Over the past 15 years, I have helped hundreds of performers and other creative artists make peace with their fears so they can finally find freedom and happiness doing what they love.
- Singing with a free and resonant voice is not just “for the gifted” - everyone can learn it, this includes you.
- You have a story to tell and the ability to bring beauty to the world.
- You can connect with your audience on a deep level, whether you suffer from performance anxiety or not.
- Making your dream of a career in a creative field reality is possible, and you do not need to subscribe to the idea of “the starving artist”.
Did it though?Not really, because despite doing well professionally, I struggled with performance anxiety. And because I could not understand (yet) why I felt this way, I began to believe that something had to be wrong with my voice. Cue my never-ending search for perfection in singing. However, no matter how hard I tried: All I could hear were the things that weren’t right by my standards; all I could feel was the mounting fear of "messing up".
Until it got so bad that I seriously thought I could not perform anymore. And my family, friends and audiences were mostly unaware. If you are like me, you will probably know why: The shame of admitting how I felt, the guilt of potentially letting other people down made me think I should just "grin and bear it", until it just wasn't possible to do that anymore.Fast forward a few years (another story that's too long to tell in its entirety): I had moved to Scotland to focus entirely on teaching voice instead of performance. My desire to perform occasionally resurfaced, but it usually made all the negative feelings come back up again. An experience I never had when coaching by the way. Talk about imposter syndrome though: How could I possibly help others if I hadn’t been able to solve my own problems with limiting beliefs?
“Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again.”
Some fun stuff
- I often get my students into certain vocal set-ups by letting them copy animals and fantastical creatures. My duck- and witch-impressions are legendary.
- One of my students once told me I applied “super-stealthy ninja techniques”. I loved this so much that I seriously contemplated to call myself “the vocal ninja”, but that just sounds... silly? Then again (courtesy of Wikipedia): "Superhuman or supernatural powers were often associated with the ninja. Some legends include (...) shapeshifting, the ability to "split" into multiple bodies, the summoning of animals..." Which brings us back to no. 1. So maybe I’m a ninja after all?
- Speaking of superheroes: I can tell you the psychological and personality types of most DC and Marvel superheroes/villains. I can probably also tell yours, but maybe that’s for another time...
- I am a self-professed film music nerd and have even taken master classes in film scoring, e.g. with Hans Zimmer.
“Our voice is our power. You are helping me craft mine. Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher and person.”
“It really was fantastic and I can’t wait for more. Your passion is so evident. Thank you so much!”
If you'd rather read my formal bio and want to know about my qualifications and experience,
Since you just got to know me a bit better, you can probably tell I’ve been where you are now.
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