Troy Byer is an expert in Mind, Body and Spiritual Empowerment. She specializes in stress reduction and emotion regulation. Troy is a best-selling author and she is currently completing a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Troy has coached and led workshops for thousands of people around the world, including working as a transformational leader on behalf of one of the largest organizations in the world.
Troy spent a good deal of her life as an actress and director, appearing on Sesame Street at age 4, had a starring role on the television show Dynasty in the 1980’s and went on to write and direct films for major Hollywood Studios such as Warner Brothers and LionsGate. Troy exchanged her career in show business for her true passion- teaching others how to identify and shift their limited and isolating beliefs.
Exposure Magazine: Congratulations on all of your success! Your career started on Sesame Street which we all loved growing up. What inspired you to get into the business at such a young age?
Troy Byer: My single mother was struggling to make ends meet and our neighbor, who at the time was a struggling dancer, suggested she take my brother and me to audition for a new PBS series called Sesame Street. My mother took us to the audition and my brother, and I booked the job. I have been in show business ever since. By the way, my neighbor who was a struggling dancer at that time – his name was Alvin Ailey – the infamous Alvin Alley. So I guess in many ways, he helped to get me started in the business.
Exposure Magazine: You were on one of the biggest TV shows “Dynasty” with Diahann Carroll. Did you ever feel fear or did you ever doubt yourself? If so how did you overcome that?
Troy Byer: I was terrified every step of the way with that show. I was terrified during the audition. After I had got the part, I was afraid of losing it. I never overcame my fears around that show. It was such a contradiction to my reality that it was hard to wrap my head around it. I grew up dirt poor and then, there I was playing the daughter of an uber wealthy woman who attended a fancy prep school in Switzerland. Truly, so far removed from my reality at that time.
Exposure Magazine: Did you have mentors when you started in the business? If so what did they teach you and do feel it is important to have mentors?
Troy Byer: No, I did not, and I regret that. I have only ever looked up to God. I did not know, at the time, that Mentors were God’s Angels.
Exposure Magazine: You went from being an actress to a director/film creator, and now you’re an author and transformational (inspirational) coach. Was it difficult to change careers when, so many tell us to stay in our lane? How important do you feel it is to continuously evolve?
Troy Byer: That’s a great question. I never intended to change lanes. I always intended to follow my heart. My heart’s interests are eclectic and often inconsistent with the other. Now that I am teaching HeartMath and I am a certified trainer, I understand the importance of my life path and my commitment to following my heart. I have always said, I don’t work, I simply do what I love, and some times I get paid for it.
Exposure Magazine: You’ve given many people opportunities to get their start in Hollywood. Why do you feel it’s important to help others?
Troy Byer: I am an opportunity presenter – that’s all. If there is an opportunity available, I scan my world to see who the best match for that opportunity might be. There is nothing I love more than helping others turn their dreams into reality. Unfortunately, I have learned that some people are naturally comfortable being dreamers – they don’t want to wake up and experience their dream as a reality. That makes me very sad, but I am learning to truly respect everyone’s journey whether I am aligned with it or not – LOL!
Exposure Magazine: Congratulations on the upcoming release of your book video “Ex Free.” Tell me about it? What will the viewer take away from the video book?
Troy Byer: As a film maker, author, clinical psychology doctoral candidate, actress and inspirational coach, I have always wanted to find a way to merge these passions. The books on video (aka Talkinars) that I am creating allow me to do exactly that. The first book of my “HOW TO” (Talkinar series) is a resurrection of “Ex-Free” , a book I wrote years ago. These Talkinars are one-hour videos of me bringing one of my books to life with the use of great images and mood appropriate music by Paul Hovermille and Lisa Paterson. Some chapters I read out loud, other chapters I paraphrase. It is a great way for avid readers and video watchers to ingest information in a fun, informative and inspirational way.
Exposure Magazine: What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue their dreams but feel they can’t do it?
Troy Byer: I don’t believe in can’t. I believe in won’t. I would be very interested in understanding why an individual “won’t” pursue his or her dream. The truth is, some people are down right terrified of success and failure. My coaching is always to simply remember why you have the dream and let the “why” carry you the distance. I have failed so many times at so many things that I have decided to turn my failures into stepping stones instead of stumbling stones.
Exposure Magazine: Troy thank you for your time and amazing advice for our readers! We wish you success in everything you do!!!
For more information on Troy Byer you can visit her website www.TroyByer.com and her instagram page is @troybyer