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.
Dave Stroud is one of the most sought after vocal coaches around the world. Dave started his career wanting to be a singer himself, but found that his heart belonged with teaching. A few of the artists he has worked with in the past include: Natasha Bedingfield, Martina McBride, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, One Direction.
Internationally renowned, Dave has been asked to share his expertise through his master-classes around the world including Australia, Austria, Germany, France, the UK, Mexico, China, Singapore, Korea, and Japan, to name a few.
In this interview Dave chats about helping artists find their signature sound, what makes a good voice coach, and his upcoming vocal master class VocalizeU.
Dr. Reena Gupta, MD FACS is the director of the Division of Voice and Laryngology at Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She is board-certified in otolaryngology and fellowship-trained in Laryngology/Care of the Professional voice. Dr. Gupta specializes in the care of injuries that occur in singers, actors, and other professional voice users. She uses state-of-the art equipment and a carefully-trained ear to ensure accurate diagnosis is established. Treatment is tailored to the diagnosis, with care taken to be conservative and collaborative with the patient.
Mindy Pack is part of an incredible voice team in Salt Lake City with top ENT David Palmer, SLP and Vocologist Karin Titze Cox, and voice scientist and Vocologist Dr. Ingo Titze. Mindy holds a certificate in Clinical Vocology from The National Center for Voice and Speech. Mindy holds certificate in laryngeal manipulation. Mindy is the creator of one of the top Educational Apps called Voice Tutor.
Mindy has a full studio in Salt Lake City, Utah and students around the world via Skype or Face Time. Her studio has a roster or clients from the novice to the professional, all genre’s and styles, the injured or rehab voice, transgender, motivational speakers, and any other voice user seek out her help. Clients are in all genres and styles of music. Her clients have been seen on world tours, national Broadway tours, AMA’s, Grammy’s, Saturday Night Live, International Award shows, You Tube Sensations, College Scholarship Winners, Reality TV Shows, Cruise Lines, and local and national performances to name a few. She also just opened a studio in Los Angeles, CA.
Have a pre show routine where fifteen minutes before the show you have alone time and visualize your success. Don’t engage with any negative people in the room or otherwise. Get yourself in the headspace of success.
Look for a fellowship trained laryngologist who will do a rigid strobe during your examination.
Get your voice checked when you’re feeling good.
Vocal injuries happen with voice use in the context of illness, high stress, lack of sleep, or a reflux flare [just a few examples].
You only get hurt when you ignore symptoms and keep using your voice. It’s preventable and it’s not about technique.
It’s imperative for any professional voice user to check in with a voice coach regularly because they are an unbiased set of ears who, if they’re good, are going to be able to hear the subtle difference.
It’s better to be proactive than reactive.
Don’t be afraid of a diagnosis. Be empowered by it because now you know what you have, so you can tackle.
Knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have, the more power you have in your own voice and your own career.
Every singer’s voice is buildable.
Make sure you get a coach that understands your goals.
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.
Say yes to every opportunity that comes along even though it may not be the exact thing that you want to do.
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.
Assume that the person listening to your demo is going to get through 20 or 30 seconds. They make up their mind really fast.
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.
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.
Vocal contractors want to know who the new talent is.
The voice is an extension of everything that’s going on in your life.
Don’t burn bridges.
You have to be wise about what you say, and how you treat people.
Put together a demo with you singing lead and doing your best work.
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.
Don’t half ass anything. Take yourself seriously.
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.
You should always work to be better.
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.
Effort and commitment are a big deal.
When work is slow that’s when you go to a place of gratitude.
Be sure to give and provide opportunities for others.
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.
How do you go from working a day job as a legal assistant to spending almost two decades playing Janis Joplin on broadway? Kacee Clanton answers this question and more, revealing how she ended up on a Broadway stage, what she learned working with Joe Cocker, how she’s overcome stage fright, and techniques she uses to help her singing students to dig deeper in their own work.