Taking Things Personally

This is my biggest personal flaw. Which is not a good one to have when you are in a field where rejection is a major factor more often than not. And as a singer, it is easy to take rejection as a personal affront, because after all, your instrument is a part of your body.Continue reading “Taking Things Personally”

Make a Fool of Yourself!

Today I attended a masterclass hosted by Susan Hanlon, a voice teacher in Dallas, and Izzie Baumann, a voice teacher and performance coach in Mainz, Germany. The clinician was Christian Borle, Broadway star and Tony award winner (Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten). He worked with six singers from the US to Germany. He wasContinue reading “Make a Fool of Yourself!”

When you hear no…

The great Kelli O’Hara went to the same school as Kristin Chenoweth, and studied with same voice teacher, force of nature Florence Birdwell. Obviously, Ms. Birdwell knew her stuff (she was still alive last I heard, so I should say, “knows” her stuff), since both of them are Tony-award winning artists. Kristin Chenoweth is knownContinue reading “When you hear no…”

Breaking Down The I Want Song

The late Bob Fosse said that there were three kinds of songs that mattered to the director of a musical: The “I am” song – defining who the singer is The “I want” song – defining what the singer wants The “New” song – doesn’t fit the other two categories; could take things into aContinue reading “Breaking Down The I Want Song”

Creativity + Intelligence

I like creative people. I like smart people. So I like creative, smart people. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many in my life, both as a performer and as a teacher, and to be friends with quite a few as well. I saw this quote by Albert Einstein, and I couldn’t agree more:Continue reading “Creativity + Intelligence”

History has its eyes on you

Today is Election Day here in the United States. I voted via absentee ballot several weeks ago, so I have done my civic duty. And it appears that a record number of Americans have done/will be doing the same thing. In preparing my Musical Theater History & Performance Course: From Tin Pan Alley to Today,Continue reading “History has its eyes on you”

“Learning is something we get to do”

Seth Godin does not like the term “taking” lessons. He feels that it sounds like something you have to do, like take medicine, or take your punishment, or take your lumps (that last one is mine). It’s not something that he associates with something you do voluntarily or eagerly. Learning is different. Learning is somethingContinue reading ““Learning is something we get to do””

Self-Tape Success: Shedding Some Light

Following a presentation on the details of setting up a self-tape, Amanda will work with up to 4 singers on their lighting, sound quality, and audition cut (we still have room for one more!). All present will receive handouts on: 1. Suggested Lighting Options2. Suggested Microphones3. Awesome Audition Checklist A Q&A will follow in theContinue reading “Self-Tape Success: Shedding Some Light”

Hey, Peep-a-Doodles!

I have an issue with folx. I know it’s supposed to be more inclusive, but “folks” is not not-inclusive. And peeps is weird and seems self-conscious. And don’t get me started on “dawg.” Please. Kids/Kiddos – maybe if I’m talking to my students, but it seems awfully casual. But “Peep-a-doodles” tickles me. I also likeContinue reading “Hey, Peep-a-Doodles!”

Staycation Projects

I am in the process of completely revamping my website and moving it to this platform. Sneak peek: As a result, I probably won’t be writing much for the next couple of weeks, but I did want you to know that I’m here and what’s coming up. After the success of Richard Carsey’s masterclass lastContinue reading “Staycation Projects”