After completing college, it was necessary for Brandy to find a job. She still had the vision of the life that she had seen growing up as a child with her dad’s employer and wife. To get there it was going to require a steady paying job, where if she just worked she would climb the latter to more money. Brandy pursued a career in the corporate world utilizing her art background as a visual merchandiser, in other words she dressed the mannequins in the windows of department stores. This was fulfilling for her. She was still creating. Each outfit on the mannequin was a creation. She utilized the principles and elements of design. She also learned management skills as well as procedures and processes.
Brandy was an achiever. She quickly rose up through the corporate ranks with pay increases along the way. When she reached the ceiling, she found herself frustrated and defeated. She had been climbing for several years just to find out that where she was going still wasn’t where she wanted to be. She needed to take the next leap. Brandy started her own company creating store fixtures and decoratives for retail companies.
Along the way she met an amazing man that inspired her further. He had the same qualities that she aspired to. They fell in love and started a journey together. Brandy still yearned for the growth and expansion, which she fulfilled by connecting with like-minded individuals in personal development programs. She participated at all levels from beginning to coaching to leadership, working on her own growth as well as helping others to achieve their dreams as well as making an impact on communities.
It was during one of these programs that Brandy had the realization that she wasn’t bound to one particular path just because that is what her work experience or education had been in the past. She made a declaration and reinvented herself, fulfilling one of her childhood dreams of being a movie director. Brandy immersed herself in typical fashion of 100%. She started her own production company, Set It Off! Productions, where she made several short films, shot some music videos and put together some live DVD production of concerts. Then she started producing corporate videos and writing screenplays. She became a movie director and built relationships within the film community. Her films have screened and won awards at film festivals world wide including Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Traildance, and many more.
“Connect with Mother Earth’s magnificence and you will never be the same.”
Brandy recognized that it was more than just making the films, as with all businesses, it is required to figure out how to sell the product. This sent her on a path of discover she never would have imagined. She started to look at the most successful independently distributed films to figure out how they did it. She found the movie, “The Secret” and was fascinated by the fact that they had sold over 3 million copies independently. She had to do even more research. Who was this audience that felt compelled to buy the DVD? There were a couple of the speakers from “the Secret” that resonated with her and it just so happened that one of them was going to be speaking in Austin in the next month. Brandy attended the event with James Arthur Ray and was amazed at the charisma. People ran to the back tables to sign up for his upcoming programs. It wasn’t that he was really teaching anything new, but the way he packaged the content was unique and he was pretty clever at marketing and sales techniques.
Brandy decided to attend his next event and bring her husband. They both got value from attending the event as it provided a structure for them
Steve and Brandy Amstel
to contemplate parts of their lives that they didn’t often have time for. Sometimes the immediacy of life’s demands get’s in the way of what is really important on the larger scheme. She continued to attend what was called the “Journey of Power” with James Ray and became a part of his inner circle, the World Wealth Society. The biggest value for her was connecting with other like-minded individuals that believed in living life to the fullest, continuing to grow and expand so that they could all make a bigger impact in the world. They journeyed all over the world together from Hawaii to Lake Tahoe, to Cabo San Lucas, to Egypt experiencing all that life had to offer and growing together.
On the journey, Brandy was introduced to many different ways that she could expand her life by becoming more and more conscious to all areas of life from health, to finances, to relationships with self and others. She discovered ways that she could combine her life’s experiences to be more congruent with who she really was. It became easier to do less compartmentalizing. She could be an expression of who she was and not be reserved as to expose herself and be judged. She found that this was much more fulfilling and began a practice of being more and more authentic to who she knows herself to be inside.
2009 Sedona Sweatlodge at Angel Valley
On October 8, 2009, Brandy underwent the biggest challenge in her life to date in the infamous, Sedona Sweatlodge, where 3 of her friends died and many others were injured including herself. It was one of the single biggest learning lesson in her life. As a result of having that experience, she learned that it is imperative that we as human beings become more aware and conscious to make powerful choices, and more importantly to listen to our inner guidance. It is what saved her life. She will be sharing more of her story in the episodes to come.
Brandy has spent the last couple of years rebuilding her trust through some amazing healers and mentors. A few of them include Cynthia Kersey, Lisa Nichols, Marica Wieder, Tim Levy, Arthur Joseph, Lisa Sasevish, Loral Langmeier, Zig Ziglar and Jack Canfield. They reminded her that she has the strength, tools and resources to create her destiny just as it was meant to be. She continues to practice taking inspired action and living an authentic life daily.