I am so grateful that I have met so many amazing women. Andia Winslow is one of them. She is a graduate of Yale, a Professional Golfer, Master Certified Fitness Professional and Voice Over Artist. I am not sure there is anything that Andia cannot do. Her fitness photos make you want to get up and move. She is an inspiration to many women and we are honored to feature her as our Boss Profile today.
Name: Andia Winslow
Her 9-5: Voice Over Artist | Fitness Professional | Professional Golfer
Her website: AndiaWinslow.com
Location: Los Angeles | New York City
Yale alumna and Founder of The Fit Cycle, Andia Winslow is a Professional Golfer, Master Certified Fitness Professional, On-Air TV Personality, Voice Over Artist, National Parks Foundation Ambassador and contributor for the American Heart Association Go Red For Women campaign. Her innovative fitness and wellness efforts have been recognized globally, with features by CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, SXSW, ESPN, Cosmopolitan, Oxygen and Forbes recognizing her work as the “Smartest, Sexiest Workout Videos Ever.”
Andia was the first African American woman to ever compete in the Ivy League and in 2006 she became the fourth African American to ever compete in LPGA Tour History joining the distinguished ranks of tennis great Althea Gibson. An elite athlete, Andia trained with Olympic Hall of Fame Track & Field Coach Brooks Johnson and was invited to join the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in preparation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Heralded as one of the “Top Trainers in New York City,” she is committed to her work that encourages youth and adults to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Andia loves heavy beats and good riffs and works to inspire folks to harmonize their bodies with their environments.
What services does your business offer?
VOICE OVER is defined as “the voice of an unseen narrator speaking.” As a VO Actor, I voice TV commercials, radio spots, live events, telephone/voicemail systems, eLearning modules, animation, audiobooks, apps, promotional/web videos, documentaries and more!
MASTER CERTIFIED FITNESS PROFESSIONAL I coach private clients, small groups and massive events. As a fitness industry thought leader, I consult with major apparel brands, gym chains, boutique studios, industrial outlets (TV/magazines) and fitness equipment manufacturers on programming creation and implementation and product design ideation. In addition, I serve as a spokesperson and ambassador for broad scale campaigns, events, conferences, and initiatives.
GOLF PROFESSIONAL When not competing, I teach private clients of all ages, facilitate group clinics and present corporate golf workshops. Also, serve charitable organizations at fundraisers and on-course networking outings.
Why did you start this business?
I’ve been lucky to have been exposed to a high level of professional athleticism from a very early age. At age four, I watched my first NFL football game in person and decided that I wanted to grow up to be a Tight End just like my Uncle Kellen Winslow. Although that didn’t pan out, my grandfathers instilled in me a military and disciplined work and training ethic that grew into a career as a professional golfer and developmental athlete for USA Track & Field and the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Team.
Brooks Johnson, my own Olympic Hall of Fame sprinting coach, was instrumental in inspiring my love of marrying sport and science to assist humans to do what their bodies were built to do best—move! I’ve also been greatly inspired by working with Billie Jean King and the Women’s Sports Foundation to empower youth and adults around the world to maintain active and healthy lifestyles. I’m truly walking in my purpose!
Why did you enter into this industry?
As a pro athlete and filmmaker, I’ve always been inspired by movement. Movement of the human body — movement of images. Kinetic storytelling is what motivates me. In the past year, though, I’ve come to understand and harness the power of voice.
The tendency to talk to and answer myself aloud, and in character, led to the most useful birthday gift I’ve received in years: voice over lessons. Intrigued by the craft and committed to expanding my range, I listened to online demos, watched TV only to focus on the commercials and struck up conversations with strangers on the subway to hear accents and tone.
As a fitness professional and sports coach, I was also used to speaking on the mic, commanding attention and directing bodies and minds. Voice Over has become a perfect and natural fit.
What challenges did you face launching your business?
Seasonal consistency. And I’m not just talking about the weather! All of my streams of income revolve around what I’ll call a “luxury tax.” In essence, the services I provide to clients are a “luxury” to them. When times are tough (or budgets thin), they don’t need to –and won’t– spend the money.
What experiences did you learn from corporate America?
The wonders of automation and processes!
I start each morning in sync when:
– Text / Email / Call a different person every morning to say, “Hey, I think
you’re swell!” Started this tradition in 2010 when serving as caretaker for my
terminally ill grandfather. He once told me that the morning acknowledgment
helped him get through his most painful days and asked me to continue to reach
out and “acknowledge people” after his passing.
– Body Scan: starting from my toes and working all the way to my head, I flex,
hold (5 sec count) then release all the muscles in my body. The result is an
awesome surge of energy and mental clarity.
– Open Focus: a creative brain and technical brain synchrony drill that I use to
relax my mind and heart rate. I imagine the space between things in order to
open and make more diffuse my attention to start the day. This is training that
I used when competing as a professional athlete. We called it “mental
– I make my bed. Really! Every day making the literal bed that I lay in. It
signifies the commitment to taking responsibility for myself and all actions/
reactions throughout the day. I’d equate it to the Starter’s gun: On your mark,
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” ~ Jackie Robinson
“I’ll be there when you fall.” ~ Floor
3 Things in your purse you cannot live without:
I don’t carry a purse! But in my back pockets you’ll find:
-Cell Phone, obviously
-Little Red Book (for ideas/notes) + Pen
The adventure will be worth it!
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