Susanne dives into the power of community coming off her recent event in New York City and the power it presented.
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Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Point Rise Podcast. I am so grateful you have tuned in.
I would love to talk to you about the power of community. Now I have just gotten out of the first-ever performing artists networking event here in New York City. It was absolutely magical, and actually, I think that’s an understatement. To see people coming together to share how their 2020 has been, what they lived through. To what’s already taking place in their theater, their art, and what actually are they leaving behind.
The biggest takeaway for me was the power of people getting together, and so many people had so many different journeys. Despite the pandemic being something terrible, all of us have seen so many good things in it and really lean into the everyday good things and not concentrate on the bad things that didn’t work. I think that was so beautiful for me to see because not many people are actually able to do so.
I would say that was my biggest, aha moment. But I just loved loved loved hearing about it. But let me share about the community a little bit.
My journey with actually stepping into different communities and why I was so timid to actually do so. So here’s what I’ve learned, I never really wanted to be part of anything because I thought I would actually be weaker. Being a part of a group or a community, I did not see any advantages.
Because I was so scared that I would be judged, I was so frightened that people would look down on me that people would tell me what to do and what not to do. I didn’t see it as a resource of courage, a resource of knowledge, of power, and something to lean on. You see, they’re three different kinds of communities. I have learned this from Lindsey Swartz, who I have heard talk many, many times. She is one of the master community builders out there. She divides communities into three different parts. The community you collaborate with, the community you learn from, and you mentor with, and the community that actually inspire and mentor yourself. So without the first two, you really don’t have anything to give further. In some way or another, we all have a community that we mentor or inspire or look at us. You know, if you’re performing artists, you have a community. They show up in the theater every single time you perform. And to be able to fill their cup, you need to be sure that you are tapped into communities that are mentoring you and that you can feed off them and communities that you also can collaborate with.
So when I first started going to networking events or masterminds, I was scared out of my mind. I didn’t see the point. Why should I do this? Why should I feel so uncomfortable? 500 women, oh my goodness, they all just going to hurt me. That was my story. And I learned very, very quickly. Within two days, my mind was changed. The story I had around women and community was untrue. I had told myself something that was lying in me that I assumed I had taken on from other people. That wasn’t true. It did not feel like that to me at all. These women were so supportive and so kind and helpful that I asked myself, why didn’t I become part of a community much earlier on?
I thought that we would gather and talk about all the things that are not working and concentrates on the problems. No, it was all about solutions. It was all about tools. It was all about understanding each other superpowers. And that’s what I’m talking about. This is the kind of community that I am craving. This is the kind of community that I’m really passionate about building.
Pointe To Rise was founded on the core desire to bring people together so that we all have people to lean on. And really tap into each other superpower, understanding that we don’t have to know it all. We don’t need to do it all by ourselves. And by the way, we are not meant to do it by ourselves.
So when we start leaning into our superpowers and understanding that we don’t need to know everything ourselves, that’s when we open ourselves actually up to learn more and experience more. When I first started tapping into a community of mentors, I also honestly remember how frightened I was. I’m not talking about just being scared and, you know, the heart racing a little bit and a slight shakiness in my hands. No, I was so nauseous. I thought I’m ready to pass out. My body literally did everything possible to prevent me from going into this room? This space was such a threat; it was an attack on my ego, right? Because I’ve never really done something like that before. Being in a room with mentors and learning from them, and asking questions. Oh, my gosh, asking questions.
Oh, my goodness. That was another step into being together with other people and feeling their energy, and understanding how much more powerful we are as a community. I genuinely believe as performing artists, and this is not only dancers. I have everything that I’ve learned, really gathered from my experience as a professional Ballet dancer. The more I open up my own personal boundaries in terms of who I want to serve and who I believe could really benefit from my experience, I see that performing artists altogether are somewhere somewhat in the same boat. And this is why I’m talking about performing artists at this point.
The industry is very competitive, we all know as the industry, you know, kind of promotes the solopreneur sort of a way of living. The truth is, though, that it’s not. It’s not what it needs to be. We all can lock arms and still stand on stage by ourselves. We all can learn from each other, help each other grow, and be great artists, whatever you’re doing, dancers, actors, and singers alike. So I’m telling you that creating a community, being part of a community is so essential to your future success. Understanding that you don’t have to do it by yourself, just understanding that you perhaps struggle just as much as somebody else may be your struggles could inspire somebody else to just continue. That is, sharing our stories will help us to identify whether or not they’re true. And do we really have to buy into them? Are they actually helping us to grow? Or is it something that holds us back from reaching our dreams?
So here is the news. We are going to continue putting on these networking events. We are going to make them bigger and brighter and longer. Planning on the next one here in New York City at the end of August. I would love to hear from you from your city if that is something that you would be interested in facilitating.
Does Pointe To Rise need to hold your cities artist networking event? How can we collaborate and make sure that we have attendees and space for a community of performing artists?
Reach out to me, just DM me under my personal Instagram profile, which is @susannepuerschel, or you go to the Pointe to Rise Instagram profile; either will work. Send me an email at email@example.com. Saying that would be something you want to be part of and how your community needs something like this. I will get in contact with you personally.
Thank you so much for reading, guys. I wish you the very best week. Make it a great one.
Just don’t forget to really tap into the power of community.
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About Susanne Puerschel
Susanne, Founder of Pointe To Rise, an Empowerment society for dancers and other artists, Wellness Entrepreneur, podcast host, former international ballerina, and an experienced principal chief executive officer had the privilege to grow up behind the iron curtain in Berlin, Germany.
She’s dedicating her time now, after working in cooperate America and running her own businesses, to building community among dancers and artists, providing mindset and high-performance coaching, and building a media company that will be the springboard to revitalizing the Arts.