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Are The Fires Affecting Your Voice? (Hint: They Are)

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

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Truth Bomb

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

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How Fast Can You Change?

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

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Do You Have What It Takes?

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

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Singers Are Not A Commodity

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

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The Talented Singer Burnout Spiral

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?

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How Long Does It Take To See Results In Your Singing?

Let’s talk about RESULTS for a second……there are so many online voice teachers and singing workshops these days, but do they actually deliver lasting results in your singing, and if so, how long does it actually take to SEE results?  Most singers have been conditioned by voice teachers to believe that singing at the level they want is a looooooong and gradual process.  And they’re right in the sense that if you do it their way – the old, traditional way –  it IS a long and gradual process. But what if there were another way to get results MUCH more quickly? What if there was something different then the online voice teachers and singing workshops you’ve been doing that have disappointed you because you’re STILL dealing with the same old issues in your singing and your career? Today I want to introduce you to the fabulous blues/folk singer-songwriter Grace Theisen. Grace is a blues/folk singer-songwriter who went from being sidelined by the effects of nerves, tension and vocal fatigue to blazing a new trail in her career with rock solid confidence in her voice, zero vocal fatigue AND a brand new record. . . . .in EIGHT WEEKS.  If

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What Is The 2 Month Intensive Program?

Before I get into the real purpose of this email, I want to invite you to consider something.  And that is…….we are all in this pandemic together, and we are all handling these extraordinary circumstances in our own unique way.  For me, I think it’s important that I still run my studio as normally as possible, as it supports not only the hundreds of singers in our tribe, but also financially supports my team and my family – which in turn supports the economy.  If you would prefer NOT to hear about programs I am offering, please click ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of this message and we’ll be sure to exclude you from any future emails.  And, if you’re someone for whom a program like The 2 Month Intensive, along with my personal support and the support of other amazing singers doing the real work to get past their blocks to succeed like crazy when this is all over, would be helpful right now… please read on.  Thank you so much for your consideration and remember you can always join me for my FREE live weekly trainings in my Facebook Group “The Pro Singer Success Collective” here. So, what is The 2 Month Intensive

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Financial Relief For Singers

I have some important info on financial relief for singers to pass along to you today. If you have suffered the loss of income because of cancelled gigs, I want you to know there ARE resources for you. Many organizations have sprung up to help musicians during this time. I have listed a sampling of them below. Sending lots of love and “hustle muscle” during this time. Remember, this WILL end. You already KNOW how to be resourceful (as all free-lance musicians do), so now you’re getting to flex this muscle in new ways and unexpected ways. I’m here for you if you need support!   FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR MUSICIANS Effected by Covid-19 The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those in the music community affected by the pandemic. Individuals who’ve lost work can apply for financial relief online HERE. Equal Sound has launched a relief fund for musicians who can confirm gig cancellations. Musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus also can apply to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for help. Phone 888-955-7880 or download a grant application form HERE. AGMA relief fund For AGMA members only Click HERE. ArtistRelief.org A coalition of national

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Career Advice For Singers During COVID-19

Some career advice for singers during Covid-19…… I’ve been thinking about time lately. (Covid-19 is definitely making me introspective these days!) Being stuck at home without the usual daily routine – I’m experiencing time so much differently than usual. And I’m so present to the fact that none of us are promised a tomorrow. That could be seen as very morbid, or it could be really motivating depending on your mindset. And I know that a lot of you reading this may not yet be where you want to be in your life, in your singing or in your career yet. Then the thought came to me…..what if there were a pill that could magically get you to that next level in your career right this moment, would you take it? Of course you would! Who wouldn’t want to skip all the periods of self-doubt and angst we go through on this artistic journey? But then the thought came to me……….what if it doesn’t have to be such a struggle? The more time I spend working with mind/body connections in singers, the more I am convinced that the “magical pill” to unlocking the consistency and growth we all want, is in understanding how to use Present Moment