STEP INTO THE SHOES OF POWERFUL INDIVIDUALS AND DISCOVER HOW THEY EARNED THEIR SUCCESS In this compelling podcast from entrepreneurs to CEOs to influencers and beyond, Tory Archbold steps back to connect with the powerful stories of extraordinary individuals she has met along the highway of life — their highs and lows, near misses and great wins. The Powerful Stories podcast invites you to step up and take hold of your own power.

Courage takes many different shapes and forms for all of us. Whether you’re walking down a catwalk, standing on top of a stage, or finding yourself through challenging times, the strength and resilience it takes to keep striving and showing up for yourself everyday is inspiring and truly powerful.

I am bringing you the incredibly talented Erika Heynatz. I have known Erika for two decades and she is one of my absolute favourite performing artists.

Erika studied graphic design at university before beginning in the fashion industry as a model. She built a very successful career, including walking catwalks in Europe and hosting Australia’s Top Model, before changing paths to become a performing artist.

In this episode, we discuss Erika’s early career and her bold move to become a singer and perform on stage for ‘It Takes Two’, Marie Claire, and three musicals including Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, and Rocky Horror. Her show stopping performance won her BWW’s Best Featured Actress in a Musical and a nomination for Best Supporting Actress In A Musical at the Helpmann Awards.

Erika shares her challenges, including how difficult it was to find a tribe and community when she was a model because so many people in that industry have blocked themselves off from others.

Erika warmly opens up about the nerves and fear she felt before going on stage. Through strength she changed her mindset to face her fears, find her courage and realise that it’s not about her. The incredible thing about theatre is that it’s all about the impact for the audience and purely just being in the moment that makes it a one-of-a-kind experience.

Erika talks about how she found her voice through standing up for herself and for other women. She discovered her power and strength through fear and pain. This experience has changed her as a performer and led her to build boundaries for herself and for others. She has found her passion to write her own content and plug in with amazing female creatives to tell a story of her own about perfection and disconnection.

Erika’s journey embodies bravery and courage. I know that it will resonate with many women and I’m so grateful to be bringing it to you.

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