The Joy of Being a Fearless Performer
When the pressure to perform stifles young singing talent....
As a tutor or college leader you probably see so many gifted and talented singers come through your doors, and are left frustrated when you don't see that talent fulfilled in the situations when it really counts.
Singers can be their own worst enemies, and one of the biggest challenges they face is not only what they do with their voice, but also what goes on in their heads. Their thinking, and how they deal with the natural pressures of performing, can get in the way of what they actually achieve, especially in those crucial moments of auditions and final recitals.
Added to that the extra pressure created by Covid – stalled careers, and talent that doesn’t even get off the ground. It’s no surprise that singers both new and experienced are thinking of jumping ship, and abandoning their careers. The tragedy is that we risk losing some amazing voices.
When hard work and talent are no longer enough to succeed, creativity, innovation and a large dose of resilience are needed more than ever.
The pressure to perform affects the performance
It’s not unusual for singers to face crises of confidence at any stages of their careers – the pressure of performing at their best can overwhelm them and get in the way of them giving their best performance.
Overthinking, self-doubt, self-criticism and the associated frustration become a downward spiral. This affects not just emotions and nerves, but also vocal technique and the ability to connect and engage deeply with an audience.
This is when singers stop enjoying what they do, and even give up on their career – which is heartbreaking for those who teach them and believe in them.
The switch to thriving under pressure....
My vision is for singers to be able let go of their fears and feel truly comfortable and confident on stage, and for tutors and colleges to have the range of tools to be able to help them reach the fullest potential of their talents.
I believe wholeheartedly that the most effective way for singers to be the best they can be is to build an inner strength that allows them to develop their singing in a productive and fulfilling way.
The Joy of Being a Fearless Performer is a workshop for colleges and universities that teaches student singers the fundamentals of a harnessing a resilient and flexible mindset in singing. This healthier mindset allows students to:
Helping them develop their singing and give the sorts of performances that get them noticed for the right reasons.
The Joy of Being a Fearless Performer is a 1.5 hour workshop designed to help singing students unlock their potential and become confident and adaptable as performers, and to help their tutors and teachers more easily coach them to their full potential.
The Joy of Being a Fearless Performer
This workshop is designed to help singing students unlock their potential and become confident and able to adapt as performers, enabling them to not only survive but to thrive and grow even in turbulent times.
How to replace destructive self-criticism with constructive performance analysis and improvement
To retrain the voice in their head to help them achieve their best rather than blocking their confidence and ability
The secret to letting go of their fear and enjoying their performances so that they can connect with and engage their audiences
Helping students who are:
Seemingly working very hard but repeatedly returning to old patterns and not seeing results
Finding it hard to put themselves forward or to stretch themselves for fear of failure
Struggling with tension in the voice and body
As a child, as with so many singers, I had the sort of voice that would silence an audience, I was a small, unassuming girl with a large, powerful voice. It was the one thing I knew I could do well….that was until I couldn’t. In my late teens I found I could not longer produce the same, effortless beautiful voice. Frustrated and disillusioned, I gave up singing for for nearly 20 years and turned to my academic studies, gaining a First in Philosophy and then becoming a barrister. When I returned to singing in my mid-thirties I had a fabulous singing teacher and with her help I began to see glimpses of the voice I had had again, but no matter how hard I worked I kept struggling with my vocal technique and confidence. Eventually I realised it wasn’t my voice that was letting me down, it was my thoughts. When I changed my thoughts, everything else changed too.
Having spent 10 years as a barrister I then retrained and became an accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation, a coach supervisor and an ICF coach mentor. My real passion lies in the work I do with singers and performers. I am an expert in helping them retrain their thoughts so that they can perform at their best.
You will also receive my advice on getting the most from your performing and notice of other upcoming events and courses.