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 Susan Giosa – How to Free your Emotional Core

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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.

MENTIONS:

www.susangiosa.com

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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Ep. 34 Bobbi Page (Vocal Contractor, Armageddon, Family Guy)

Vocal contractor and session singer Bobbi Page has been a fixture in the session singing world for many years. She’s been the vocal contractor on mega films like Aladdin, Armageddon, and The Nightmare Before Christmas and on television shows like Family Guy and American Dad. In this conversation you’ll learn how Bobbi became such a sought after session vocalist and vocal contractor, how she got through her some of her toughest sessions, what kind of singers she likes to hire. This is a packed episode you won’t want to miss!

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. There’s no room for prima donnas in session singing. It’s really a team sport.
  2. You should vocalize everyday. 
  3. Sing in a chorus of some sort on a weekly basis to keep your skills sharp. 
  4. The singers who are the most versatile with open personalities stay busy. 
  5. Learning to sing like a child is really important. 
  6. Singing in a group is a place to network. Continue to expand your spheres.
  7. Send your demo to contractors and get their opinions on what they think of your demo. Don’t put anything on your demo that you can’t really do well. 
  8. Be in touch, but not too much. 
  9. Showcases are a great place to be seen and heard.

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Ep. 33 Crystal Barron (Vocal Coach, MDH Breath Co-ordination, Laryngeal Massage)

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Crystal Barron is a vocal coach, MDH Breathing coordinator, trained in laryngeal massage, and mentor to new teachers. Crystal reveals how she overcame vocal health problems, how she challenged “teacher imposter syndrome,” and how our mindset affects our voices. 

She is also presenting her singer self-care workshop at our next Working Singer event on September 8th. 

We dive deep on this one! Don’t miss it!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. When we’re so focused on things outside our body we’re completely unaware of what’s happening inside our body. 
  2. Your body can either be your biggest advocate or your worst enemy when it comes to singing. 
  3. It all goes back to mind body breath and voice. 
  4. Every time you phonate you’re training yourself. You’re either reinforcing something that you want to change or you’re reinforcing something that you want to keep. 
  5. What comes out during performance is what you’ve done multiple times and what you’ve trained the body to do. 
  6. A new teacher will have to learn how to serve the student and how to read what the student needs as opposed to imposing their own experience on the student. 
  7. It’s super important for teachers to allow themselves to not be perfect. 

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Bonus Episode! – Movement for Singers with Carol Hatchett (Bette Midler, Sheila E.)

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On this bonus episode, Carol and I talk building your performance quality and value, connecting voice and body, creating a voice for yourself as a performer.  Carol offers all of this and more at her Movement for Singers Masterclass hosted by Empowered Singer Workshops.

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Ep. 32 Sheila Jordan (Charlie Parker, Blue Note Records, George Russell)

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On today’s brand new episode of The Working Singer podcast guest Sheila Jordan discusses keeping jazz music alive, her friendship with Charlie Parker, and being the first singer ever to be signed to the legendary Blue Note Records. At the age of ninety, Sheila has seen it all and with a full schedule of performing and teaching, is still one of the busiest jazz singers around. 

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You must learn the original melody of the tune before you can even think of doing anything with it. 
  2. Don’t force improv. Just let it happen. 
  3. You’ll never get lost if you learn the original melody.
  4. (On soloing/scatting) If you can’t say it in two choruses you’ll never say it. 
  5. Don’t give up.
  6. Learn the music.
  7. You don’t have to scat to be a jazz singer. 
  8. Tell your story.
  9. Only sing songs that you really like, that touch your heart, that you really can get into lyrically and otherwise. 

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Special thanks to Sheila for joining us this week!