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  • Sandy Kastel - Speaker
    Sandy Kastel - Speaker "Have you ever been told "You Can't!" "You Won't!" or "You Never Will!" Well, "You Can!" Excerpt from Empowering Women Workshops
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    Sandy Kastel - On-Air Personality "I love interviewing people and discovering how they followed their passion and achieved their goals." Sandy Kastel
  • Sandy Kastel - Performer
    Sandy Kastel - Performer "...All of a sudden the storm had passed A rainbow spread out across the promise land She knew in her heart she wasn’t alone She laughed out loud and said “I’m finally home.” Nashville Tonight
  • Sandy Kastel - Author
    Sandy Kastel - Author "I woke up one morning and realized 'My life has been a series of detours' and I began writing my song and the chapter for Life Choices at the same time'" Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths/Detours
  • Sandy Kastel - Philanthropist
    Sandy Kastel - Philanthropist "Sometimes you take a detour on the way to where you go. Wondering which way you're going to turn when you get to the end of the road." Detours
  • Sandy Kastel - Songwriter
    Sandy Kastel - Songwriter "...She asked for a sign from God up above “Please help me understand this 'thing called love' The Music started playing on the radio Haggert started singing, 'That’s the way love goes...'" Nashville Tonight
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Finding Inspiration: Delve into your Dreams
by Sandy Kastel

I always keep a pen and notebook by my bed so when I wake up in the morning to write down my dreams. I find them a great resource for ideas. Here’s one example.

“I am on stage with Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox. We are rehearsing for a show and Brad Pitt runs into the theater, up the aisle and jumps on stage. ‘Do you need anything from the store?’ He picks me up like I’m a rag doll and swings me around planting a big kiss on my lips. My face must be burning red because I can hardly breath! I look into his baby blues and melt when Tina brings me back to reality, ‘Alright, that's enough, you, two! I have to wait till I get home to get any.’ Brad grins and my knees go weak.’”

In this dream there is enough information for the start of a story. In this case my ‘story’ is being told in first person with a specific setting, public figures (whose names would be changed) and a love interest. Let’s continue…

“Reba pokes her head in from upstage. Her hair has grown out and she's wearing a top from her new line. "What's shaking, ladies? We gonna have some fun tonight?" Aretha leans back relaxing in her favorite red leather chair. ‘We've got all the basics covered. All we need to know is when you and Dolly are going to bring out the big guns.’ In walks Dolly from stage right, her arms full of freshly baked goodies as we rush to help her. Once we settle in the green room, she looks around for the director’s chair. ‘Well, how y'all doin'? I made my favorite recipe for double chocolate chip cookies. I sure hope you love eatin’ 'em as much as I love makin' 'em.’ The table is dwarfed by the platters and bowls full of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and chocolate chip cookies. ‘This is my momma’s recipe for fried chicken. And honest to goodness, it’s the best fried chicken North of the Mason Dixon Line’. As everyone gathers around the table she throws her hands up in the air. ‘I may have overdone it a little, but I wanted to make sure you girls had a good home-cooked meal tonight. Now, who wants to say grace?’”

The characters have already begun to develop as the roles they play in the story. Dreams are a hotbed of ideas when you pay attention. Even if you are not planning to write a story about the characters in your dreams, there may be elements that might be mined from the texture woven into your subconscious while you are sleeping. What is it they say? If you drill a ton of ore, you might find an ounce of gold? If you can find one special nugget of a story you can build upon to entice your readers you will have a gold mine! The important thing is to use the tool. It’s a gift, if you choose to use it.

Sandy Kastel, Author Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths

Meet Sandy

Sandy Kastel, one of Las Vegas’s favorite hometown performers, a proud “adopted daughter” of the Hoosier State and a familiar face in Nashville songwriting circles, knows all about the impact of life choices.

A singer and Miss Nevada title-holder in the Miss America Pageant, her life has been a series of detours, taking her on an incredible journey leading up to a career as an artist, clothing designer, singer, songwriter, publisher, producer, and playwright.

In 2007, Sandy released two albums of pop and jazz standards, Only In Las Vegas: The Event and This Time Around.  The acclaim she received for these efforts convinced her it was time to show how strong her country roots are by tapping into them.

Drawing on her rich heritage and years in the spotlight, Kastel (rhymes with pastel) has just released her first country album and penned six of the album’s 12 songs, including the title cut and first single, Indiana Rain.

To Kastel’s other achievements, we can add that of motivational speaker and author. She contributed to Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths, a collection of inspirational stories published earlier this year.

Sandy has written articles for local magazines, promotional papers and online publications, and currently has two books scheduled for 2011.

In the first of these books, Sandy reveals to the reader the information she has been sharing with women for years, drawing from her own life journey, experiences and practices and translating them into an easy to digest, simple to follow "how to" book and journal, exploring her insights and examining the tools available to us When Life Takes a Detour.

In Miss America: What It Takes to Win the Crown, Sandy takes the readers on the road to Miss America, introducing them to the world of pageants, the dreams, the benefits, the reality, and the necessary tools to win the Crown.

As an artist and a business woman, Sandy understands the struggle of balancing the roles of organizer, housekeeper, provider and business person with the impulsive nature of a free-spirited creative soul, who has sudden insights that won't be ignored, wants no imposed boundaries, gets confused by the passage of time and doesn't understand the concept of quitting and how the challenges of finding the supportive spouse who is willing or able  to endure the ever-changing, never a dull moment, full of surprises, high energy, roller-coaster lifestyle of the always in the lime-light, center of attention artist personality.

Because she is a passionate pursuer of her own dreams, Sandy encourages others to follow their hearts and to believe in themselves and is constantly looking for opportunities to include others in her projects.

Sandy created Women in Music and Art (WIMA), a means to showcase the ever changing landscape in the Music and Arts Community affected by the female influence.

 

who understands the necessity of supporting along with the basic needs of making money as a means of supporting oneself, the passage of time, the structure of a relationship and demands of a family.

the organized,

art with the business side of promoting and making a living selling art,

 

 

An artist ans songwriter Sandy is a longtime member of NSAI, the National Association of Songwriters, the Recording Academy, Grammy 365, BMI, CMA the Country Music Association.

Sandy provides her talents for numerous charities including the Jerry Lewis Telethon, Children’s Miracle Network, Disabled Veterans, Safe Nest, Policemen, Firefighters, Public Broadcasting and Public Radio, National Hot Rod Association’s DRAW, Save the Wild Horses, and the Omni-Equus Foundation.

which she dedicates to those lost while serving our country in the armed services.

She declares her independence in “Don’t Tell Me” and blows past every obstacle the road can hurl at her in “Nashville Tonight.”  Kastel’s live performance chops come through when she lets the musicians take turns jamming in her bouncy tribute to the Classic ’57 Chevy—and the guys attracted to them  “Curve Appeal,”   She again shows her playful side in “Rope Me A Cowboy” but settles down for some serious spirit-boosting in “Detour." In “Indiana Rain,” she probes the pain of separation and loneliness as a young woman tries to cope after losing her husband in the war.

Sandy Kastel is available for celebrity appearances, corporate appearances, personal appearances, casino appearances, tradeshow appearances, convention appearances, celebrity golf tournaments, sports camps, coaching clinics, corporate sales meetings, autograph signings, endorsement deals, website endorsements, television commercials, radio commercials, store grand openings, VIP Meet & Greets, new product launch campaigns, spokesperson campaigns and speaking engagements.

Book Sandy Kastel to meet and mingle with your best corporate clients, friends and business associates. Contact our celebrity agents to find out about Sandy Kastel booking fees and cost, availability and upcoming appearance schedule.

 

 

Sandy Kastel Motivational Speaker

Sandy Kastel knows all about the impact of life choices. A singer and Miss Nevada title-holder in the Miss America Pageant, her life has been a series of detours, taking her on an incredible journey and careers as an artist, clothing designer, singer, songwriter, publisher, producer, and playwright.


As a role model for women, Sandy is giving seminars and working one-on-one, reaching out to young women in pageants, young mothers, career women and empty-nesters; women from all walks of life in various stages of discovery and exploration. Drawing from her own experience, Sandy Kastel has created a dynamic program in which she shares the Key to Discovering the Road to Your Destination.


As a recording artist and performer, Sandy understands the dedication it takes to Be the Best You Can Be. In her workshops women are given the necessary tools for putting their best foot forward in all situations. She incorporates the same techniques she learned as a model, actress, performer and contestant in the Miss America Program, knowing the importance of presenting confidence, grace, elegance and natural beauty from the inside out.


As an author, Sandy joined Judi Moreo and twenty-four other authors in the powerfully inspirational book Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths, a collection of stories reminding us the choices we make every day determine the course of our lives.  Sandy's positive outlook on life is infectious, as she shares her enthusiasm with those around her in an effort to help others do the same, striving every day to learn from the challenges of life and go forward toward her goals.


For more information on Sandy Kastel Seminars call 1-800-951-9411.

 


Question and Answer with Sandy
1. Did you choose the speaking profession or did it choose you?
I feel that the speaking profession has chosen me. Since I was four years old I have been performing in front of audiences in talent shows, plays, musicals, conventions, on the radio, television and in public; as an actress, speaker, singer, songwriter and as a teacher.

2. When and how did you 'know' you were a speaker?
I knew I was a speaker at twelve years old when I got up on stage for the Jerry Lewis Telethon with Sammy Davis, Jr. and spoke about giving to others so that they may have the opportunity to help themselves.

3. What are the biggest surprises you've encountered? (as a speaker)
The biggest surprises I have encountered as a speaker are the lessons I have learned as a result of the interaction between my audiences.

4. What is your proudest speaker moment?
My proudest moment as a speaker was when a young woman came up to me and told me that my story inspired her.

5. What was your worst speaking experience?
My worst speaking experience was when one of my bracelets flew off during a show and hit a man in the forehead who was sitting in the front row. I immediately asked if he was alright, then called out for someone to "Bring this man a drink". I was told later that the audience thought it was part of the show, because I didn't skip a beat.

6. What's your favorite self marketing idea?
My favorite self marketing idea is my smile, my optimistic attitude and being prepared at all times to introduce myself even when I am not dressed for business, at the grocery store or at the gym. I feel it is important to always be courteous and friendly to people.

7. What business challenges have you faced as a speaker?
The biggest challenges I have faced as a speaker are 1. when the location for the event is changed and I am not notified, 2. when the weather is not cooperating and 3. when there is a heckler in the audience. I have found it is best to be prepared for these situations so that when they occur I am ready to deal with them.

8. Who was your role model or inspiration?
My first role models were my parents, both who had been in show biz. My father is a musician and I learned the importance of keeping my instrument in shape at all times by practicing daily. My mother was a singer and dancer and supported my interest in performing. I had many teachers who inspired me as I was growing up. My fourth grade English teacher, Mrs. Trent, who recognized my ability to 'tell a good story'; my high school political science teacher, Mr. Cook, who taught me the importance of knowing the facts when debating; my acting teachers in college, Joan Snyder, Bob Burgan, Dr. Harris and Dr. Crawford, who instilled the tools for preparing me to speak onstage in front of an audience. Judi Moreo, who first taught me the basics of modeling, grooming and fashion and who has been my mentor at various times in the past, has once again entered my life to guide me in putting my thoughts and experiences down in a book and taking my speaking career one step further.

9. What's the best advice you were given about speaking?
The best advice I have been given about speaking is to 1. Know your topic, 2. Be prepared, 3. Arrive ahead of time to set up your products, 4. Dress accordingly for the event and 5. Expect the unexpected.

10. What words of wisdom would you share with a new speaker?
The main thing about becoming a speaker is to be passionate about your subject. Once a person makes the decision to share their knowledge with others, they must be prepared to perfect their tools of presenting the material in a clear and precise manner and to have products available for their audience to purchase at the end of the event.

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Sandy Kastel and Friends TV Show!

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Sandy Kastel and Friends TV Show
Features Entertainment and Interviews with
Artists | Performers | Authors | Celebrities
"Cooking with Chef Michael"
"Fit and Fabulous Forever" and More...
 
Sandy Kastel and Friends TV Show Schedule

TV | CABLE
Sat. & Sun. 8:30 AM        TV 31.2 & 47.8       
Sat. & Sun. 9:00 AM         KEEN TV 17 (17.1) & TV 31.2
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Sat. & Sun. 12:00 PM (noon)    KEEN-17 TV (17.1) & TV 31.2
Sat. $ Sun. 12:30 PM        TV 47.6
Sat. & Sun. 12:00 AM (mid)         Retro TV 47.4 & Prism 24   

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Join me here to "Stay Fit and Fabulous Forever" where we will explore fashion, beauty and health tips with local experts to help you achieve your goals.

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Here are a few of the healthy places I visit during the week. Call them for their class schedules and tell them "Sandy Kastel sent me.":

Backstage Dance Studio with instructor Angelo Moio.

3425 Backstage Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Near the intersection of Backstage Blvd and Anthony Dr
(702) 547-1040

Call 702-457-7310

Sherry Goldstein's Yoga Sanctuary.

Yoga Sanctuary
http://www.lasvegasyoga.com

East Side Studio
9480 S. Eastern #252
Las Vegas, NV 89123
702-407-0043

West Side Studio
7915 West Sahara #101
Las Vegas, NV 89117
702-240-7666

Call for their class schedule.