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Carla DeSantis Black’s lectures, seminars and workshops cover a variety of issues and are appropriate for all audiences, covering areas such as self-improvement for the independent musician, career enhancement, the history of women in music and music journalism. 

Self-Improvement

Be Your Own Life Coach - In this inspirational and educational workshop, learn how to apply tried and true life coaching techniques to create a life of success and happiness. If you can dream it, you can be it. This program is a great presentation for all groups.

Musicians

Girls Get Gigs: How To Make A Living Making Music – Based on nearly 20 years interviewing successful artists about what works (and what doesn’t) and her own experience as a musician and life coach, Carla offers practical advice and secrets for musicians on how to take their career to the next level and beyond. Motivational and inspirational, learn how to fulfill your dreams and make music your full time  and only gig!

Academic

My ROCKRGRL Journey – ROCKRGRL Magazine began as a 16-page black and white photocopied zine in 1994 and when it closed ten years later, was considered to be one of the most influential underground magazines ever published. This seminar offers tips on how to conduct award-winning interviews, the numerous challenges music journalists face today, using social media and much, much more. This is a perfect topic for journalism students and anyone interested in the field of communications.

A Brief History Of Women in Music - From Big Mama Thornton to Nicki Minaj, the history of women in music is seldom taught. Here is a great opportunity to learn about the famous and lesser-known pioneers of contemporary music and get inspired. Great for middle school and high school students. 

Music and Gender - Women in music are presented as highly sexualized in much of today’s hits. This workshop addresses the sticky wicket of how women are portrayed as musicians and eye candy. This workshop is ideal  for parents and girls to experience and discuss together.