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Happy New Year – Mindset – Which Rules Your World, Amateur or Professional?

January 2, 2018

Let me start this blog by asking you this question. “Do you understand the difference between being an amateur or being a professional?” Amateurs believe that the world should work the way they want it to on their terms and that luck plays a great part in being successful. Professionals realize that they have to work || Continue »

Vision – Mission – Value of and for Auditioning

December 1, 2016

What is the importance of these three words, “Vision, Mission and Value”, when you think about auditioning? These are what most successful businesses use as their touchstone with all their stake holders, customers, venders and employees, so they are perceived with consistency by all. Performers often feel that this is the impossible part of striving || Continue »

Attention to Details When Getting Ready for Auditions

October 8, 2016

In the business of opera, it is a given that a singer must focus on a myriad of things in preparation for an audition. Here’s the laundry list that you have probably heard over and over, that you need to pay attention to. First and foremost, the importance of a solid vocal technique; then thorough || Continue »

Getting the Most “Bang for Your Buck” From Your Summer Program

June 1, 2016

Can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for your summer program. I want to help you get ready, really ready, for being able to take advantage of the opportunities that are about to commence. Once you are home, I want you to feel you have spent your time, energy and especially, money || Continue »

Hidden Rules of the Professional World of Performance

April 1, 2015

How do you prepare to be “part of the process” when you are hired to do a role? It is just a job after all, not a popularity contest or a stage for a pity party when things go wrong. Going to do a job, means you are thoroughly prepared in every aspect of your || Continue »

Finding Your Tribe

March 1, 2015

I am often told stories by singers about the difficulty they have in finding a community of like minded people with whom they can create dialogue that is meaningful to them as well as developing a support group. Where to begin… Becoming a performer is an individual sport. Sure you have a voice teacher and || Continue »

Master Class Prep 101

January 20, 2015

In being invited to do a Master Class, whether it is here in the USA or Europe, I am almost always surprised by how unprepared the singer/performer can be. What is the purpose of a Master Class? It’s an opportunity to let the Master Teacher see, hear and feel, where you are right this minute || Continue »

Consistency in Your Personal Brand?

October 1, 2014

Have you ever wondered what kind of impression you put in place and leave each time you venture out into the world of social media? Are you mindful when presenting and representing your Personal Brand online? Are you aware that those hiring often visit these sites to look further into who you are through your || Continue »

Drafting Your Own Contract

December 1, 2013

As I said last month, December can be an opportune time to expand your performance/business experience. This requires not only ferreting out your own performance venues but also experimenting with building 2-3 different programs to suit differing venues, to creating a contract once the details have been settled on like price, time and place of || Continue »

Sexual Harassment and How To Handle It

July 1, 2013

Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation of unwelcome or inappropriate sexual advances? This is a subject that is rarely talked about in our industry and I want to bring it out into the open so we can create a dialogue concerning this subject. Also, to let those to whom this has happened || Continue »

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