Ep. 43 Believing For the Extraordinary, Winning Over Leukemia, & Working For joe Walsh with Leslie Page

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Leslie Page speaks candidly about her transformational experience with leukemia, healing past wounds, and touring with Joe Walsh.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The important thing for any artist is to know why we’re doing what we do. 
  2. Nothing until we’re off this planet can keep us from living our passion. 
  3. Don’t settle for what the diagnosis says is going to be the rest of your life. 
  4. There are so many incredible things that have happened because we just believe for more. Reach outside of what the world says and believe for something extraordinary because it is possible. 

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Ep. 42 The Harsh Reality of Singing on “Reality” TV with Maiya Skyes

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Maiya Sykes (Macy Gray, Rita Ora, Post Modern Jukebox) opens up about what she learned competing on “The Voice,” the vocational skills singers need to develop, and her thoughts on being a solid business person.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. What you think is success and what you think is failure depends on the eye of the beholder. 
  2. There’s no brass ring. There’s no one path. There’s a lot of switch ups to the path. You have to be adaptable. 
  3. Don’t forget the work. The work is important and it needs to be done. There’s no way to gloss over the work.

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Ep. 41 How To Create Longevity in Your Singing Career with Edie Lehmann Boddicker

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Our Working Singer this week is guest Edie Lehmann Boddicker who went from being a concert pianist to an in-demand session singer and now vocal contractor. Her voice can be heard in films like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Hidden Figures and has worked with iconic artists like Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna just to name a few. 

Edie discusses the importance of singing as a team sport, describes “horizontal listening,” what she looks for in the singers she hires, and what it takes to bring longevity into your singing career. 

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Be excellent and have fun being excellent. 
  2. Make everyone around you happy that you’re there. 
  3. To be prepared is very, very, very important. Your first job could snowball into multiple jobs. 
  4. Learn how to sight read and be very comfortable with that. Take sight reading lessons.  
  5. Meet other singers and hone your choral craft. 
  6. Longevity comes from how you are perceived as a team player and ongoing excellence in the performance of your craft.
  7. Put together a demo of your best work.

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Ep. 40 Shannon Curtis House Concerts, Viral Music Video, TedX Talk

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Our Working Singer podcast guest this week is singer/songwriter, Shannon Curtis. She has created a thriving music career performing donation based house concerts across the US for the past 8 years.

This is a deep dive into how to ask for what we need as artists, how to transform the scarcity mentality so many musicians live with, and how to create a thriving house concert circuit. 

We also discuss Shannon’s crowd sourced music video that led to her being invited to give a TedX Talk in 2015, and her book, “No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K on a 2-Month House Concert Tour (And How You Can Too).” This is a value packed episode you DO NOT want to miss!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. There are people in the world who want to support art that matters to them and if you can figure out a way to engage them in a way that is meaningful and ongoing in terms of developing community you can make art in a sustainable, fulfilling way. 
  2. Be able to identify and ask for what you need. 
  3. Give people an opportunity to be engaged in what you’re doing. People want to be part of the things in the world that matter to them. 
  4. Get to know your community. Spend time building relationships with people.

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Ep. 39 What You Don’t Expect When Teaching Music Overseas with Viva Vinson

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. If you want to sing then find opportunities to sing, find opportunities to study, find opportunities to jam, find opportunities to work on your craft. 
  2. If you want to teach, start where you can. 
  3. If you’re an educator, you’re always going to be a student. You’re always going to be a student teacher. You’re always going to need to learn how to communicate better. How to teach better. How to be more inspiring. It’s a journey. 
  4. It’s in the doing. We’re always waiting for that time to be “ready,” but we’re never “ready.” We have to overcome that and ride the wave of that insecurity and just go for it anyway. 
  5. There’s nothing wrong with preparation, but there comes a point where you just have to try and not wait to be perfect. 
  6. We’ve just got to be ourselves and we’ve got to celebrate ourselves everyday and just try a little bit harder and celebrate our wins and learn from our mistakes and keep moving. 

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Ep. 38 Valerie Giglio – A Singer’s Recovery From a Stroke

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In 2014, Boston based singer Valerie Giglio suffered from a debilitating stroke that rendered the left side of her body paralyzed and her singing voice nearly gone. Valerie discusses her the key to her recovery, how she maintained momentum, and how she rehabilitated her voice.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The key to recovery is starting right away. 
  2. There’s always room for improvement.
  3. Don’t give up. 
  4. Be willing to learn, try things, and commit yourself.

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Ep. 37 How to Start Your Own Successful Tribute Band with Michelle Tyler

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Michelle Tyler is the lead singer and founder two successful tribute bands for over a decade: “Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac” and “Bella Donna Tribute to Stevie Nicks.” Michelle gives insights on how she started her tributes, her strategies for keeping a full performance calendar, how to pull together stellar promo that will get catch a talent booker’s eye, and much more!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You have to be persistent. You have to know where being persistent and being a pest starts.  
  2. You need a good promo video, but it can’t be so highly edited that bookers can’t tell if you can really play. They need to see and hear what you really sound like. 
  3. You don’t want your promo video to be longer than five minutes.
  4. When putting together your website you have to think, “who am I doing this for. Is it primarily for my fan base or the booker?”
  5. Keep your website professional and simple. 
  6. Have a consistent group you always work with along with a backup plan. 
  7. Do it because you love doing it and if you’re good at it and you’ve got a good product you will make a difference and you can rise to the top. 

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BONUS Episode! How to Turn Your Blocks Into Action with Jenn August!

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I am so excited for you to hear my conversation with business coach and hypnotherapist Jenn August. We as singers are also small business owners and a strong mindset has to be at the foundation of what we do. It goes without saying that this business is tough and can take a serious toll on our well-being.  Jenn is a singer/songwriter herself, and with so much compassion and empathy, speaks to us about “fame shame,” how not to let ego can run away with spiritual mission, and how to turn our “blocks” into action. I LOVE this conversation and can’t wait for you to hear it!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. We teach what we most need to learn.
  2. Our deepest wound, our biggest pain, the shame, the thing we want to hide, the equal opposite of that is our gift. 
  3. Everybody has a different brain and it’s perfect how it is and part of it is learning how to use what we have. 
  4. Your resistance has wisdom. It’s asking you for something. 
  5. Once a structure is in place sometimes a block will clear because we have steps. 
  6. Money is an energy that wants to support you to do your mission.
  7. We can’t be so hungry that we don’t listen to what’s true. We have to be going for what we want to create and have people earn the opportunity to work with us. 

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Ep. 36 How To Release Your Perfectionist and Free Yourself with Susan Giosa

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Susan is an award-winning actress who has worked for over 30 years, and has been teaching acting for nearly 20. She holds a BA/MA degree in Drama/Theater and did most of her graduate work at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She trained for many years with renowned acting teacher, Larry Moss. Today we’ll talk about how to make your emotions available to you whether on stage or in an audition, how to allow ourselves to take risks as artists, and why perfectionism can be a downfall for creatives.

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SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You as an artist are unique and there is no other artist like you. 
  2. You are uniquely you. You are only competing with yourself to be the best that you can be. You can not compare yourself to other people. It’s a waste of your energy. It’s a waste of your time. 
  3. If you believe that your voice is valuable, you’re going to say something with your art. You’re going to say something that comes from you uniquely-your life experience-whether you’re writing a song or interpreting somebody else’s song. 
  4. Passion is the expression of feeling. It’s not what’s locked up inside. It’s that you can you express it. 
  5. Perfectionism is the downfall of many artists. 
  6. Fear of judgement is the only thing that blocks us. 
  7. We are passionate beings and passion can be heard in your voice, in your singing, and can be seen in your body. 
  8. Art is a gift of giving. 
  9. When we hold with our body we cannot feel. We have to think of feelings moving like breath through the body. When we’re holding anywhere the feeling can’t flow. Hence it can’t go in your voice. 
  10. You have to be truthful to who you are and you have to tell your truth and then you find your audience for it. 
  11. Look for good mentors, teachers, do physical things, don’t lie to yourself.

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Ep. 35 Mindy Pack (Vocal Coach, Justin Timberlake, Martina McBride)

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Working with artists like Justin Timberlake, Martina McBride, and Pharrell, Mindy Pack has a unique take on vocal mechanics. Mindy speaks candidly about her development as a coach, her past struggles with vocal health, her advice on choosing the right ENT, and what new voice teachers need to understand about teaching. 

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Singers are aural listeners. We need to be able to demonstrate what we’re asking our client to do in order for them to do it and experience it in their own bodies. 
  2. You have to get the function of the vocal cords right before the sound can come into place. 
  3. Singers need to advocate for downtime while on tour. 
  4. You have to train for a tour. You have to build up endurance. You have to set strict routines. You have to set in really strict vocal hygiene patterns. 
  5. You need to get hydration into your body at least 24 hours prior to the gig.
  6. As a singer, smoking is one of the worst things you can possibly do for your voice and your career. 
  7. Anytime you have surgery there’s a risk. Ask to talk to past patients. Find out what normal recovery is. Get referrals. Don’t just go by what you would read on yelp. Take a list of questions that you want to ask. 

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