The Fear of Fright

The one thing that you do not want to do is to be afraid on stage.

When you are “up there” before your audience, everything is magnified. Some of us have sweaty palms, cotton mouth, shaky knees, shaky voice and others bothers, I will not name.

Here are a few pointers that will help you relax and be the performer that is totally in touch with your own greatness.

First, remember to hydrate and oxygenate. Drink plenty water and fill your nostrils with deep breaths. This will calm the “butterflies” in your stomach

Second, relieve yourself in the restroom. Wash and dry your hands, check your clothing making sure that there’s no tissue stuck to your shoes or hanging from your clothes. Stand in the mirror, give your self a little pep talk or say a prayer.

Third, walk confidently on stage and focus on a left, center and right spot in the back of the room right above the heads of the audience and visit those spots randomly as you sing.

Imagine saying to them how honored and happy you are for the chance to make an impression on them while you perform.

Finally, always be gracious and thankful for the feedback whether there’s applause or silence. It is a blessing to show your own authentic self and allow yourself a chance to grow as an artist.

Relaxation and appreciation are the two doors to singing and artistic success. Be brave and believe!


Things We Text

While waiting on my young voice student to arrive home and prepare to for her online voice class, I get a call from her mother driving her that she had just been rear-end by another driver.

Earlier she said that they were driving home to get to the voice lesson. I sent a text message that said “drive carefully” and sat down at the piano and waited for them to call when they arrived home.

I get a text back that she and her daughter, my student, had just had an accident and were on their way to the hospital. I felt terrible that I had sent the text right before the accident occurred.

Did I text that into existence? Just being courteous–or was I? (Daunt_Daunt_Daunt_Daunt___) Could the mere mention of something catastrophic spin it into existence? I wonder, am I over-thinking this?

However, I know how it is driving kids to auditions, casting calls, dance, acting and singing lesson and sports. It can certainly be “uber-stressful” and dangerous driving back and forth to these events. Ignore the text messages while you are driving and be safe out there y’all.

Who I am and Why I’m Here

We start out our lives full of great expectations, dreams and promise. You reach out into the world and grasp for your fair share of what your life has to offer.

Reality soon sets in. As you grow up, you look around for what make you uniquely you. Soon we realize your real challenges when we come in contact with teachers.

I am a passionate, teacher. I love to teach music-especially vocal music. I am an igniter, a spark watcher and an observer of flames and flashes of brilliance. I want to bring your singing and experience to life. This is what my blog is about. It’s ’bout that life- the singer’s life.

This blog will look at the life of singers through the eyes of one who understands and have lived through much of it. In it I will share some insights, opinions and discoveries as I work with singers in my online studio space.

I hope to see you on the page.