As an award-winning jazz vocalist and founding member of Manhattan Transfer, Erin Dickins has enjoyed a remarkable career on stage and in the recording studio. After spending five years singing ensemble music with The Manhattan Transfer, she continued to expand her musical horizons, emerging as one of the top studio singers in New York. Erin is also no newcomer to the food world. She studied at the New York Restaurant School and self-taught herself the Escoffier Method. As passionate about cooking as she is about music, Erin recently released a new cookbook with an accompanying CD, Sizzle & Swing – Jazzin’ Up Food by ComteQ Publishing with Dot Time Records. In concert with the book/CD release, Dickins has also launched a new line of herbal seasonings that shares the moniker, “Sizzle & Swing.”

Key Reinvention Take-Aways from Erin’s Interview:

  • Have someone in your corner who’s non-judgmental.
  • “I am delusional.  I just think I’ll know how to realize my vision.” Trust your vision. (Hollis’s note:  Believing unconditionally in your own vision is one of the biggest hurdles to reinvention)
  • Don’t get hung-up in business plans or 5-year plans. They can often prevent you even getting started. Instead, spend time DAYDREAMING about nice achievements, and it will help you guide the development and execution of your vision.
  • Unprogram the educational system voice in your head that says, “Stop daydreaming, and focus on your studies!”
  • Unless you’re all in, you don’t have a chance to succeed.
  • Work on your vision EVERY DAY. Erin’s process is to do 3 things that are “life maintenance” related (“clean my iPhone screen;” “organize my closet;” “run to the store”), 3 things that move her forward, and 3 things for herself personal
  • Entrust 1 – 2 friends, but don’t let them derail you with their criticisms or lack of belief.
  • Your product has to stand on its own, then use your passion for it to sell it.