Dianne Bischoff James - Ear Prompter Proficient Commercial, Industrial and Theatre Actress Based in Chicago, Illinois

About Dianne Bischoff James

Award-winning Author  Actor  Entrepreneur

Dianne Bischoff James 

Dianne Bischoff James is an award-winning author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur who specializes in life enhancing transformation. She is a dynamic midlife reinventionist who helps others recognize their own power and potential and an actor/performer who encourages audiences to create a reality that is prosperous, deliberate, and meaningful.  

 

 

I was a Prisoner of Promise

"I bought the fairytale and the lies about the American Dream. I fell for the whole thing, the stories of educated women who "break glass ceilings" during the day and come home at night to a prince in a giant mansion on the lake filled with joyous children and sixty-inch flat screen TVs. I created that fantasy and then crashed it to the ground. I didn't do it because I wanted to, I did it because on the inside, I was completely miserable. Rebuilding it, piece by painful piece and leaving no stone unturned, I risked everything to do what I came here to do. Today, I'm the enthusiastic poster child representing life's dichotomies: depressed to happy, size eighteen to size six, a physical weakling to a yogi, a corporate slave to a creative entrepreneur and author. Through this transformation, I fell in love with the human soul and became an advocate for igniting possibilities. It took me ten years to reboot, but now I'm exactly where I need to be: helping others chart a course to Live Their Everything."

A Traditional Path

Dianne graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications and has a B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University. In 1995, she launched Core Marketing Solutions, a branding consultancy located in Chicago and managed a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients including companies like GE Financial Assurance, Underwriter's Laboratories, Rockwell International, Trustmark Insurance and DuPont. Over the years, Core Marketing Solutions has received several Platinum and Gold MarCom Awards in honor of corporate branding excellence.

Taking Risks and Breaking Rules

She had been following the rules dictated by society, but despite tremendous business success, Dianne's soul grew restless. At forty, she embarked on a journey to find her heart and reignite a childhood passion for the dramatic arts. In 2003 she kicked off an acting career on the community theatre stage as Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music and over the course of eight years, became a SAG-AFTRA union actor with numerous film, television, commercial and industrial credits. At age 45, Dianne started writing The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. This memoir chronicles her private revolution, illustrating the details, anecdotes and metaphysical tactics used to unravel her seemingly traditional, yet unhappy life. The Real Brass Ring was published in 2013 by Red Wheel/Weiser and awarded an international bronze Living Now Book Award in honor of the year's best books for better living. 

 

In keeping with her entrepreneurial spirit, Dianne turned her energy toward inspiring and crafting tools to help creative midlifers do what they love. in 2012, Dianne established Live Your Everything, a sanctuary for midlife transformation to offer products, services and resources to support life reinvention and personal transformation. This includes ground-breaking workshops and e-courses which are being developed so that others can turn their quiet, passionate truths into reality.  

Now, Living Brave

At heart, Dianne is an adventurer and her life story is a myriad of wild experiences. In fact, most people call her crazy, but in a good way: crazy-fun, crazy-creative and crazy-driven. She believes there's an exception to every rule and her favorite question is, "What if...?". Her clearest thinking and best ideas come when she's not focused on anything in particular, like while driving in traffic or walking along the beach. Dianne currently resides in a suburb of Chicago with her three children and fiancé. She sings harmony to every song she hears and is a total foodie who enjoys hiking, boating, yoga, adventure sports, perusing art festivals and dancing to 80's cover bands.