First, Do The Work
So I asked him what he wanted to accomplish in these lessons.
“Oh, you know… to really find and develop my voice.”
“OK. And how often are you singing now?”
This is a conversation I have again and again with singers– even professionals– who come to me with the hope of studying. And while it’s not necessarily good for business to turn people away, it makes no sense for us to start working together unless they're already putting in a great deal of effort on their own.
That’s not to say that an outside perspective can’t be helpful before an audition or while getting into (or back into) vocal shape. Yet weekly lessons won’t compensate for the hours upon hours of singing you need to be doing daily to properly prepare for either. There is just no substitute for time and effort when it comes to getting to know and nurturing your instrument– and the mind that runs it– so that you can recognize and receive the proper guidance.
This is true beyond the realm of singing. How often do we ask for help without doing the work that would allow us to optimally integrate what we discover? And more than that... how often do we set out to accomplish our goals without being willing to put in the effort that it takes to actually achieve them?