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Meet Beate Walden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beate Walden.

Beate, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It is quite crazy to think that I was raised in Oberursel, Germany (where is that? Exactly!) believing that I had absolutely no courage, and yet, I made it here, to Los Angeles, CA, having walked a wild and winding road.

I moved to the US after returning often to study violin at the Aspen Music School and Festival, or hanging in San Diego for a summer or appearing on television when I was 11. A B1 visa granted me entry into an unknown future. I had met my husband in Cologne in a Recording Studio, and we knew instantly that we were made for each other. A year later, we packed up our apartments and moved to Los Angeles.

I was a studio violinist at first, yet after having children, I just wished to be home and raise my two beautiful kids. Chris, my husband and I, created a lot of music together, wrote songs for films, I sang or played violin on movies, tv shows, as well as recordings for Andrea Bocelli and so many other artists. My inner ‘life searching force’ soon pushed me forward, which led me to studying photography, healing modalities, and I also received my M.A. in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis on Consciousness, Health and Healing. Eventually, my education and experiences led me to work with Young Artists, to accelerate and guide their careers on many levels of beingness, such as Power Reclamation, Confidence building, Clear Decision Making as well as Sound and Style Guidance.

I finally realized that indeed I had courage. I just did not think I did. This was part of a deep revelation: I wished to work with other women to bring about change for girls, women, and the world. As I had found change inside of me and then in my world, I knew that we can all feel that sense of freedom, strength, clarity, and deep self-love I had found.

Sister Code was born. A unique one-day workshop for different age groups from teenage girls to women introduced and guided by Leslie Darwin O’Brien, Courtney Fortune and myself. We aim to cultivate a sense of empowerment and community among young women, expanding minds through the faculty of creativity and personal growth.

We believe in advancing confidence in teen girls and women through the power of collaboration and the practice of courage. Sister Code brings visibility to young women of all kinds and activates change towards equality and peace.

That is how I got to today: my happiest and most fulfilled place ever.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Pain, my greatest teacher, was introduced to me at the age of seven when I was run over by a drunk driver. It became clear that the broken leg was nothing compared to the altered spine I was left with, which informed all of my life as a Violinist. I was in so much pain that while I was studying music, I had to take a whole year off to go into pain management, PT, and many different modalities of healing. They never changed much. The pain is still with me.

So, I ‘stopped’ playing Violin professionally a few years back, a process that took seven years to complete, and I still miss it. Yet once in a while, I take my instrument out and thrive in her sound and the beauty of music. Music soothes my soul, and I can face the many obstacles along the way: leaving my entire family behind in Germany, feeling very alone at times. The excruciating pain of my son’s open brain surgery at the age of eleven months, when all I could do during the nine hours of surgery was to cut down all the plants around my house or I might have gone insane. To this day, I see his little face as he looks back at me while the doctors at Children’s Hospital LA carried him into surgery. The guilt of having left Germany and my family flared up, as I felt so very removed from all I knew, the language I was familiar with, the humor I understood, the culture I related to.

Yet I learned, we both did, American shows are now hilarious to me (they say humor comes last in understanding a new language, and I agree). And even as I recall the times of financial challenge, when the writer’s strike in LA led my husband into ‘no work mode’, and us into financial uncertainty, we grew closer together as a couple and also as a family. These momentous times are doing that yet again. There is not much music being recorded, there are no live shows, as the whole industry is struggling. This is yet another time of necessary adjusting and deep-rooted fear of the future.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Artist Advisory in my case is a unique combination of A&R work, life coaching, an eye for inner and outer beauty, however that beauty presents itself (there are so many ways), of action-taking and unconditional support.

I am very proud of having worked with some extraordinary talents throughout the years. However, it is my newest endeavor of AMPLIFY, Songwriting meets Empowerment, which Courtney Fortune and I are bringing to Public School Afterschool Programs (hopefully soon), as well as Sister Code, which we are bringing to the world.

I am proud of the opportunity to make a change for kids and adults alike, for teen girls and women, for musicians, songwriters, and photographers, for meditators and mindful humans, to all those interested in powerful and meaningful change into a sustainable and promising future.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Oh, ha, my favorite childhood memory was horseback riding in Indiana on a ranch when I was eleven. I was absolutely certain I was going to move to the US and be a cowgirl. No doubt in my mind.

Friends of my parents invited us, and for five days I was in blissful heaven. I got a hat and boots, which were way too big and made me trip over every rock, yet who cares when you have arrived in paradise? I rode a horse named Red, and I still remember the view as I rode bareback, the sensation of feeling so free with my hair blowing in the wind. Magical. Once in a lifetime. Happiness.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.beatewalden.com
  • Phone: 310.923.3313
  • Email: beate@beatewalden.com
  • Instagram: @beatewalden
  • Facebook: @TheArtistAdvisor
  • Twitter: @beatewalden

Image Credit:
Seal. Courtney Fortune, Katharine McPhee, Peisha McPhee, Monica Mancini, Adriana McPhee, Lindsey Stirling, Courtney Fortune

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