Natasha Miller holds a phone close to ear, eyes closed, as she listens intently. It is only when she starts dancing that it becomes clear she’s not in the middle of a conversation at all. She is reviewing an audio file from one of the many musical talents that she represents. Miller, the CEO of Entire Productions, is in the business of events and she is frequently the first person event planners call to find performers for events. She’s also one of the first people America’s Got Talent producers call when they’re looking for contestants. “Listen to this!” Miller says as she hits the speakerphone function on her iPhone. It lets loose the sound of a male voice singing unfamiliar lyrics. The vocalist’s sound is clear yet hoarse, as if run through a Joe Cocker filter to add a patina of late nights, whisky and cigarettes. “It’s Tim Hockenberry. He’s writing new songs for his next album. These lyrics are from a conversation we had just yesterday.” Miller laughs and shakes her head as if in amazement. “He’s so talented.” However, even the most talented artists still needs help. Miller recommended Hockenberry to America’s Got Talent in the 2012 season of the show where he reached the semi-final round. The exposure was a huge boon for Hockenberry, who had put his music career on the back burner while he helped raise his family. But at the age of 52, Hockenberry is at a disadvantage. Miller is cautiously optimistic about Hockenberry’s future. “Tim’s window for the ‘big time is now.” He could have a good career playing at the venues he does now. Or he could put out new music and start touring.” The lively Miller is currently putting together a schedule of Hockenberry shows at West Coast symphony halls. She has Hockenberry booked at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on October 25-26. Miller clearly understands the importance of giving. “People have reached out to help me even when it did not benefit them at all. I can’t imagine how my life would have turned out otherwise.” Miller’s life appears to be one of posh privilege. She lives in a high-rise just steps from her office in Union Square. Her closet is filled with dresses for the galas that fill her calendar. In 2000, Miller started her own company, Entire Productions through which she has been booking musical talent for events throughout the world. “Entire” is an accurate description of the services that Miller provides which include providing entertainment, lighting, sound and staging for social and corporate events. In spite of her success, Miller warns against judging artists by their album covers and recalls how her early years were not that great. “I used to be homeless. I couldn’t take living at home anymore. My mother was abusive and one night she chased me around with a knife and threatened to kill me. After that I knew I couldn’t stay so I moved into a homeless shelter.” Miller was 16 at the time, living in Iowa where she had a big extended family but no one wanted to get involved. “The only thing that kept me going was my music. A lot of my stuff was stolen at the shelter so I slept with my violin.” Miller learned to play the violin at her elementary school where her music teacher declared her gifted and encouraged Miller to practice after school. With this support, Miller advanced rapidly. She joined the youth orchestra where her performances got her noticed by the music department at Iowa State University. “The music professors worked with me on their own time. They said they saw something in me and wanted to help. They knew I would never get that kind of support from home.” She credits the teachers with saving her life by giving her the support she needed. As soon as she could, Miller moved West and ended up in San Francisco where she worked as a violinist and a jazz vocalist. She initially managed her own bookings and then started to help other musicians. She soon realized that she was very good at the corporate side of the music business. She even started a label, Poignant Records. Miller says she was meant to be in a place and position where she could also support musicians and pay back the generosity of spirit she’s experienced over the years. She says she wants to see artists that break the mold succeed and finding success against the odds is her specialty.