ONE ON ONE WITH GINA
You can quickly find yourself morphing out of the job of a singer and into one of your own critic.
We already have to memorize an entire opera, execute correct staging, focus on dramatic intention, connect with the conductor, practice good stagecraft, and count-----all while wearing a tight corset and communicating fluently in a different language in front of hundreds to thousands of people.
How is one suppose to take on the role of a critic?
In my 10+ years of professional performing experience (and talking to a lot of musicians), this is what I've compiled:
- No two paths in music are the same.
Too many rely on others’ ideas of the artistic path “life script”, rather than personally forging their own.
Cue the “crashing depression” that follows when expectations are inevitably unmet.
- Many musicians want to make music the “right” way.
We need to learn to make music our way, and therefore learn to accept the circumstances that come as a byproduct of our ownership.
- Many people do not fit into their own idea of what opera is.
We as a culture often have a skewed idea of what opera is: an elitist world of socioeconomics that otherwise would have never welcomed most of the singers due to their backgrounds; they are there because they possess something powerful and elusive—talent. This skewed idea is often so embedded within us that we do not present our real selves in our work.
- Imposter syndrome is real.
The people you look up to in the business have experienced imposter syndrome too.
- A performance degree does not entitle one to an active performance career.
Though it is a worthwhile degree, it only offers the baseline of what it will take to build and sustain a career in this business, on or off stage. Understand the transferable skills you’ve learned and be innovative in applying them to things you never imagined before.
- All styles of music have value.
Many people feel shame or reservation about liking, listening to, singing, and transitioning to other styles of music that aren't classical.
- Practice is not consistent, but it builds consistency.
Sometimes practice is an exploration of joy. Sometimes it’s, well, scales. Many people feel stuck in their practice and artistry.
- As freelancers, we put our livelihood in the hands of someone/something else
with no stability or systemic help.
- You are not alone.
Still at it...
WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER
1:1 FREE 30 MIN RESET
30 mins, all you
- Whatever you want and need from the time.
Past calls have included all topics ranging from covering creative blockages to how to be more authentic on social media.
1:1 90 MIN DEEP DIVE
Let's take a deep dive together for 90 minutes, where you share your history, past and present, as we work to unblock the present, and create a plan for the future.
- 90 min in-depth introductory consultation (we talk about your history, your goals, your struggles/plateaus)
- step-by-step action packet
- 2 weeks of texting with me on Voxer app (for daily support, tips, and accountability)
- the recording of our zoom consultation/lesson
1:1 PRIVATE COACHINGS
In a series of private coachings we get to know your history in depth and create an ongoing maintenance plan. You have full access to me whenever you need for accountability, support, and tips.
- Face-to-face consultations and guidance via Zoom
- Daily texting and voice memos available on Voxer app
- Customized creativity plan
- Long term support and priority
How my coaching works:
1:1 zoom calls
Face to face guidance and voice lessons
I'm just a text away on the Voxer app for support, tips, and practice accountability
Materials, exercises, and repertoire for voice, breath, creativity and mindfulness
Materials you can access forever so you always have tools
Individualized plan made for your specific vocal and wellbeing goals in mind
NYC trained without the New York pricing
"In case you needed someone to give you permission to be silly... Oh, and to enjoy opera.
This is my pre-practice ritual these days: BLAST some stuff that gets my mind and body going... after all, this aria says 'gioia' about 600 times.
Thanks, Dame Janet Baker."
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