So here it is. In another month we will be rapping up the entire year. But for now, this week, it's all about giving thanks. (and getting a 4 day weekend and eating way too much almost to the point where you feel sick and you swear that this year is going to be different. But, deep down you already know that it won't be because even if you manage to keep your promise you are still going to eat left overs for at least another 3 days. By the time Monday rolls around you are so disgusted over the whole thing you're almost happy to get back to the daily grind- Not that I know anything about it. )
Honestly, I consider myself very lucky. I have so much to be grateful for. But since this blog and so much of my existence has the theme of music all over it, I decided to list the top 10 musical things that I am grateful for this year. There are some really good videos too.
Then, you can comment about what you are most thankful for.
By the way, these are in no particular order. Okay, ready?
1.The remake of this musical- If you know anything about me, you know that I'm a complete nerdy geek (add your own adjectives) when it comes to Broadway musicals. I've always loved this show and have been waiting for years for it to be remade. I Love it. So, for those of you who love musicals as much as I do, watch this. If not, just keep reading.
2. About three weeks ago Scott took me to see "We Will Rock You" It's a musical centered around the music of "Queen." We both love their music. But, I wondered if it would work in a musical. I had visions of a bad episode of "Glee" but live. It was INCREDIBLE. I mean really and you do NOT need to be a Broadway nerd to fall in love with this show. Because Scott is anything but. He took me to this because he felt that bad or good he could at least enjoy the music. He loved it too. Every single person in the audience could barely stay in their seat. (I did...I didn't make a scene) This show isn't new and I don't even think it's officially running in NY anymore but wherever you live keep an eye out for it. It is worth it. I couldn't find a good video to represent it. So, you have to take my word for it!
3. I had been hearing bits and pieces of this band for a while. I knew my teenage students loved them. I thought they were a band that catered just to that age. They may be? But, I finally took a good listen and fell head over heels with their music. I love this band and am so dang grateful that I have had all their music pounding from my headphones and into my brain for the past 6 months!
4.Miley Cyrus... OMG! I can feel your disgust...don't be so judgmental. The truth, I don't like “that” video and didn't really care for this song. Until Dominique Dy covered it. Now it's one of my favorites. I love her version and video...And yes, I've known Dominique since she was 7 years old. She was in my own musical. We actually added a part for her. So, of course I want to promote anything she does. But, this is good enough to stand alone. I would love this video regardless of who she was. So, thanks Miley!
Oh and for all of you singers/performers who constantly tell me that it doesn't count if your not a writer. (Or, not a good one.) Can you watch this an honestly tell me that her performance is any less powerful because she didn't write this song? I swear it's not just about what's been written. Unless your goal is to be a great writer. But if your goal is to be able to do a kick-butt performance, it doesn't matter.
6 Kayla's CD...It's available on I-Tunes under Kayla Nettles.
7. Panda Ross- The most genuine person in this industry or any. I am so thankful I got to meet her and get to know her a bit. Her attitude is contagious. And this video is her from the X Factor. One year later and 100 lbs less.
8. Kevin Waugh – for letting my be a part of his new indie label...
"Wolf Creek Records-Howlin At The Moon Productions"
9 CMA week 2013' soooo much fun!!! Every single person involved in our workshop at S.I.R. I am
extra grateful to you. I can't believe the level of talent that was there.
10 All the students, clients and amazingly talented people that have let me be part of their lives
Okay one more cool thing because ...why not. This was more like a fun surprise although I think it made their gratitude list this year...
So, this is Juhi. She wasn't ever an official client of mine. However, I was hired by Mike Jennings to critique vocalists at the ' Nashville Palace' a few times and she was one of them. I couldn't write enough how unique and special her sound was. Not to mention her personal style. She was singing Adele before anyone else had. Also, I think she was in 1 of our top-talent shows (?) And she appeared on Mike Jennings TV Show, 'Nashville Spotlight' She was always very polite and I think she had the sweetest parents.
Anyway, seeing her make it so for on the voice this year was so exciting. I mean, we all knew how cool she sounded way before Celo, Blake, Adam and Christina...Kind of fun huh?
Okay your turn... Yes you. What are you grateful for?
So...I had to disable the "comments submit" because it isn't working. I'm so mad!!! Yeah yeah...I know gratitude bla bla bla...Okay, plan B...Please leave a comment on facebook...I think that button is working??? If you can...or want to...whatever!
Have you ever been involved in the makings of a real television show? Or, been in a music video?
Or, have you had something to do with the outcome of a beautiful recording which is to be released as a single and is sure to be a big hit?
Well, I hate to brag. Okay, I don't exactly hate to brag. I do hate to lie. So, honestly, I don't mind bragging when I say that I have done all of these things before. However, I have not EVER done them all in one month they way I have this crazy month of October 2013.
For starters, it looks like Mike Jennings has done it again. For those of you not familiar with the Nashville scene or for those who may have been hiding under a rock, Mr. Jennings has produced many TV shows that have helped the indie performer get some real on-air experience. Such as “Nashville Spotlight” and “The Music City Gospel
This time, he's put together "Isle Of Hope" a variety type show sans music (Without a music theme I should say as music is part of everything) This show is like a teen variety show. Skits, commercials, (mostly silly ones) scenes, public service announcements (Real and silly) Dancers, animal specialists and soooo much more...
He is producing the whole thing and doing all the editing magic. But, he handed over control of the show to two teenage girls, Allison Rae & Monica (Mo) Hoffmeyer. This clearly means one of two things. Mike Jennings has really lost it. OR... this is going to be an amazing show.
I really wouldn't know what to think if Mike hadn't invited me onboard right at the beginning. But, I have seen and been part of the first taping and all the rehearsals leading up to it...And, this is one heck of a show. Allison and Mo are fun and yet, in spite of their age, they don't miss a beat. They know what is going on and how to keep everyone calm. Their parents are so awesome as are all the parents involved...and all the other performers.
One of the reasons I love doing these things is because it gives me a chance to get my students/clients involved. So, 2 of my acting students Amanda and Gabrielle Wichert came all the way from Oklahoma to get a chance to try out their dramatic skills in front of a real camera in a real studio. They were great! And of course Kayla Nettles who has been acting with me even before she moved here in 09' to star in my original holiday musical took part. (She's a total ham) Take a look at some of the pics. These are from the first taping. There was so much going on that day. I didn't get 1/10 of the excitement. Still, it will give you an idea. Just click on any of the pics to make them bigger.
Hold on. Wait! Before you go, check out this video. Lucas Ciliberti had this video made (with the help of his mom lol) as a way of saying thank you to all the people who have helped him follow his dreams this far. Most of it was taped at the beautiful "Scenic Ridge", the home of Randy and Ann Dorman. Two of the most gracious people in this biz, east of LA and west of NY PLEASE CHECK MY U TUBE CHANNLE
Okay, just one more thing Yesterday, my student, Elaini Arthur, recorded a single that she wrote. Kevin Waugh produced it and I was there. I had heard this song at the very beginning stages and there I was, hearing it all come together in the studio. It is called "Sweet Kisses" and is to be the title track on her upcoming EP! It's a beautiful song and Kevin, Elaini, the other musicians and sound magicians really did it justice.
Elaini Arthur, taken at the Top-Notch Talent, CMA event June. 2013 by "ME" Watch out. This girl is going places.
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Okay, it's rare these days for me to write in the middle of the month. But, I have some hot news and I wanna spill. I found out early this morning about a new reality show about aspiring young hopefuls in Nashville called "Chasing Nashville" which will air on "Lifetime". It sounds so much like the show we were all hoping the "Discovery Channel" was going to make but...passed on ): But I don't think they really knew what they wanted. By the time Lifetime had the ball in their court, they knew exactly what they needed to make it work.
I think the show features 4 or 5 teen girls and they all look very familiar. I hear that several of them have been on Nashville Spotlight or sung at 'The Palace' but that isn't the point. The point is.... I was told that before they started casting they did a preliminary search on You Tube. That is where they found these singer/songwriters... You Tube??? No big cattle calls? No months and months of waiting to see if you'll even get an audition... You Tube!
Then I remember when I was working with the Discovery Channel recommending people. Rebecca would say "Let me see a video" or "Send my a link to their video" This is how we made the audition list. YOU TUBE!!!
I guess it's safe to say that big companies do a lot of their casting at least preliminary casting through You Tube these days...Why not? It's free. And you really get an idea of the talent that's out there. So, wouldn't it also be safe to say that if you are an aspiring performer, that you would want lots of great stuff showing off your talents on You Tube and only things that show off your talents? Of course it is!!!
I am not saying that you should hire an entire production company to make your videos...That would be silly. But if you are going to video yourself singing into your phone, make sure you sound good. Make sure you are on key. Make sure you know the words. Make sure people say, "Wow she sounds good considering it's a phone and it's a capella"
If you are on a show like "Nashville Spotlight" make sure Mike Jennings (producer) puts your video on You Tube because that will be the only version that is properly mixed. I'm sure the same will go for his new show "Isle Of Hope" of which I am the creative director for... HEY I GET TO TOOT MY OWN HORN SOMETIMES!!! ( Hee )Some people feel they should put every videoed performance on You Tube regardless if it is good or not. That's debatable. But you definitely wanna get the good stuff on there and watched as much as possible.
If you do decide you want something a bit more professional without putting your parents in the poor house...(an old expression) There are several companies that will do it. Mike Jennings is one of the people who can do an excellent quality video for what will seem like nothing compared to the large companies...and if you want to get lots of views..contact me...(lots of views puts you high in the search engine)
Also, if you are still reading. The other thing besides talent that they are looking for when they are talent scouting, is people who are able to speak, be interviewed, be witty....This is crucial!!!! They won't have time to train you how to have a natural conversation about anything on camera. So, if you can't do it...They will go to the next person. So, now I'm gonna plug something else and it's only because I have seen how important it is and how needed it is.
All of you who are dreaming of "making it" need as much exposure as possible. You also need to learn how to market yourself, how to get booked for interviews for television, magazines and radio. I am affiliating with a company that trains people to do just that. I have used their program before with some of my clients who have written books and have small biz's and they have been on the air all over. This has paid off for them 10x plus over.
There are also tons of radio shows all over the country that are looking for guests in the entertainment field...Songwriters, singers, instrumentalists...The program teaches you everything. Then you get tons of prospective shows sent to you every week day. This is so valuable to all of you because it will give you lots of exposure as some of these radio shows are big! It will also teach you how to be a great guest. Which is imperative! Check it out Click here...RADIO and check out "Chasing Nashville"
Well I've gotta say this is not how I planned on winding up the summer. Sitting at home, looking out the window and watching the rain. It's sort of a theme for this summer of 2013. Actually, a theme for the entire year. I don't know who it was who originally said "If you wanna make God laugh tell him your plans" ??? But really, if I had to come up with a quote to sum up the year this far, that would have to be it.
One of the biggest surprises that I've had this year is my own realization of how important it is for singers to learn how to act. I don't mean reading a cue card act. Or, announcing another performer act. I mean being able to convey a world of emotion in 2.5 minutes act. Everyone always assumes that will come when they get on stage. Guess what....It doesn't. I KNOW THIS...I've been acting as long as I've been walking and talking (almost). But even I have let singers who can't act slide so much when I'm working with them. NO MORE! If you want to act you don't have to sing. But, if you want to sing, you better know how to act. If you want to work in business and ever speak in front of more than 2 people.,you have to learn to act. If you want to sell concepts or products of any kind to anyone, you better learn how to act.If you ever get a speeding ticket and you know you weren't speeding you better be able to stand up and defend yourself, you need acting skills for that. When you want to manipulate your boyfriend to do whatever you want...No I'm just kidding. Nobody would do anything like that!
There is just no getting around it. As a life coach, many people do come to me saying they have such a fear of public speaking that it isn't worth it. But that is the most common fear in the world and there are 100 percent effective ways of getting rid of stage fright or fear of public speaking. So please don't let stage fright hold you back.
But as usual, I am getting off the topic. I was talking about singers. I want everyone to go on to you tube and find a cover song where someone is singing it with no passion whatsoever. I have seen hundreds but I wouldn't dare put it on here. I want to build people up not bring attention to their short comings. So, please do this. Then look at these videos below this post.
Many of you know that I've known Kayla Nettles and have been working with her since she was a little girl in Florida. I was her first vocal instructor...(Although she has had many since me) And I have worked with her on her acting...And she has always taken direction really well...SO, I'm not putting this video here to brag about how great an acting coach I am. (I mean I am but that isn't why I'm putting this here hahaha) So, yes, if you are a singer and you want to make your songs more authentic... ( If you want to improve your acting skills) I can definitely help you. But, so can lots of other people.
Anyway,Kayla took this cover and made it seem so much more sinister and creepy just by her facial expressions and attitude. (Acting skills and technique) The video is by Madd Talent Music
Then watch Rachel Crowe (Who I don't know at all) when she sings live. No second takes. At 11 years old you believe every word of what she is saying in that song. I've discussed this with people and they've said "True but she is way too young to sing a song like that" I disagree...when you watch that, imagine that she is singing that song to a man who her single mother has been dating and he's been horrible to them.Get that picture in your head and then watch the video... Does it seem inappropriate? Or does it seem like a girl who is at her wits end and is angry, bitter and sad? Before and immediately after the song she is a giggly 11 year old. Very sweet and adorable.
I haven't seen that kind of dramatic singing performance by someone that age since I was a kid myself watching it on Broadway. Then trying to duplicate the performances at home in my room and I'm sure failing miserably. It's probably a good thing that we didn't have video camera's capturing every note and gesture young aspiring performers make. AND...I switched topics again.
So? What am I trying to say? If you wanna a great singer. You not only have to learn how to sing, how to present yourself well on stage, how to harmonize, how to work in the studio, and a million other very very important things...You absolutely positively have to know how to sell it with some awesome acting skills too.
It's July 31, and I haven't written a blog and I'm blocked...So...here's my favorite ..For the 3rd time in a year and a half and change...It answers Why would a performer need a life coach?
So you've been studying voice.(or another instrument, or dance etc. Singer/songwriter is just an example) You've been working your butt off. Maybe you have one of the best vocal coaches on the planet. You can sing anything. You especially sound amazing when you sing the songs that you've written. You work with experienced co-writers and spend time and money going to workshops to make sure your song is just right! You go to other interactive workshops given by some of the best on-stage coaches in the biz. They work with you on how to create a magical show, with your beautiful songs and your kick ass voice. You're ready to go! But wait....
You still haven't addressed the fact that inside you are filled with doubt. Perhaps, you are terrified of failure? Or maybe the idea of success really freaks you out. Logically, you tell yourself that you are just creating problems. But, that only makes you feel worse. So, you walk around with a knot in your stomach. It could be that anytime there is more than 30 people in the crowd you freeze, or feel as though you are going to pass out while you are up there. Or it might not be 'stage fright' at all. It could be that you just feel silly and awkward up there on stage and don't know how to tell anyone.
You desperately want to make that connection with your audience. This is all you've dreamed about and trained for but you can't even make eye contact. You may remember hearing, when you were young, that being a performer isn't a "real career" and if you aren't making big $$$ it doesn't count. Maybe you aren't getting along with one of the band members and it's really throwing off your concentration and confidence.
So now what? This is where I come in...(Thank goodness right? Just in the nick of time)I'm a trained coach, certified and everything who specializes in working with performers. I help artists like you cut through all that BS (for lack of better initials)and own the life that you've worked and dreamed about. I can help you get rid of any doubt or fear that may be standing in the way of you achieving those dreams, destroy any negative thinking and continue to grow artistically. Mostly, I can help you experience more joy throughout the entire process. When all is said and done, what else could matter more?
It isn't therapy. I'm not going to take you on a long drawn out trip to your past to find out why you are who you are and then try to fix it. You aren't broken...you don't need to be put back together. Of course your past is part of who you are. But, I'm interested in helping you create the best "today" you can possibly have...and every tomorrow after. I truly want you to have this in your performing and every aspect of your life.
Do it yourself right? We’ve all heard that expression and for me, it has proven to be true countless times. But lately, I’ve been learning that in some areas of life it's more than just wanting something done right…It's wanting it done at all.
For a long time the only way to make a good life in the music business was to get good enough to get signed by a major label. That is how it was as far back as I go. (Or can remember.)
Even original Punk Rock. Not the “Let’s be retro and call ourselves a Punk band” Punk Rock. Or the music that came out in the mid 80’s which was amazing but not Punk…I mean The Ramones, The New York Dolls, 1975 at CBGB’s in the Bowery when it wasn’t a tourist trap. (I was way to young to be there in 1975 but I wish I had been there)
While the rest of the world was listening to disco or 70's rock. These bands were making history and setting the stage for the next generation. Of course they didn’t know it. But as far out of the lines as they were, as alternative as they sounded, THEY GOT SIGNED TO REAL LABELS. The Ramones were signed by Sire records. They made a movie which is now a cult/college classic.
They didn’t ever make the top 40 but they had a home. A company. A label.
Now, there aren’t that many major record labels. And the few that are left are afraid to put all the money behind something that isn’t a sure-fire hit. I mean when you look at it from there point of view, they aren’t in business to lose money?! And everyone is scared of losing their jobs too. (Just saying they aren't all horrible flesh-eating sharks)
So now, We have an endless supply of supremely talented bands, songwriters, and solo artists that desperately want their chance to make history and set the stage for the next generation but they can’t get signed. What do they do? They go the indie route. This is where you have to pay for all your recording time, your P.R., your music videos, your photography, your merchandise, and so so much more. Each one of these things cost so much money. To lay it all out yourself is overwhelming.
But, if this is the only thing that you can see making you happy in life, why not go for it? Even if you don’t become rich or famous but, you make enough money to survive with dignity and have fans that absolutely adore your music? Isn’t that just as good or way better than making the same amount of money doing something you like far less and feeling as though you settled? And who says you have to raise all that capital in one day.?
I’m just asking. I’m not telling anyone to throw away their college fund or not have a backup plan…I’m just asking. I’m also noticing that so many of you are starting to get involved in this at a much younger age and with much more support from your families. This gives you a much better chance of success in everything. The more people you have on your team, the better. In this case, I don't mean your fans. I mean the people that see you as nothing less than amazing no matter what. To go after a life in an industry where there are no guarantees is probably a tad crazy. So, you really want people around you that love you crazy and all.
Anyway, I have been talking about this on this blog for well over a year now. But I have to admit that I had no idea the power and indie band or an indie label could have until the other night. I was having another night of insomnia mixed with you tube. Not such a good combination. So, I know the band Fun because, well, I don’t live under a rock. I saw them on the Grammy awards and I’ve taught the acoustic version of ‘Some Nights’ to many students on the piano.
But last night, I started watching their videos and looking at the number of hits…25 million, 75 million, 102 million…and those are just from one post of each video… I was like wow these guys really are huge. I googled them and found out that they are an indie band. They are not signed by any major label. They started it alone. Now they have a label. It’s called “Fueled By Ramen”. The kid (and I can call him a kid because he started the company when he was still in high school) felt he and his co-workers would eat ramon noodles and put any money they made back into the company. Doesn’t sound like much huh? Well, they weren’t but then they took chances on bands like Franklin, Tennessee’s very own Paramore and others and …well…Fun and now they are a subsidiary of Warner Music and distributed by Atlantic Records. Okay, I can’t get into all of this and I’m still learning but subsidiary??? Distribution ??? This is way better than being signed by Warner or Atlantic… (Basically the same) This band and this label are in the best possible position anyone in the industry could possibly want to be in.
So, for those of you who haven't heard or seen...I posted 'Carry On' on facebook...because it's like an Anthem. But here I'll put "Some Nights" It's a great video.
So, I do stick by what I’ve been saying all along…Don’t worry about money and fame just do what you love and hope you can make a living. But if you have a huge message and you want to get it out to 102 million people…Go for it. I can’t imagine it being easy. But, the ones that want something that much, are the ones that don’t ever seem to mind how long it takes, how hard it is or how many people slam the door on their foot just as they’re about to get it in the door.
But what about the indie artists that don't win 2 Grammy awards? That might not be everyday household names?
Well this is Vance Brescia, a singer/songwriter from my hometown in Long Island. He was talking about his old band The Mosquitoes from back in the early 80’s in this quote...
"We were very close to a record deal several times with my material and the one criticism back then was that it was too many different styles. I even said to the powers that be, why don’t you pick one style off the reel that you like (back then it was a reel) and I’ll write ten songs of that if that’s what you think it takes.
It was a very telling thing, considering back in 1966 that you could have three or four different styles on one record, and now they wanted just one.
It seemed very strange and when I saw that I realized that I probably was no longer relevant in the traditional record deal sense of the word - and then I just said it’s just time to move on, which is why I made my money as a live entertainer.”
So even 30 years ago, the writing on the wall was coming into focus. Sometimes if you want it done..... you have to do it yourself.
And he did. Vance was very successful. In 1985 “The Monkees” made a reunion album (Who remembers them?) called “That was then, this is now” Vance wrote the title track. It was a hit!!! He also had several songs in movies, TV and is still going strong…(His bio is actually quite impressive)
But let’s take a quick trip back 30 years. 1983. New York City. When The Mosquitos made a video with a small company “Park Avenue Video” trying to break into the new, exciting world of music videos…If you were around in that time it will bring back memories. If not, you will think we were all crazy.
That was then This is now
So, as I say over and over on here. There are so many levels of success.
Now, I need a clever wrap up???… I know I don’t mean this ‘Do it your own way message’ just for people in the music industry. I think it goes for anyone…In sports, in business in any possible position or field or situation in life. Okay, I got it. This is much better than anything I'll ever come up with. I’ll use the words of someone else. Because SOMETIMES when you want to say something perfectly...you DON'T do it yourself..
"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
-- Steve Jobs
I found this great article and I put it on the other site. It's a dedication to the starving artist or the struggling musician and it's beautifully written. But after I had it there for a day or so. I wanted to take it down. Well here it is...This was written by Dave Ackert at the LA Times.
"Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime.
Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again.
Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream.
With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment.
With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why?
Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul.
Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart.
In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”
- David Ackert, LA TimesAmazing right? And I love how he understands the passion that a musician possesses. But, I'm so tired of the starving artist thing being the statuesque. Yes, being an artist does mean a different kind of lifestyle. But being a musician doesn't mean you can't be a good planner, business person, or even and early riser.(Sometimes) If you are truly called to music and you walk away...It's as if it hunts you down and finds you. It's who you are, what you are. It should be embraced. I so want to do away with that whole "starving artis
t" stereotype as a necessity to create good art. There are successes and opportunities and plenty of money to go around for everyone and at whatever limit you set for yourself. IF YOU WANT!
Why do musicians get to sleep till 2PM even if they didn't have a gig the night before or drink every night of the week?. *** I know not all musicians do this (I don't and didn't when I was a pro. musician but it's part of the stereotype ). This whole picture we have of the struggling artist living gig to gig in smoke-filled bars could be wiped out and just be a 'retro kind of thing' so easily. It starts with treating your art as if it were a business. "Regular people" (who are they?) don't come home from work totally "----faced" you shouldn't get that way at your gigs...I'm not saying go out and buy a suit and tie (unless that's your shtick) I'm just saying, if you really want it to work, treat it like something that is worthy of working.That's the key. You have to want to be a 'successful, developing, work-in progress artist'. Some don't want that. Many have always found that to be a form of selling out. And if that is how they feel than that is fine. I'm talking to those who would like to make a living playing music.I was ALWAYS told, do the artsy thing and have no stability or get a "REAL" job. What an awful choice. So, to be who we are we have to give up all sense of stability? Not fair and not true. Except that people have been buying into that for so many generations it became real. It shouldn't be that way and it certainly doesn't have to be that way. When I say this to people they say that I am proposing a more disciplined way of thinking and it sounds like a lot of work...WELL HECK YEAH IT'S WORK IT"S YOUR LIFE, YOUR CAREER, YOUR PASSION......
Then I realize that my voice has gotten too loud and I calm back down. It should be asked...Why do I want to write songs and perform them in front of people? If the answer is something like..."There is so much inside me that I need to be heard and I can only do it in a song" There's a good chance that this more disciplined way of thinking would work for you. If your answer is. "Because the sound system in the clubs is so much louder than anything I can keep in my parents garage. Plus girls love rock stars" Maybe not so much. But, we have other choices all along the way. I th
ink this generation, thanks to the internet and so many other things, will learn that they have the opportunity to treat the career of "being an artist" as a business. Just like any other. And with the bravery and dedication that Mr. Ackert spoke of, everyone better look out!
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I used to hear the stories of old-time Hollywood. Where some beautiful woman with aspirations of being a "movie star" would sit at the counter of the local drug store, where they sold ??? milk shakes and other fattening goodies. She'd wait in hopes of being discovered for the big screen.I have no idea if these are just myths or if this really happened as it was a bit before my time. However, I do know that in 2013 it takes a little more than that to land yourself a career in the industry. Reality shows have proven a way for people to get not on
ly their foot in the door but their entire body. In this case, I'm not talking about shows like The Voice or American Idol I'm talking about shows where people are famous just because they are seen.
I'm not crazy about these shows as I've told many of you. I feel they exploit people.Or at least some of them do. However, when I got a call from producer Rebecca Resnick, producer from the 'Discovery Channel' at the end of last month, saying she was interested in coming to Nashville in hopes of filming a show about children and their families who are trying to break into the music industry, I didn't hang up the phone. ( I don't hang up on anybody...lol) I was interested.I actually like the shows The Discovery Channel puts on. My husband and I both are addicted to the gold mining show. Well, within 3 weeks we had a ton of well-deserving, highly talented and just good families that were waiting for their chance to be interviewed and auditioned I was in San Antonio when the auditions/interviews started but was here for the Saturday ones. I know that ther
e are still people waiting for their skype interviews. So, this is what I know....
Two of our people have been called back that I recommended and I know some are getting some first time skype interviews and a few people that Mike Jennings recommended were called back as well. That isn't bad. Everyone thinks that casting for this kind of reality show is just like casting for a play or being chosen to go to the next round of American Idol. It is completely different.
Every single character (person) and their family and everyone in their life, has to compliment (and that can mean actually compliment or bring tension to) the other people in the cast. It isn't about how much talent they have. I mean, of course that is a given. But just by being invited to the audition meant that YOU had enough talent to be on the show. Now they had to see what kind of chemistry you could bring.
People with more of a dramatic life probably have a better chance of getting to be on the show. IF...they know how to present it. If it doesn't hinder everybody else. This isn't something that anyone should be insulted about if it turns out they don't get chosen. Maybe they have the same beautiful hair as someone else they previously cast?....I don't know if that's the case but who's to say it isn't. THIS ONE WASN'T A TALENT COMPETITION. Really, Mike Jennings and I were trusted that everyone invited to audition had enough talent to do this. More information is going to be coming out in the next few weeks so ...sit tight (yeah I know impossible when you are waiting) But, this really is such a great experience. A totally different kind of audition and interview. As far as my dealings with Ms. Resnick., I have no complaints. She was fun and professional. She seemed to genuinely love Nashville and the families we introduced her to. I do believe that this show, if it happens...(Which there is still no guarantee of)
it will be entertaining and still tasteful. But, all of us being in on the ground floor, lets see what happens!You guys...if you can, please like my page...facebook keeps taking them away...I'm trying to stay on top of it...www.facebook.com/stagecoachsg Thanks so much!
I could hardly wait for 2013 to start. I had BIG plans. This was going to be 'my year'. The only thing I wasn't crazy about is that unlike Taylor Swift, I do NOT like the number 13. I'm not superstitious. But, I am a little bit stitious (hahah does anyone or did anyone watch "The Office"? It's a classic Michael Scott quote and I love using it.-)Anyway, I had a plan that seemed even in the worst case scenario would still be a big success. I was going to get to travel more, have a lot more money and basically have the kind of life that I see myself really enjoying. Not just because of the traveling and the money but because of everything it entailed.
By the end of January, it already had all fallen apart as did I. So fast. So badly. What a loser! I can't say I was depressed. Because for me depression sort of pops up when things are going well and I don't know why I'm feeling it. This was just unbelievable sadness. I was mourning this thing that I had put so much work, time, money and my heart into. So, I took some time to feel sorry for myself..and it was great weather to do just that. Gloomy, dark, cold, rainy ....PERFECT. I was working with a few clients which was perfect because I didn't even have to get out of bed to work with them. I only "HAD" to get up and be presentable one day a week. It was for this one day a week job. Even at the time, I have to admit that this job really took me out of myself. Driving into Nashville, working with the kids, teaching them about musical theater and beating the traffic on the way home. Even noticing each week that it was getting a little lighter for a little longer was great therapy for me.
Then sometime between the beginning and mid February Scott, that dude I'm married to, was listening to me tell a story of one of the kids in the class that I was teaching and said. " Do you know you are kinda spoiled?....You have these children who think you had "something to do " with hanging the moon.AND...you are paid well for it. How can you feel bad?" I realized right there and then that he was right and I do hate when he is completely right. But.... he was. The next day I had an idea of how to salvage everything that I thought was gone...Or how to regain some of it and keep going from there, without investing another dime...Just a lot of hours Days. Weeks. And that is what I have been doing since.
I have a small theater company for kids. This is the 5th year that I've had it actually. I don't talk about it much because I don't use the internet to market it. It's a whole different thing. But anyway, I got busy. And, I'm booked for most of the summer. It took a month and change of phone calls and meetings but it's done and into next semester too.So, long story ummm even longer. This is helping me springboard the other thing which seems less and less important to me everyday.
So, I'm off to San Antonio next week (My second favorite city...Montreal is first but they have that snow thing) for fun and to see this little outdoor theater they have ON THE RIVER!!! So, here's to any of you who's New Year wasn't all you thought it would or should be. Or maybe started out great and fizzled. Just call a "do over" Personally, I really think Spring is a much better time for "New Years" because everything in nature is beginning again.
I'd love to hear comments from you guys although failing and feeling like a loser is hard to write about...But either way...HAPPY HAPPY SPRING!!!
So being a life coach who works with aspiring performers, I meet plenty of people who dream of fame and fortune. Not all of the people I work with want these things. Some are happy making a good living doing what they love most. But let's face it, as a society we are obsessed with fame. When a famous person says something it seems to have more of an impact than if a non famous person says the very same thing. Some celebrities become wonderful role models and others have lives filled with addiction, unhappiness and, well, we've all heard the stories.I've been sitting here watching the rain outside my window for a few hours thinking of 2 current stories of fame that couldn't be more different. And I'm wondering if fame really changes people the way we are told it does. Or, if it simply magnifies who they've been all along? I didn't know Mindy MCcready but it is sad how her life ended so tragically. So many people are saying that the music business destroyed her life. But the people who knew her seem to agree that she wasn't happy even before she found fame. And what may have been her biggest disappointment was that fame and fortune wasn't all it promised to be. Then I thought of anoth
er celebrity that I met a few weeks ago. She found stardom through 8 minutes of television time on 'The X Factor" Her name is Panda Ross and she is an awesome singer with a personality that can't be beat. She really wasn't looking for fame. But, she wanted to meet Simon. Her audition is world- famous (see below) America fell in love with Panda. Due to health issues she didn't get to actually compete with all the others as you can see on the video.
But, when America decides they love you...It doesn't matter if you remain on TV or not.. She has over 6 million hits on that video. She has been able to get surgery that has let her lose more than 100 lbs.When she makes money she gives everything she possibly can to her church. She also travels the country talking to people who are having a hard time in life. Her life, at one point, was as hard as hard can get but she got through it. That is all part of her story. (second video)The point is, with the exception of her health issues which I really don't know the details of...(how she raised money for her surgery etc.) Fame has not changed Panda one bit. It has only enhanced who
she already was. And I think the same goes for any success. If you can't stand the person looking back in the mirror, then no amount of money or success is going to change that. It may distract you for awhile. But, if you love yourself, others and in Panda's case, love God, then fame, fortune and any form of success is only going to enhance all of that.Big picture... While chasing our dreams, we shouldn't ever forget about the most important things
Without the basic foundation of who we are, what we are worth win or lose, who and what we love and stand for, success of any kind will just feel hollow and meaningless. But you
know that I love hearing your opinions so leave a comment here or on facebook....And now, a self indulgent plug... We, (my new little company The Stage Coach( www.mystagecoach.net ) will be doing a really fun, informative workshop in Houston at the end of April. Panda will be our featured guest. Check back on the site (either of them) for details!!!