Debra Russell, Certified Business Coach

Debra Russell

Debra Russell, founder of Artist’s EDGE, combines her two passions– the world of entertainment with facilitating growth and change in people’s lives. As a Certified Business Coach and workshop leader, Debra works with creative individuals, groups and organizations to help shape their success in their chosen field.

Debra is a Certified Business Coach, Certified Master Results Coach, and additionally Master Certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Neurological Repatterning and Ericksonian Hypnosis. She specializes in serving the Arts and Entertainment Industries working with performers, writers, and visual artists as as well as executives, producers, venue owners, agents and those involved in production.  As part of her work with the Entertainment Industry, she also works with Professional Athletes and those associated in the Sports Industry.

In addition to working with private clients, Debra has created several innovative programs which have been presented at entertainment industry trade conferences including SXSW, the Western Arts Alliance, TAXI Road Rally, NSAI’s Songposium and Advanced Songwriter’s Camp, San Francisco Women’s Film Festival as well as to private groups and organizations throughout the US and Australia.

These programs form the basis for the Artists Marketing & Business Academy, which opened its virtual doors in 2005.

Testimonial from Vickie Russell, Singer/Songwriter


In 2001, Debra trained with the Australian based Results Coaching Systems and become a Certified Business Coach. She extended her training to also be certified as a Lead Trainer and has trained over 40 coaches for RCS. Always looking to expand and improve her skills, Debra has studied at the Graduate School of Coaching. In February of 2008, she began her training with the Christopher Howard Training Company and quickly achieved her Master Certification as a Results Coach and as a Master Practitioner in NLP, Neurolinguistic Repatterning and Ericksonian Hypnosis.

Debra’s own creativity began in her teens when she began acting in high school and later appeared in off-Broadway productions in NYC. It was during this time in her career that she began producing and leading personal development programs setting the stage for the eventual development of her company, Artist’s EDGE.   While earning her BFA in theater from Syracuse University’s conservatory program, she also studied directing as her minor.  She moved to Los Angeles to work in the production side of the film and television industry, commercials and music videos.

I accomplished my goal of signing with a top literary agent the first month I was working with Debra! The lessons I’m learning about goal-setting, my mind-set and beliefs, and my willingness to take responsibility for my life will continue to propel my career forward. My self-confidence is at an all-time high! And hey, I’m just getting started!
Sophie Littlefield, Fiction Writer
For the past few months I’ve been working with Debra Russell, focusing on time management. Speaking as one who routinely overworks but has little sense of how to manage his time efficiently, I can testify that this work has been enormously beneficial. I highly recommend Debra’s services.

Tom Kimmel

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Singer Songwriter, Austin
Working with Debra has been more than important for my music — it’s been essential. Having just completed production of my first solo CD, “Lucky,” I see now that our work together is directly responsible for my having made a top-drawer recording that matches the vision I’d been carrying around in my head for a year. The tools Debra gave me provoked me into doing my absolute best work and surrounding myself with the players and engineers who would do the same. Had I not been working with Debra, I’m quite certain I would have settled for a good deal less — from myself and others. Debra helps me “rise to the occasion,” and I believe in the value of this process completely.
Jean Synodinos Singer-Songwriter