Do you dread that moment during dinner with friends or family when the conversation turns to you and you get that inevitable question “So……how’s the singing going? What’s happening with your music?” . . . . .And you feel yourself contract cause you’ve got nothing impressive on the horizon. . . . . .And you’re so tired of trying to answer that question without judging yourself as a complete failure. When you look back at the last year of your singing career only to realize that you’re not any closer to where you want to be, it’s time to get clear on what you can do to finally see the results you want. If this is you then I want to invite you to check out last week’s Live, where I guide you through a really powerful exercise to spark intention and change in your voice and career in 2021. For those of you who are committed to making an impact in 2021 and finally seeing the results of all you have been working for, this is THE place to start.
There’s some powerful jet fuel for your voice and career that most singers are not aware of. As we come to the end of the year, I really want to set you up to win in 2021. It looks like there will be a vaccine, the virus will be on its way out, and we will all be able to get back out there performing/auditioning/touring again at some point in 2021. Are you ready?? Imagine being able to make a bigger impact with your voice and having a higher level career than before this whole Covid mess started. It’s totally possible. . . .IF you’ve got the right fuel in your rocket. Please join me for a special Free, Live Masterclass this Sunday, Dec 13th at 3pm PST / 6pm EST: THE 5 SHIFTS to Give Impactful Performances that Win Auditions, Sell Out Tours, Make Award Winning Albums and Build Big, Sustainable Singing Careers In This Free Masterclass You’ll Discover. . . . The step-by-step strategy my singers use to access a higher level of technique, artistry and performance that builds big, sustainable careers without practicing any more than they do right now. The real reason why traditional
How many of you have felt instances over the last few months where your voice just doesn’t feel “right” or “the same” but you weren’t sick or having allergies and your teacher is telling you that your technique is fine? The culprit could likely be air quality. This has been a rough year for many of us when it comes to air quality because of the massive fires that have affected large parts of the western United States. Even if you don’t live in the immediate area where the fire is burning, wind patterns can cause smoke and particulate matter into your area and you may have been affected. Even as we speak, Southern California is facing another massive fire and I’m hearing significantly more complaints from singers noticing things like loss of vocal range, increased phlegm and hoarseness. If you’re thinking that you might be affected and wondering how smoke from fires and air pollution affects your voice, I wanted to pass along a great article from Dr. Rena Gupta at the Center For Vocal Health. Dr. Gupta shares some really cool videos and images that show you what happens to cords and how their functioning can be impeded
Here’s a little truth bomb to light a firecracker under your behind today: The happiest people in the world don’t wait for permission to create the life they desire…they just do it. We’ve all heard the now overused phrase “unprecedented times“….and yes it’s true, these are. But in order to be fulfilled we must ask ourselves: How do we find unprecedented opportunity and achieve unprecedented results in unprecedented times? What if the answer was right here within you? What if all it required were a choice? Normally, right now you would be in the middle of audition season, setting up holiday gigs, or booking a spring tour. You’d be singing at your church gigs or in final dress rehearsals of a new show as the fall season of all the opera companies and broadway companies gets underway. You might be collaborating with cowriters, in the studio with session musicians, or performing at open mics around town. But in this new normal, it’s hard to do anything the way we used to. There are those who will wait for things to return to “normal” – who will hunker down and put their goals/dreams on ice while they wait for this to
How fast can you take your singing from where it is now, to a place where everything is firing on all cylinders? Where it’s powerful/consistent/reliable and feels amazing? …maybe right now your singing career isn’t working how you’d like… you haven’t figured out how to get through this new normal, you haven’t figured out how to stand out from all the competition, perhaps your sound is unreliable so you haven’t been putting yourself out there, you aren’t getting the opportunities you want and you’re not making the impact you desire. How fast can you change that completely – where your singing is dialed in and you’re thriving? Where you’re bringing new opportunities in the door, you’re finally off the day-job hamster wheel and most importantly you’re making the impact your voice was meant to make in the world? It’s an incredible feeling when you live your life that way! In my experience, that all starts with ONE specific shift: STOP BECOMING START BEING You don’t have to become something…..you already ARE something! Yet most of us have so much “mind trash” that convinces us we are not enough – that we don’t have what it takes, that we don’t sound
It’s September. . . . .can you believe it?!?!? We’re heading into the last part of the year – and what a crazy year it’s been. I’ve been talking a lot lately with the singers in my programs about doing a little check-in as we go into Fall, and I want to invite you to do that too. Have you made the strides with your voice and your career that you set out to at the beginning of the year? Are you happy with where things are? Are you stalled or feeling stuck? Instead of just riding out 2020 and hoping 2021 will be better, I want to invite you to finish out 2020 strong. This doesn’t have to be the year of Covid, it can be the year you finally stepped into the voice that will allow you to get off that day-job hamster wheel, design the life that you want and make a real impact with your talent. I did some training on this today in my Facebook Group (The Pro Singer Success Collective) and I’m sharing it with you here because I think it’s SO very important. The topic today was “Do You Have What It Takes?” Talent is a
There’s something I want you to tattoo on your heart: Other singers (ie. your competitors) are irrelevant. I hear a lot of singers stressing: “Oh…but so many other singers are already doing this [song, genre. style].” Okay……..so what?!?!?!? Does that mean that they’re the ONLY singer who can be successful in your space? That there’s only room for one person to succeed in your genre? Heck NO! Listen: if you’re a pro singer – your audience is NOT *just* buying a performance. When your listeners are scouring iTunes for new music, they’re not just buying your song. When you audition, the panel is not just buying your ability to deliver a performance. They are buying into YOU. Your energy, your point of view, your ESSENCE. Yes, of course they want a song or a performance – but they can get that from a million other singers and a million other songs. But do they WANT to do that? No! They want someone they can relate to. They want someone who speaks to them. They want the experience of engaging with YOU. THAT IS WHY: SINGERS ARE *NOT* A COMMODITY. It doesn’t matter how many other singers do the exact same
I just got off the phone with a brilliant singer whose career has been dying a slow death over the last few years (goes back before Covid). She has a wonderful instrument, tons of talent and so much passion. But her recordings don’t make an impact, she has no real fan momentum, her live shows don’t get her any traction…….and it’s killing her career. Thing is, she’s working her tail off: Practicing every day. Writing/recording/releasing new material all the time. Networking. Auditioning for opportunities. Posting on Instagram six times a day. Grinding out YouTube videos. Doing everything she can to get noticed……but she just can’t seem to rise above the noise. Like so many other talented singers, she’s stuck in the talented singer burnout spiral. With so many singers out there all fighting to be relevant, she’s twisting herself into pretzels just to get noticed. But in doing so, the game is over before it’s even started. The bottom line: it all comes back to the voice. If you’re not performing in a way that makes an impact…your story, your music, and YOU will never break through the noise to get the attention you deserve. BUT…what if there were another way?
Is your singing career stuck in first gear because you’re afraid of really putting yourself out there? 😬 Or did it used to be easy to put yourself out there, but now…..after so much time and energy constantly chasing this dream and constantly coming up short, are you so beat down that it’s becoming harder and harder to keep putting yourself out there? So many giant talents never reach their potential because of fear. In my studio and in my Intensive program, a lot of the singers started out that way. They’re knowledgeable and talented and want to build a world-class singing career……. But they’re stuck. Bottom line is, you can’t be successful if all these things are dragging you down, no matter how talented you are. If you want to understand how to master your fear and trust your voice so that you can stand in your greatness every time you sing and open all the doors to an impactful career, join Daron Larson and I for a fascinating discussion on artistry, singing, fear and trust. Daron is the host of a great NPR show (and podcast) called “The Art Of Attention” and he had me as a guest
I’m gonna be brutally honest for a second. Right now, there are thousands of singers trying to make it in this business. They’re twisting themselves into pretzels to be, sound and look like what they think the industry wants. They’re obsessively focused on mastering technique. They’re going on TV reality shows like The Voice, Idol and AGT just to get noticed. They’re even paying to perform instead of getting paid to perform (pay-to-play gigs and YAPs). And despite all of that, most of them aren’t even close to getting paid to sing regularly, much less touring around the world to widespread acclaim. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that the strategies I mentioned above – people pleasing the industry, technique tunnel vision, reality shows and “pay-to play” gigs – are absolutely worthless, in my opinion. If you want a world class singing career, you’ll never get there in a million years if you do those things. There’s a much shorter path. But is that the REAL reason talented, professional singers are struggling? No. The real reason is that most of these singers lack vulnerability. VULNERABILITY. When they perform, they present a façade of who they think they need to