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Ep 49

In her former life, Tommy Ludgate performed with Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller; now she helps people fulfil their creative and professional goals. Tommy joins Bronwyn Bidwell on Singing Teachers Talk this week to share her story of going from singing to coaching. They discuss overcoming challenges and how to unlock your creative potential. 


  • Tommy works a lot to shift perceptions around failure. We’re brought up to think that failure is a bad thing, but Tommy coaches people to develop a growth mindset, and to see every failure as an opportunity for growth. 
  • Fear will always follow you into a new venture or experience. Instead of letting fear stop you from doing something new, remember that it will be there no matter what, so don’t let it control you. 
  • Networking is important. Tommy has built up a network of people she can go to for advice. Collaboration brings in skill sets that you haven’t had the chance to develop yet. 
  • Before you work with a coach, it’s important to find the right person for you. Take your time and do some research, have conversations with people. 


‘There’s a feeling of hitting the same wall over and over again’ 

‘Fear is always going to be part of that, so invite it along anyway’ 

‘Seek conversation and ask for other people’s input’


BAST Training 

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Social Media:

Instagram @tommyludgatecoach 

Relevant Links & Mentions: 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Practice by Seth Godin

Magic Lessons podcast


Tommy Ludgate is a certified coach who helps creatives achieve professional and personal success. She has more than a decade’s experience in coaching singers, songwriters and performers, and is an expert in nurturing people and bringing their talents to the main stage.

In her former life, Tommy performed with Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller and worked as vocal coach at the BIMM Institute in London.

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