Here, in Nashville, the term "Artist Development" is used for everything. Nobody just teaches an instrument or coaches singers. They teach, they coach and they do development. Some throw the word around because it sounds really cool. Others, really know what they are talking about. It engulfs a lot of stuff. It is literally everything else. Learning how to sing in a recording studio, how to handle interviews, how to work with agents and how to make your show look interesting. Really, just like in sports, you do need a whole team if you are going to really have a shot at the "BIG TIME" and I do want to stress that you don't have to be on the top tier to be a successful performer. However, if you do. It is going to take more than one person to get you there. As well it should. Everyone has their specialties and their gifts.
I was watching a video the other night. I couldn't sleep because it was the night before my big CMA workshop (The pics are on facebook...It was amazing) ANNNNYWAY, They were speaking about all the emotional things that a performer has to overcome and deal with before he can really give his best. Well, that is what I try to do...And the best way I still explain it to people is with this very first post.
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.