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Andrew with students for a Q & A
Andrew with students for a Q & A

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The Masterclass
The Masterclass

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Andrew teaching his own combo at The Boston Conservatory
Andrew teaching his own combo at The Boston Conservatory

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PACKAGES:
1. THE MASTERCLASS (3 days)
2. THE WORKSHOP (one night only)
3. Virtual ONE-ON-ONE'S (coaching/mentoring) 


 

A LETTER-TO-SELF
the writing exercise

UNPACKING THE LIES
the letting go exercise

THE POWER OF 'no' VS. 'yes'
the fearless exercise

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“I wanted to create a traveling masterclass where students can cultivate their own dreams, their own vision, and their own space in our business.” 

-Andrew Norlen

MISSION STATEMENT: 
 

My number one intent with Braving the Business is to be a vessel for encouragement and positivity to all college students—especially seniors—as they navigate the natural fears, alarming stigmas, relentless apprehensions and swirl of questions that will occur when making the brave choice to purse a career in the performing arts. 

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ABOUT ME:

Originally from Troutdale, Oregon— I am a New York City-based artist. With my BFA from The Boston Conservatory of Music—I was most recently in the closing tour company of Broadway's hit, Kinky Boots. My podcast, Everyday Heroes with Andrew Norlen, is the space where I sit down with the female identifying heroes in my life and discus the shit that matters most to them. You can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcast App, or wherever you get your podcasts! I also am the author and creator of—When the Lights Are Bright Again: letters and images of loss, hope and resilience from the theater community—published worldwide by Applause Books in the fall of 2021. I am a proud, queer man, who strives to normalize male vulnerability in my profession and beyond! My upcoming memoir—Defining Brave: a young mans journey through grief and romance leads him to resiliently embrace who he is—is majorly fueled by my deep desire and passion to champion young men, teens, and young adults to speak up, live their truth, and not apologize for who they are. 

“Storytelling is NOT molding your own life to look just like another’s, storytelling IS your uniqueness, bravery and talent explored—in real time—with another human being bearing witness.”
 
-Andrew Norlen

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