What I learned from an opera singer
- By Stephane Leblanc
Today I was blessed to meet an amazing person through Skype. Arlene Rolph is an experienced opera singer with an international career and is now coaching performers to rise to their full potential and become the creators of their lives. She was born in Ayrshire, Scotland and now lives in Brighton, England. When we talked, she was enjoying quality time with her family over the Christmas holidays in the immensely beautiful scenery in Ayrshire.
It was the first time Arlene and I met, and throughout our conversation, I was in awe of the beauty of her words as she sounded like a poet. After a few minutes, I quickly recognized that I was talking to a woman who was awakened and aligned to her soul mission.
Arlene story is quite fascinating. After performing for many years as an opera singer all over the world, Arlene realized one day that it was time to change the industry to give more power to the performers.
Being an experienced performer herself, she realized that most performers are not in charge of their own career and are at the mercy of the producers and the industry. That most of them, although very talented, live in their potential, rather than reaching out to exceed their potential and rise to new heights. That they live in a world of competition where there is a lot of judgment and they are not free to be themselves as they feel trapped within the boundaries that are imposed on them by the industry.
She felt that this context, which was driven by fear, did not allow performers to perform at the peak of their potential, as many of them were afraid of not being good enough, of not performing adequately and of not having a job after the current show was over.
She is clearly a rebel and cannot accept the status quo, so she did what any good rebel should do, she started a movement dedicated to helping performers take charge of their career and become the creators of their lives.
Through her leadership in vocal art work, she coaches performers to achieve freedom in their way of being so they can create their own work by creating their art.
Being a performer is not an easy task as you have to be willing to be nakedly vulnerable as performing asks that you stand up, perform and bear your soul night after night.
Through her work and also her way of being, Arlene helps people to make windows in their life so more light can come in. Throughout our call, I also felt how much light she is bringing in the world. I could see that Arlene is clearly in flow as she is in full alignment to what she is here on earth to do and she sees opportunities everywhere. For Arlene, there are no limits for her or anyone.
She is a very inspired person and she gets her inspiration from many places, including nature, music, other fellow humans. She told me of being deeply inspired by an old woman she met on the bus in Scotland. She believes that life is all so magical.
She has noticed that in all the noise that is ever so present in our busy society, people have forgotten how to listen and how to see the immense beauty that is present everywhere and in everyone. That our lives can transform when we take the time to listen and see.
We talked about Jane Fonda who is now 80 years old and is as beautiful as ever as she radiates from within. Jane mentioned recently that divinity comes to us when we are going through very challenging times and both Arlene and I confirmed this to be true based on our personal experience. It makes sense as we often need to be on our needs to ask for help.
I shared with Arlene one of my favorite quotes as I found her to be a beautiful soul: "The most beautiful people we have known are those that have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
We also talked about the need for each of us, as we awaken, to join a tribe of like minded people to be inspired, share energy and support each other on our path.
After spending time with Arlene on the call today and how much wisdom she shared with me, I feel blessed that I found her on my path and that she is now an integral part of my global tribe of conscious leaders. I look forward to more exchanges and I am happy that I have met a new friend.