We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Leland and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rob, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I’m an artist, and I belong to one of the most misunderstood personality types in existence. All artists suffer from something I like to call the “Artist’s dilemma,” which is quite simply a series of expectations that we subconsciously believe we are destined for, yet rarely experience.

I have categorized these traits and often speak to other musicians about them when I interview them for my website shows/podcasts. I’ve found that they hit 100% of the time.

This said, these questions are designed to create interesting conversations, but the reality is I’ve spoken to many artists off camera and they have divulged that these particular questions hit them harder than they’d expected. This feedback has come from well known celebrities as well as the most motivated upstarts.

I realized in the last few years that this special subgroup of people needed assistance. They needed coaching, if that’s the right word. They didn’t need counseling or therapy (I admit some might), but they needed someone to help them pull the powerful creative energy out of them and encourage them in new ways. Artists know when someone is telling them what they want to hear because they spend their entire lives looking for anything resembling attention.

My company uses the interview process to entertain the listener and to develop a connection with the artist that needs the coaching my business provides. Caring conversation spreads like wildfire, because most conversations are one sided vocalizations.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began playing drums as a 4 year old child. I’ve often joked that if YouTube were to exist in 1970, I would have been famous. That said, it was a talent that came easy and I admit that has its drawbacks as well. Music came far too easy and expectations that a young child derives from a gift like that is one of deservedness. It wasn’t until I was 19 years old that I figured out that everyone had “caught up,” and my talent no longer stood out. I had to work much harder to keep myself in the spotlight.

I worked as a professional musician, both in studio and in live settings, until 2003 when I flamed out. I still play at a local church and I enjoy it, but the drive to be the guy on stage has fallen to the wayside. In its stead, a more satisfying variable came to play. I started doing music promotions, working with many other publications, music brands, promo directors, and music labels to help them place their artists in front of as many eyes as possible. In so doing, I have created (and am working on a significant upgrade) a web based business where I provide an additional outlet to promotional companies. In other words, I do promotions for promotional companies and their artists, which in turn allows me to find new coaching clients to serve, as I understand their unique way of life.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m based near Seattle, in a small town called Snoqualmie. Snoqualmie served as the filming site for the legendary TV show, Twin Peaks. As such, there are a great many tourist sites associated with the show. It’s also a lovely town with a giant waterfall and a gorgeous backdrop to the Cascade mountain range, so there are a great many trails and outdoor opportunities here.

I would take them on a day hike up to Mount Si or Rattlesnake Mountain, then down into the town of North Bend to eat at Scott’s Dairy Freeze. Afterwards, we’d head up to Winery Road to look at the valley from the viewpoint and enjoy a cool drink on a warm summer night of which there are a few.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There was a teacher in my life in 1977 that changed the way my brain did business. Our family moved a lot when I was younger and just after a move to a very rural area in north central Washington state, I was invited to the bandroom at the local high school to meet with the musical director. I was in 5th grade and 11 years old. His name was Wally Moore.

Mr. Moore went to great lengths to encourage and inspire me as well as my classmates. He pushed us into the realm of uncomfortable by taking on new musical instruments or introducing us to new genres of music. He was relentless in his kindness, but a powerful presence. His smile carried the love of a thousand fathers.

After he retired 2 years later, my life changed abruptly again, but I never lost sight of his smile in my mind’s eye, nor did I ever forget this words of encouragement or his passion to see me through the greatest musical challenges. I was already clearly talented but Mr. Moore took me to a level of trust in myself that I never lost. I have spent the rest of my days working towards a goal that I have never given up on.

Website: https://www.rockstarsuperhero.com

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