Ep. 18 Tamara Bubble (Singer/Rapper/Music Licensing)

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A true “working” sniger in every sense of the word. Singer/rapper and CPA Tamara Bubble is killing it in the music licensing game. We chat about her journey into music, what making it means to her, and how her day job helps her focus on her music. Tamara and I met in Cathy Heller’s Access Music Licensing Course and in less than a year Tamara was already speaking on music supervisor panels, had seven of her song licensed on BET’s Hustle in Brooklyn, and synced a song on the trailer for the HULU original “Shrill.” If you want to get your music licensed in music and television, you need to hear this interview.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. There are so many ways to get to that music to a supervisor.
  2. There is enough room for everybody. There’s no need to compete.
  3. You will know that you’re networking when you can get someone to open the email, add you to a brief or talk to you about stuff outside of their work.
  4. Even if you have the right song you still have to build genuinely with the people and that’s as unique as the music you make.
  5. Make it your business to be helpful before others need you.
  6. Have a day job that will afford you the chance to invest time and money in your music.
  7. With rejection you start to find who needs what you have.
  8. Come out of the gate showing that you know the business.
  9. You have to be unique and professional.

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Ep. 17 Laura Jane (Enrique Iglesias, Teena Marie, Aerosmith)

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Laura Jane opens up about how her gig with Enrique Iglesias almost didn’t happen, the balance between being a singer for hire and being an artist, and what she learned working with the late great Teena Marie. She also discusses mentoring young artists and her upcoming workshops.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Your inner voice is always going to guide you in the right direction. It’s up to you to listen.
  2. You have to be willing to take a risk.
  3. Find a good mentor.
  4. There is value to singing background. It is a skill. It is an art form.
  5. Be of the community, help and serve people.
  6. Learn your craft.
  7. Be the best you can be. Be the best person on the gig. Be the best songwriter that you can be. Be the best at what you do.

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Ep. 16 Veronica Puleo (The Replicas Music & Production Agency)

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Veronica Puleo co-owner of The Replicas Music in Los Angeles discusses how she started her five star music and production agency, generates business, nurtures relationships, and what her criteria is for hiring singers and musicians. We also touch upon what is pro behavior at gigs and why your agency should have a strong contract with a client.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You need to be a chameleon and know a lot of different styles.
  2. If you’re going to work with a corporate band, learn the melody of the song. Don’t improvise. Don’t step on anyone’s part.
  3. Do your homework.
  4. Every note has a home. Find that home for it, place it, and call it a day.
  5. Always know that there’s plenty of work out there for those of us that work our asses off.
  6. Stay persistent. Don’t ever think for a minute, I can’t do this. And if you do, find a really good friend to talk you off that ledge.
  7. We have to be extremely careful of getting down and negative about the rejections.
  8. Stay strong in your intention.
  9. You, as a singer, are your own business.

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Ep. 15 Gerald White (Avatar, The Simpsons, Glee)

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Gerald White is one of the most successful and in demand studio singers and vocal coaches in Los Angeles. You’ve heard his voice on Glee, Toy Story 3, The Simpsons and Avatar, just to name a few. He chats about how advice he almost didn’t follow lead to his thriving career as a session singer, his popular sight singing workshop at the SAG-AFTRA building, and his philosophy on the value of being a teacher.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Say yes to every opportunity that comes along even though it may not be the exact thing that you want to do.
  2. The demo is worthwhile only after you’ve met the person that you need to meet. The best demo is really short and it has to be what you do the very best. Don’t stray far from from the style that you do.
  3. Assume that the person listening to your demo is going to get through 20 or 30 seconds. They make up their mind really fast.
  4. You have to get out and sing in every group that you can possibly sing in. You have to be seen. You have to be known. You have to be out there doing your craft.
  5. It’s rare that someone just hires someone out of the blue. They will vet you. Are you out there hiking your craft, are you dependable, do you show up on time, are you fun to hang out with.  
  6. Vocal contractors want to know who the new talent is.
  7. The voice is an extension of everything that’s going on in your life.
  8. Don’t burn bridges.
  9. You have to be wise about what you say, and how you treat people.

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Ep. 14 Genevieve Goings (Disney, Choo Choo Soul, Children’s Music)

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Genevieve Goings chats about navigating the world of children’s music, the importance of singers being able to record themselves, and having a basic understand of engineering.

Genevieve is one of the most recognizable voices in Children’s Entertainment. With over a decade as the star of Disney Junior’s “Choo Choo Soul;” an upbeat, urban music video show, Genevieve’s career has grown and is now reaching a second generation of fans. Combined views of content featuring Genevieve on Youtube has surpassed 250 Million views, and in 2017 she earned a Grammy Nomination for her work writing Children’s Music.

She has toured the US and Canada continuously over the past 13 years and has also been invited twice by First Lady Michelle Obama to read with her at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2015 and 2016.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Have the capability to record yourself.
  2. Try a bunch of different styles. Narrowing down what you do want to do and what you don’t want to do is good to know. It’s important to be honest with yourself.
  3. The money will come. Don’t worry about getting paid too soon. When the paying job comes, you know you walk in seasoned and you know what to do.
  4. It’s about preparing yourself for the bigger opportunities, because you’re learning all the time.
  5. Get a demo of yourself singing that is professionally recorded and mixed pretty well and is a nice capture of what you do best.
  6. Keep learning so you can be the one that can make stuff happen. The more you can do on your own the better.
  7. Having a comprehension of what it takes to record songs will be really beneficial.
  8. No amount of money can make you famous.
  9. If something seems weird or unfair, it’s worth talking to your songwriting community about it.

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Bonus Episode! – Felice Hernandez (Empowered Singer Workshop Series)

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Felice Hernandez chats about the Empowered Singer Workshops Series held in Los Angeles. The series offers a supportive environment for singers to enrich their skills with workshops like Career and the Authentic Self, Percussion for Singers, Cover Band 101, Harmony at Play, Social Media Marketing, Get Paid: Negotiations & Contracts, Movement for Singers and more.

All workshops are held at the Epiphany Space 1763 N Gower Los Angeles, CA 90028. To reserve your spot follow “Empowered Singer Workshops” on Facebook. Visit www.empoweredsingerworkshops.com for more information.

For inquiries email Felice.schaeffer@gmail.com or celia@celiachavez.com.

MENTIONS:

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Ep. 13 Pat Whiteman (Amanda McBroom, Carol Hall, Musical Performance Workshop)

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Cabaret artist Pat Whiteman (Amanda McBroom, Carol Hall, Musical Performance Workshop) reveals what finally made her trust her life and take the leap and into being a full time singer. She also gives her insights on why workshops are important for an artist’s growth, her own process for developing her shows, and her observations on reality singing competitions.

Pat has performed in musical theater, teaches and coaches, is a voice over artist and has sung on several national jingles. Pat became an instructor at the Department of Entertainment Studies at UCLA Extension teaching its Finding Your Voice Workshop and currently teaches her own Musical Performance Workshop, Pat has also performed her show at the metropolitan room in NYC to rave reviews.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You have to find your tribe.
  2. There are so many paths to your journey and sometimes it just take you a little bit longer because of that.
  3. Give yourself that time and everything will fall into place. You’ll find your workshop, you’ll find your class you can take where you’ll meet other singers, and performers and then it’ll move from there.
  4. Being brave enough to try and stretch is the work of the artist.
  5. Most singers have earned their voices.
  6. Open mics are a great forum to get better and try new things.
  7. Just because the audience is polite or quiet doesn’t mean that they’re not liking it.

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Ep. 12 Felice Hernandez (Neil Young, Josh Groban, Michael McDonald)

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Felice Hernandez chats about her Empowered Singer Workshop series, being authentic as an artist, choosing the right gigs for you, and why you should always put your best foot forward.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Put together a demo with you singing lead and doing your best work.
  2. In the singing world, what people are looking for is all over the place. Don’t try to be what you think they want you to be. Do what you do well. If you’re faking it, it’ll be obvious and there’s somebody else out there authentic who does it right.
  3. Don’t half ass anything. Take yourself seriously.  
  4. Singers hire other singers. They either will refer someone who does what they do because they’re not available or they refer someone who kills it in an area they don’t.
  5. You should always work to be better.
  6. We all have our own thing to offer. There are so many opportunities to make money in this industry, but you’ve got to know what’s right for you.
  7. Effort and commitment are a big deal.
  8. When work is slow that’s when you go to a place of gratitude.
  9. Be sure to give and provide opportunities for others.

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Ep. 11 Jamie Chamberlin (Stewart Copeland, LA Opera, “Forever Marilyn”)

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Can you separate the singing voice from the human being? What is the connection between trauma we experience in life and our singing voice? In this episode, Jamie Chamberlin speaks candidly about these subjects. She also discusses her work with Stewart Copeland (The Police), her relationship with her inner critic, body shaming in the music industry, the emotional toll of having a vocal injury, and much more.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The voice and the mental state are very closely connected.
  2. In opera it’s not so much about the size of the voice as it is about the resonance and how it carries.
  3. Singing is athletic. It requires muscle coordination.
  4. If there’s genuine talent, ability, and there’s a strong work ethic you should be able to forge your own path.
  5. It simply isn’t about the work, we have to take care of ourselves.
  6. We are all dealing with some level of trauma and it does show up in the voice.
  7. You can’t separate the voice from the human.
  8. Your voice wants to be free.
  9. Let’s find a way to use our intuition and empathy in a way that helps up rather than hurts us.

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Ep. 10 Connor Smith (DCapella, Disney, Session Singer)

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What if you had to choose between embracing your true self and having the career you spent years building? Los Angeles-based performer, studio vocalist, arranger and composer, Connor Smith answers this question, discusses getting work as a session singer in Los Angeles, and what it means to have his compositions published.

As a touring artist and vocal director, Connor has performed throughout all of the United States and is regularly seen in live shows at the Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. In 2016, Connor traveled to Beijing, China, winning the Hope International Music Festival. As an in-demand Los Angeles session singer, Connor’s voice can be heard on film scores, television shows, albums, Disney Recordings®, live production shows and more. An avid a cappella vocalist, Connor was selected to be an original member of “DCappella”, Disney’s  critically-acclaimed a cappella group, with the group’s debut album being released via Walt Disney Records.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Publishing is a tough game unless you have an enormous library of published music.
  2. The session singer world is definitely split between readers and non-readers who sing by ear, but are definitely quick (to learn parts).
  3. Not every session singer can sight read, but it opens up more doors if you do.
  4. You’ve got to be on your toes to sing with people you might not know very well and sing music you’ve never heard before. The people signing your check want it to go quick.
  5. You have to be good at what you do.
  6. If you’re new to the session singer world, you’re starting at the bottom of the call list.
  7. A good demo reel is under two minutes long and shows off your voice, your strong suites, genres you can sing in and the different colors of your voice.
  8. If you want to do voice over and demo work, it’s crucial in this day and age to have your own home studio setup. It can be very very simple.
  9. Ask questions, be aware and observant. Watch the other people’s process.
  10. Dreams and passions are so crucial to our own well being, our spirit, and our quality of life.

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