Tips and advice for learning how to speak, sing, perform and live the dream of being a professional entertainer (speaker or singer) and performing artist, along with common sense commentary and rants on the state of today's music industry. Written by international master vocal coach, Diana Yampolsky, creator of Vocal Science (TM).
Voice And Vocal Problems… Out-Doctored And Out-Treated… What’s next?
The next thing is to regain your lost
voice and gain back control of your life.
However, easier said then done!
noticed that if our potential clients reveal to us that they started having vocal
issues only a few month ago, statistically, those clients with voice problems will
not end up in our studio anytime soon. However, the ones who have been
suffering with their voice problems for over 2, 3, 5 or even more years, will
most likely embark on our services that much faster.
thought about it long and hard and I came to the conclusion that those with
recent voice/vocal problems have not been “out-doctored” enough yet. They still
believe (especially in countries like Canada and England) that the medicine is
“free” (in a manner of speaking); and thus they will be able to find adequate “free”
medical care to treat (and even “cure”) their vocal problems.
it’s all new and fresh to them, they are heavily accessing numerous doctors and
specialists, especially those who they don’t have to pay to, from their own
pocket. After a year or two, having no accountable results, they begin to
realize that the medical profession is not always beneficial in dealing with
doctors are, of course, more instrumental (no pun intended) when it comes to
surgeries, but not all vocal problems could be remedied via a vocal operation. The
doctors are obviously “scalpel or laser happy”, especially when it comes to growths
on the vocal cords (nodules, polyps, cysts). However, if we are talking about
muscle tension dysphonia or spasmodic dysphonia, no surgical interference could
be offered in that instance.
the patient is usually offered conventional speech therapy, where they are
instructed to blow bubbles and to blow into a kazoo, as well as to perform lip
of the above will, no doubt, produce the dry throat and will aggravate
whichever voice/vocal issue the patient may have.
the question is: How useful is that?
being completely out-doctored and “out-treated”, our potential clients finally
start to look for alternative sources such as our institution, and other
conducting in-depth searches, they finally land on one or both of our websites.
They are all happy, as they think that now, all of their vocal troubles and
tribulations are finally going to be resolved and, on that note, they contact
I would like to share with you, my reader, how this process is going now and
how it used to be going in the previous years:
compare my exquisite, premiere services (which actually do produce the desirable
and accountable results) with Mercedes Dealership.
the past, I owned two high-end Mercedes; and when I first came to the
dealership to purchase each of them, I felt worthy of it and deserving of it as
well. I also (in full consciousness) was realizing that at, the absolute bottom,
the Mercedes Benz that I was looking for, would start at $60,000/$70,000. I did
not expect to pay a price of the bicycle for the high-end Mercedes, nor did I
expect the sales person to “dance around me” with all kinds of specials…
my potential clients (especially nowadays) expect from me (and our institution,
nevertheless) exactly what I just described above. However, to their credit (in
the past) they still possessed a realization that it is a “Mercedes services”
that they were planning to acquire. I still had to provide them with “special
care” (in fact, it was, and still is, my pleasure to do so) and then I would
conclude it with a reasonable deal for both parties.
the problem is, that even though my potential clients are totally out-doctored
and out-treated, they seem to have lost the concept of the “Mercedes premiere
service”; and moreover, those services are expected to provide them with the
full cure, in the nick of time and for a “nickel ninety nine” charge for it…!
problem is, that in our digital era, bombarded with a whole bunch of useful
(and not so useful) information, people are unable to differentiate a Mercedes
from a scooter. How sad is that?
in spite of providing no less then Mercedes services, we still “dance around”
quite a bit to best accommodate our potential clients; and not only to make our
services most affordable to them, but also make their stay with us as
comfortable as possible.
we have been adding quite a few complimentary items; like my book “Vocal
Science – Flight to the Universe” (value of $45), a natural herbal and
homeopathic voice repair kit (value of $250 to $300), transportation to and
from our studio/clinic and even lunch (complimentary of The Royans School) on
an everyday basis throughout our client’s stay. You could compare it back to a
basic Mercedes, where it would be offered to be upgraded to a convertible,
sport, AMG package and the top-class tires with the top-class original rims…
that be a dream come true?
it will be; and unfortunately, it will continue to remain to be a dream, as in
reality, nothing like this would ever happen!
my dream would be that my potential clients would separate their unrealistic
dreams from reality and, on that note and in a manner of speaking, “wake up and
smell the coffee”!
in touch with reality, but never give up on your dreams!