Compose Yourself Esha Alwani
Singer/songwriter Esha Alwani began writing songs when she was only six years old, shortly after being diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. “Music became my therapy. It helped me cope and gave me an outlet for my emotions.” Esha channels all her positive energy into as her career. She has signed a management deal with the Nashville-based Copeland Tucker Group and her music video, “Yesterday” already has over 27,000 views in just a few short months. You will also find her featured in the 2017 and 2018 issues of Destination Magazine. In 2017, Esha brought her live show to some very prestigious music festival events including The Aruba Summer Music Festival, where she performed to a crowd of over 8000.
With the release of her debut album “Beautiful” in 2016, and her second album, “Dangerous” in 2017, Esha is on her way to creating a name for herself. Her songs carry the emotional depth of Adele and commercial sensibilities of Ed Sheeran, yet her voice possesses a strong, unique edgy quality that truly defies comparison to any other artist.
With a wisdom beyond her years, Esha has an innate ability to write great songs that tackle complex life experiences, yet she’s often at her most compelling when exploring more personal territory on vulnerable ballads such as “I’m Not Loving You.”
Bad Things Will Happen Erik Bloomquist
Erik Bloomquist is a two-time New England Emmy® Award winner (Outstanding Director and Outstanding Writer), eight-time nominee, and Top 200 Director on HBO's Project Greenlight. His nationally syndicated drama series, The Cobblestone Corridor (for which Erik served as creator, showrunner, writer, director, and lead actor) is the winner of three New England Emmy® Awards and recipient of nine nominations. His critically acclaimed short films have played internationally on television, at festivals, and on demand. Erik’s award winning short, She Came from the Woods, is currently on the festival circuit while his debut feature film, Long Lost, is in post production.
Erik has also directed prolific musicals and plays at regional theaters and educational institutions across the country. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, his stage acting credits include the American premiere of Calendar Girls at the Ivoryton Playhouse and the world premiere of Rear Window at Hartford Stage (starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak). Erik has served as adjunct faculty at Trinity College, Artist-in-Residence at Avon Old Farms School, and Visiting Artist at Miss Porter's School. He graduated cum laude from Trinity College and is an alumnus of the London Dramatic Academy in London, England.
It’s OK to Not Be OK Kristen DeAndrade
With little legs and a big heart, Kristen DeAndrade is living proof that perseverance prevails. Born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, she is a passionista on a mission to erase barriers and eradicate stereotypes. Believing that disability is only a state of mind, Kristen shares her journey of living in the face of adversity with anyone who needs reminding of their own indomitable will.
After recently coming face to face with paralysis and frightening uncertainty, she continues to be an advocate for her passionate causes, supporting her fellow patients at The Paley Institute. Currently residing in West Palm Beach, FL, she is a beloved kids yoga teacher and forever student who is far from the mainstream individuation of a practitioner seen on social media or in a magazine, her optimism and strength of heart are unparalleled.
Kristen has appeared on several national television programs and networks including The Learning Channel and CBS Sunday Morning News. In addition to being a contributor for The Mighty, she has also been featured on Refinery29, Women’s Health, Huffington Post and Mind Body Green. Being authentic and open about life’s hard little intricacies is Kristen’s call to arms for those around her who are also stared down by hardship. She shares her journey on her blog, through her writing and motivational speaking.