TZB Project 365 (Day 57) – For Fun’s Sake

It’s exhausting constantly trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up while working a full (full, full) time job, be a wife and friend and daughter and still keep my eight plants alive!

So for the next 2 months I am going to stop trying to figure it all out and instead I’m going to have a bunch of fun. I’m going to take a couple of singing and acting classes. I’m going to play my drums. I’m going to see more of my husband and friends. I’m going to watch a few of the anime films that I’ve been meaning to catch up on. And I’m going to find a new gluten-free dish I can learn to cook. Finally, I’d like to whittle down the list of 10+ books in my Kindle (yeah 10 books…). I know, it doesn’t seem like much- you may have fun all the time! For me, I do my best to find the fun in everything that I do, but now, I need to have fun for fun’s sake. No agenda. Just fun.

If you aren’t having fun, what are you waiting for?

The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 (Day 27) – One Inspiring Interview

Hey Zenful Dancers! As part of the TZB Project 365, I plan to contribute a few interviews here and there with inspiring people I have the pleasure of meeting along the way. In my music industry day job, I have ample opportunities to meet a lot of people. But once in a while, I cross paths with someone who has that rare combination of spark, integrity, ambition and a big heart and I can’t help but want to know them better!

Today’s interview is with Melissa Sabo; one incredible young lady. The music business is very lucky to have her.

TZB: Give us a little background about who you are and how you came to work in music.

MS:  My name is Melissa Sabo. I started out working in my college radio station and became the GM quickly…then moved onto MD & PD in the second semester of college. I continued at the station until i graduated. This is where i built strong relationships with label reps. Through this I landed internships that would create friendships and opportunities that would change my life & mold my future. I saw an ad in the back of a CMJ (College Music Journal) magazine for a college radio rep at MCA Records. I landed the job with the agreement that i would start the day i graduated. From there i moved on to CEC Mgmt (Ben Folds, The Rocket Summer), Red Light Management (Underoath, Say Anthing, The Starting Line, The Photo Atlas)…and here I am today involved in A&R at Ultra Records and managing pop producer Sandy Vee, DJ/producer Adrian Lux, rising star Kiesza. Its been nothing short of a dream come true.

TZB: What does it mean to you to be a woman who works in the music industry?

MS:  I do believe in certain situations women have to work harder or be more aggressive to be taken seriously. In corporate work environments women are usually fairly respected however through other experiences i have seen, If a guy walks onto a tour bus or into a recording studio he is sometimes looked at differently than a women. At the end of the day gender and age don’t mean much if you have a good successful company with reputable clients & a good reputation yourself, people will want to work with you no matter what.

TZB: Some folks meditate to find balance, some people hit the gym. How do you find a live/work balance in your life?

MS: Spending time with friends and also being out at shows is my way of relaxing. A night out watching Adrian Lux (whom I manage) or Calvin Harris (Ultra Records) play until 4am could be considered work… but for me this is my passion and I love it.

TZB: What are some of the challenges you face in your day-to-day and how do you overcome them?

MS: Trying to balance meetings, conference calls, deadlines. The best way to handle the day-to-day challenges to is learn that are the main priorities and also delegate.

TZB: Can you share one of your own inspirational stories with us?

MS: 3 years ago I took a few days off from working with bands (Red Light Management) and found myself on a plane down to Miami for Winter Music Conference. A friend of mine had just sent me P!nk’s Funhouse album and i couldn’t stop playing it over and over on the plane ride (It was at that moment i remember thinking that one day I would manage a pop star). During that weekend i walked into a dance tent and discovered a group called Swedish House Mafia. They weren’t known at the time but the energy in that tent was unbelievable. I took a picture on my phone and kept it as my background photo for a year. It gave me chills every time i Looked at it. At that moment it became my dream to manage a DJ/producer and having it on my phone was a constant reminder. FAST FORWARD 3 years later: I’m managing a pop producer – Sandy Vee- who is currently nominated for 3 Grammy’s (Record of the Year Katy Perry Firework, Album of the year Rihanna Loud, Best Dance/Electronic Album David Guetta) Managing a Swedish DJ/Producer Adrian Lux whom is very much supported by Swedish House Mafia & released a huge worldwide smash single Teenage Crime Developing a rising pop star- Kiesza!

TZB: Favorite album of 2011?

MS:  I can’t answer this….i have too many.haha

TZB: Most inspiring person in 2011?

MS:  Lady Gaga. With her…. the sky is the limit. I want to manage a pop star that carries the same motivation. An artist that goes beyond the expectations of a typical cookie cutter pop star and breaks the rules and creates their own. Someone that has the ability to change history and people’s lives forever. That’s everything I want to be and the person I want to work with for the rest of my life.

TZB: If you had to pick and then stick with only one resolution for 2012, what would it be?

MS: To try and become a “morning” person. I am terrible in the morning. I am my most creative & energetic after midnight. That is good if you are an artist but as a manager… not so good. Hahaha

I hope you’ve felt the inspiration from Melissa as I have! If you are interested in contacting Melissa, please comment below and I will be sure to pass the message onto her.

Keep on keepin’ on and visualize your dreams into reality!

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 – Just Do It Already! – Day 4

Hey Zenful Dancers! Why wait when you can do it now? Do what you ask? Do IT! You know, IT, as in Interesting Things!

1. Plant wintery bulbs in your window.
2. Instead of asking “how are you?” to a stranger (when you really just meant to say “hello”), wait and actually listen for the answer to your question.
3. Stand on your head (if you don’t have a neck injury)
4. Ask for what you want even if you think the answer is no.
5. Laugh at yourself out loud.
6. Learn a gibberish language ibitand spibiteak ibita libitittle ebitvery dibitay. 🙂
7. Steal a kiss in an unexpected place or moment.
9. Brush your teeth with your left hand if your right-handed. Or with your feet if your left-handed. 🙂
10. (and my personal favorite) Dance like nobody is watching but while everyone is watching you.

Keep on keepin’ on and keep it interesting. You might just learn something new about yourself!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

P.S. Thanks to Allison Barber for the inspiring title to today’s post!

TZB Project 365 – Healthy & Happy – Day 2

Dear Zenful Dancers,

I hope this letter finds you all in good spirits and off to a great start of this new year.

Today I launched my first Meetup group in NYC! It’s called the NYC Zenful Dance Meetup Group. I wanted to organize a way to get moving meditation to the masses of New Yorkers who crave a little live/work balance. So many styles to try, especially in New York City! I’m really happy about the concept. So exciting! Now I’ve got an opportunity to help make it a reality. Check it out: http://www.meetup.com/The-New-York-Zenful-Dance-Meetup-Group/

Keep on keepin’ on and move to find your balance! 🙂

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Yep that’s right Zenful Dancers! Enough of the heavy! Let’s have some fun- check these out:

Laughter Yoga

How to Yoyo

Increasing Motion in Your Neck and Shoulders (Yep, that’s me in the video!)

Apply Eyeliner (How to)

Make Kettle Corn at Home

Wiggle Your Ears

Let me know how you like these and should you have any you want to share- please send them my way!

Keep on keepin’ on and keep it fun!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger