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Impostor syndrome.

You know, that little voice in your head that says, “Who do you think you are? You can’t do THAT! You'll never be as good as so-and-so. It's only a matter of time before everyone finds out you don't have a CLUE what you're doing.”

This is a show about that.

Producer, singer, mentor, storyteller, and urban meditation aficionado Andrea Klunder takes you inside the minds and hearts of artists, healers, creative entrepreneurs and anyone who's willing to take a risk, think outside the box, move beyond self-doubt to live their creative work, and live their best lives.


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Apr 13, 2020

Episode 097. "It's just interesting to me that you're suddenly seeing more in the media about the concept of gig economy...It's just like, man, if you talk to artists and musicians we know the gig economy. That's been a standard, that's our lives. We've lived that since the dawn of time...If they'd only talk to us, we could have told them how bad it's gonna be, how vulnerable everyone would be." ~Michele Thomas

Good enough. That phrase has been playing on a loop lately. Maybe you’ve asked yourself the following questions about good enough:

How much of that unpolished content is good enough to share now?

How much social media posting is good enough to remind followers that you’re there to help, but not overwhelm them (or you)?

Whose contribution to society is good enough to earn them a decent living wage or housing stability or healthcare?

Didn’t think we’d go deep, huh? That’s ok. This pandemic has laid bare myriad imbalances and forced many of us to reconsider the answers to weightier questions: 

Why is the only route to security through a traditional payrolled job?

Why aren’t the services or art that gig workers provide deemed good enough to earn them in place in the national conversation about income equality and similar protections?

Michele Thomas is a Chicago-based jazz singer and voice teacher who knows what it means to gig. It was artists, after all, who created the original gig economy long before mobile apps co-opted the idea. Up until last month, Michele was busy hustling that gig life when her calendar suddenly fell apart thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak here in the US. The subsequent weeks have been a mixed bag of worry, optimism, introspective creative projects, and...worry.

Beyond the logistics of where to perform now and how to deliver that sound, jazz musicians like Michele are grappling with how these emergency methods might forever change the genre itself.

Without the hustle to keep her busy, Michele’s had time to reflect on how much of her art and her happiness relies on her audience. She’s also protective of that connection, deeply concerned about how gig workers and traditional employees fair after the pandemic.

She hopes all the time spent sheltering in place consuming art and unable to support our local services will lead to a collective reckoning about who and what constitutes good enough. 

I PROMISE it's not as heavy as it sounds!

This conversation is full of light, love and laughter. Listen to the end -- you'll be renewed.

Get the full show notes and connect with Michele Thomas (AND GET HER MUSIC) at


"I Know Because You Told Me So" used with permission by Michele Thomas Music.

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