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Meet Brian Brister

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Brister.

Brian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been singing in church since I was seven. I became a worship leader at the age of 12 and have now been leading worship for over 20 years in churches across Mississippi, New York and now, Los Angeles. It is one of the greatest things I’ve ever had the opportunity to do and I can’t imagine my life without it.

I started taking photos consistently when I was 16 or 17. I started with senior photos and families and moved to engagements and weddings pretty quickly. I did that for six years, then decided to transition into fashion photography. I received my master’s degree in fashion photography from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2012. I worked with several local models, magazines and modeling agencies in Syracuse until I moved to New York City in 2014. I continued to work across many different areas of the fashion industry, shooting for magazines, independent designers, modeling agencies and fashion shows.

I moved to Los Angeles in December of 2018. I began a journey of taking back my health within a month of moving to L.A. When I started my healthy journey, I weighed 330 pounds and was taking six medications daily for a myriad of issues caused from me being overweight. A few months into my health journey, I chose to partner with my health coaches and the company in helping my friends and family get healthy. Even though I was still on my journey, I was able to help so many people begin the journey of taking back their health as well. I lost 153 pounds in 15 months, but even more powerful than that, I was able to break a years long addiction to food and emotional eating and learn so much about proper nutrition. I am truly a completely different person-physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially. In the last 15 months of being a health coach, I’ve been able to help over 150 people begin the journey of taking back their health. The greatest part is that it’s not just weight loss. It’s about overall health. I have clients who want to lose weight, but I also have clients who want to gain weight healthily and I have clients who don’t want to gain or lose. They just want to learn how to have a better relationship with food and overcome the issues that they face with regard to optimal health and well-being.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My biggest obstacle or challenge as a worship leader was probably growing up with no formal training as a singer and not being able to play an instrument. I took lessons for piano and guitar multiple times but never learned how to play.

As a photographer, I was completely self-taught for the first ten years that I worked. I chose to get my masters degree in photography so that I could learn the technical side of photography that I never learned. In shooting fashion, one of the hardest parts is that there are so many other photographers and there isn’t a direct path to getting a job. So many careers you go to school, graduate, find a company, apply and work there. In fashion photography, pretty much all of the work is freelance, so you’re constantly reaching out to every agency or company possible in hopes that someone will give you a shot.

As a health coach, my biggest challenge is helping people believe in themselves. I have so many conversations with my clients where they tell me their dreams and goals and I fully believe those things are possible, but until they are willing to put away the excuses and believe that they are the only one responsible for their health and actually be willing to make the change, they’ll never be successful.

Please tell us about The Brian Brister Experience.
I still lead worship at my church, C3 Los Angeles and I am still a fashion photographer and continue to work on projects I am passionate about or with companies I enjoyed working with in the past. However, I currently spend most of my focused time on my work as a health coach. As a health coach, I help people begin the journey to optimal health and well-being. I focus on a healthy body, a healthy mind and healthy finances. The company that I’ve partnered with offers a Habits of Health Transformational System and focuses on lifelong transformation one healthy habit at a time.

All of the programs we offer have four major components.
1. A health coach-to come alongside you and celebrate you and encourage you and remind you that you are capable of doing hard things, but also to offer guidance on your journey.

2. A healthy community-we know that we become most like the people we surround ourselves with and the same is true in pursuing health. We start with an online community allowing you to partner with others who are also on the journey and then as you continue on your journey and your friends and family are inspired to begin taking back their health, you then begin to build a healthy community in person.

3. The Lifebook. It’s a working journal where you read a few pages and then answer a few questions about your journey. This is your personal book, so you can be completely honest with yourself. As you work through The Lifebook, you will begin to recognize areas of your life that you’re really successful and areas of your life that need a bit more focus than you’ve previously given.

The 4th and final component is simple, structured nutrition. These four things combined are what makes what we offer so different from many other companies and programs out there. I completely changed my life with the help of my coaches and the habits of health transformational system.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’d like to say yes, but honestly I don’t know that I would. I love the life that I live and a huge part of that comes from lived experiences. As a health coach, I can’t make people achieve their goals and I can’t want it for them more than they want it for themselves. It’s really tough to be able to see someone’s potential and have them give up because they aren’t committed enough. And I get it because that was my story for so many years. You don’t weigh 330 pounds and take six medications a day because you believe you can accomplish anything. But because I WAS able to accomplish my health goals, it makes me even more confident that others can also achieve theirs. If I can do this, anybody can do this!

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Candida Wohlgemuth, Kristina Subsara, Allison Stroud

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