Media and Communication Coaching
There’s no one in the coaching space other than Tracey who I can rely on to tap into the root of a problem and address it with a holistic approach. My artists always leave a session with her feeling that they’ve grown and learned something about themselves — and not that they’ve just been told how to answer a question. I’ve been working with Tracey for years, but a recent experience has really shown me just how much she is capable of. I had an artist come in with immense talent, but so terrified and inexperienced with social or professional interactions, let alone real interviews. Tracey was able to form a connection — and more importantly build trust — from Day One. She identified immediately that the artist would benefit from ongoing sessions. The time invested has been more than worth it, as she has taken this artist from fear of a simple Zoom with the record label to being able to conquer live interviews. It’s been an absolutely transformative experience — “night and day” doesn’t even begin to cover it.
— C.R., Warner Records
I hire Tracey because she is highly effective. I have worked with other media coaches in the past who take a more cookie-cutter approach (PowerPoint slides) to media training and it doesn’t work. Business leaders want someone who can speak their language and Tracey does it fluently.
The client is more confident with talking points, they speak more concisely than they did before, and they understand the goal of each interview more clearly. I absolutely would recommend Tracey. I’ve spent hours working with her on the client prep side and am always impressed with how thorough she is, how much she understands each unique situation, and how she adapts to meet the challenges of each client.
— Mike Stommel, co-founder Lucky Break PR
My experience of working with Tracey as a coach was excellent! She made me feel comfortable and allowed me to be vulnerable without judgement or criticism. She created a ‘safe’ space for me to tackle something that has always been mortifying for me (public speaking) and somehow convinced me that it was something that I could do and actually be good at! I felt challenged, but also that I was in good hands. Tracey came in knowing everything about our company and was very clear on what our objectives were and how to pursue them. As we continued through our sessions, I felt more and more confident and adept. At first Tracey made me feel safe and later, accomplished. What was most valuable from our work was learning to believe in myself. That I don’t have to ‘try’ to be interesting or ‘try’ to impress people. I also learned that public speaking is a skill that can be learned and honed and perfected.
— Dan H.
My experience working with Tracey was, first of all, humbling. Secondly, it was massively informative. It helped me gain perspective on not only myself, but more importantly, how to project myself so that others can best understand me and my work. Before working with Tracey, I wasn’t representing myself in the best way I could. I felt a mixture of arrogance and insecurity. This was partly due to the fact that I’ve been carrying my story for so long and was very protective of it. It took Tracey asking one question to completely disarm me. From that point on, we established trust, which then helped me uncover the best way to tell my story.
—Forest Blakk, gold-selling recording artist
When I first met Tracey, I didn’t know what to expect. My management thought it was important to meet with her to receive media training, and I soon found out why. She’s so incredible at what she does. In our first session I felt so comfortable I completely poured my heart and soul out and told her my entire life story. What I respect the most about Tracey is that she never shared what I told her in confidence with anyone. The trust she maintains with her clients is truly hard to find.
— Lupita Infante, Grammy-nominated recording artist
Tracey is an immensely talented and intuitive person with the ability to help performers hone in on how to speak about themselves and their artistry, which can be very hard for many to do.
Tracey has helped many of my artists over the years really learn how to speak confidently and assuredly about what makes them them and actually enjoy doing interviews in the process.
— Senior V.P. of Publicity at major record label
Working with Tracey has been an incredible experience. I came to her initially to help with my professional communication skills as I was having difficulty speaking and presenting in meetings and I became overwhelmed easily. Tracey helped me realize that there were deeper emotions at play that were preventing me from being my best self, and so our sessions became a hybrid of communication training and life coaching. She prompted me to examine my personal saboteurs and how they inhibit my professional growth, and together we began to untangle the fear that stood in my way.
I would absolutely recommend Tracey’s services to anyone struggling with communication. I used to believe communicating in my personal and professional life were two different skills, and Tracey helped me realize that I already possessed all the tools to succeed professionally — I just had to rediscover them. Having her as a partner in exploring these issues made me feel supported and safe.
— R.M., Senior Account Director
Tracey Pepper is our go-to source for media training needs! She is highly skilled at working with all ranges of artists from seasoned legacy acts needing a refresher to new artists looking to figure out their first interviews. She is extremely skilled at getting to know an artist’s possible hesitancies toward interviews by taking time to talk to them about their fears and underlying worries about speaking to the press. She is one of the best in the industry and truly unparalleled.
— Major Record Label Publicist
I came to Tracey to help me reframe my outdated bio, but within a few minutes of connecting it became clear that we’d be doing much more than that. Beyond the practical skills she leverages, Tracey is also a tremendously powerful ‘active listener.’ I am garrulous and sometimes convoluted in my expression and she was able to fully absorb everything I was saying and then expertly point to the salient aspects. Her meaningful insights sparked profound shifts in my perception. Tracey embodies tremendous wisdom that invites unexpected breakthroughs.
During our session I felt completely safe to be vulnerable. This is always important in coaching, but Tracey exudes a natural empathy that feels deeply authentic; it’s so evident that she is passionate about what she does. Her positive energy sparked enthusiasm in me. I felt supported and empowered to come to my own truths. I have worked with many top-tier professionals, Tracey is next-level terrific.
I would one thousand percent recommend Tracey to others looking for a coach (and I already have!!) Her compassion and curiosity allow her to extract the best in each of us. It’s deep work and yet with Tracey it feels playful and effortless. Her practice is valuable beyond the specific silos she typically reaches. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from working with her. She’s the real deal.
— Melissa Unger, artist, author, advisor
Founder & Creative Director of Seymour Projects
I came to Tracey feeling lost, stuck, hopeless, and trapped. I’m going to be honest — I wasn’t really sure this coaching thing would work. But Tracey met me exactly where I was, every session, without judgment, holding space and asking me questions that opened up a door of curiosity that seemed to have been nailed shut somewhere along the way.
These changes filled me with hope, possibility, excitement, and direction. If you are struggling in any area of your life, Tracey has the gifts to get you not only unstuck but excited about what’s to come.
— Deanna N.
Last year I found my dream job during the middle of a pandemic. Or I should say, it found me. You’d think being approached by a recruiter for a job that seems tailor-made for you would be an easy decision, right? Except it wasn’t. I had a ton of career-associated mental baggage to sort through. Enter Tracey Pepper Coaching. During my sessions, Tracey helped me unpack and discard all the stuff I was holding on to. Think of her as Marie Kondo for your psyche. Tracey’s sessions left me feeling powerful and in control — even joyful. She gently yet firmly showed me how to identify my saboteurs and deal with them. Even when I was feeling 90% confident, something would inevitably pop up, and the skills she taught helped me deal with unexpected setbacks in record time.
Ten months into my “dream job” I received a major promotion, and now a year later, I am happier than I ever thought possible. I had so many hurdles to clear between the approach and the job offer/acceptance, and I doubt that I could have arrived there without Tracey. I’m so grateful she showed up with her kind (and badass) coaching when she did. I will be eternally grateful to her.
— Laura C.
Tracey’s supportive and kind approach to coaching also extends between sessions, so I can put my learnings into practice in various aspects of my life, from my job search to my relationships (with others and myself). Working together leads to a lot of clarity and self-understanding, and I’m deeply appreciative.
— Lauren Gniazdowski, start-up executive
I came to Tracey in a state of paralysis. I didn’t like the career I was in, and people kept telling me the career I wanted would be “impossible” to attain. Working with Tracey helped me not only get back into the career I want, but to go beyond my old beliefs. She’s helped me understand that, as a creative person, I’m not a machine. That I need to think about and work with my true self — the person inside, with all her complicated thoughts and emotions — to do the things I want to do. If this sounds like a bunch of woo woo nonsense, it’s because Tracey is so good at what she does I can’t even articulate it myself. And I’m a writer!
— Deanna Kizis, editor and author