When pushed, I generally describe myself as a maker-of-things. I write books, essays, stories, and everything in between. I make music, live and recorded, on a number of different instruments. I make black belts. And I also make software. But at the root of all of these things, I try to make the world a better place.
I'm interested in opportunities to share both my work and my skills. I'm open to speaking at conferences and teaching workshops about product management, making music, and martial arts, and would love to hear from you! The best way to get a hold of me is on Twitter (@elainecchao).
I've mentored dozens of young musicians (ages 15-30), primarily in a small group/band setting, helping them mature as musicians and as teams.
Over the past five years, I've focused on contemporary a cappella arrangements for collegiate and small mixed groups.
I have also played a number of pit orchestras and spent a decade writing for musical theatre. Though I do very little of this nowadays, I do consider this a part of my musical history and continue to seek opportunities to participate in the local musical theatre scene.
I'm open to teaching clinics, master classes, and may be open to doing more intense work, such as arranging.
Self-defense yongmudo is a contemporary Korean combination martial art that includes blocks, strikes, falls, throws, joint locks, and self-defense weapons, focusing on self-defense and blend between techniques.
I teach stunts to our students as a part of this work, but do not teach stunts to the general public due to safety concerns.
For advanced techniques, students must know how to fall safely.
I'd love to get in touch with you if you have a conference, blog, or are in the publishing business. I would also love to hear from you on Twitter, as I engage regularly with my community there.