We had the good fortune of connecting with Todd Herzog and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Todd, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The pandemic has really altered the natural work life balance. On one hand, there are less things to do, less places to travel. On the other hand, now people assume that you are constantly available… for meetings, for concerts, etc. So, the challenge has shifted over time to creating a schedule that continues to work for me. It has to include places for exercise, for downtime, for play, for time with family and time for spirituality and self.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a musician, singer/songwriter, cantorial soloist and healer. I look at my musical creations as vehicles to inspire people to appreciate their lives and to heal past trauma. I have recently begun using songwriting as a tool for this healing. This takes the form of people sharing their own experiences with me, brainstorming the best way to present their ideas in musical format, and through the process of creating something new, they end up being transformed. It is extremely rewarding to see clients moving through emotional experiences by shining a light on even the most painful times and creating something of beauty as a result. This process is one that I have learned through my own experiences. It is certainly not a path I necessarily envisioned myself traveling down at the start of my career, but it is really amazing to witness.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting me here in Phoenix, I would definitely have to take them up to Sedona to see the Red Rocks and experience the spiritual energy there. From there, maybe drive up through Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff, take in some of the restaurants, book stores, etc. We’d make our way up to the Grand Canyon and do some hiking and camping there. After a couple of days, we’d come back down to Phoenix… perhaps stopping in the old mining town of Jerome. Back in Phoenix, I’d want to share the Musical Instrument Museum and take them out on the beautiful hiking trails of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. We’d probably go to Old Town Scottsdale to sample some Mexican food, maybe do a little karaoke or catch some pre-season baseball (of course, all of this would be in ‘normal’ post-Covid reality).
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?
I’d like to give a shout out to Modern Musician, LLC. This is a company started by Michael Walker that really mentors and teaches musicians to create a real business model for themselves. It is a step-by-step system that trains people who may not have had outside business training how to think of their music as a business, how to promote themselves in a digital world and how to transform their hobby into a viable career. They have had a huge impact on the way I am running my own business and definitely deserve to be recognized. 😊