In the previous years, I had worked a lot with amateur singers who were labeled as wannabe singers. A lot of them were recognized by various talent scouts and agents, especially when they were appearing in karaoke clubs or open mic events in a variety of bars and clubs.
Once upon a time, one of my beginner students was brought up by her husband to a big karaoke club to show him what she had achieved with only 5 hours of instruction (by that time) with me. She told me that she was very nervous and, understandably, felt very insecure…
However, she also told me that she remembered what we still call to this day “smile and bite”, as well as to also enunciate and pronounce her words with absolute clarity and to the best of her abilities.
Before she finished her song, (to my memory, it was a song called “Time After Time” – by Cindy Lauper), she was helped down from stage by a person who came up to her and praised her on her vocal performance.
He continued talking to her, bringing her to his table and, first and foremost, he told her that he totally knows where, and with whom, she has been taking her singing lessons.
“I believe it is that Russian lady you are going to who is located on Sheppard and Yonge? (within Toronto, Ontario Canada)”
With the above statement, my student was absolutely shocked!
“How could he know that?” she thought.
He said “I am a talent scout, and I am seeing Diana’s students everywhere… They are all smiling and using their cheekbone muscles; and also they are always in tune, standing on stage like ballerinas (with perfect posture), and mainly, you could understand every word they are singing.”
My student was so surprised that she had completely forgotten that her husband was actually sitting on the other side of the room, waiting for her to join him. The talent scout, however, had no idea that she even came with the husband, as he only spotted her on stage.
Approximately two hours later, my student realized that her husband did not know what’s going on and probably was upset, thinking that she just got picked up by another man… Realizing that, she quickly returned to their original table, but her husband was nowhere to be found…
To make the long story short, the husband simply left and was refusing all night to come back to pick her up.
We are talking about the year 1991. We are also talking about an Italian family where in, that era, the wives were fully dependent on their spouses and primarily did not drive, or did not even know (geographically speaking for that matter) what was happening outside of their household.
That whole karaoke experience nearly brought my student to a divorce... Go figure!
However, to finish on a positive note, after completing a course with me, she had approached the talent scout “in question” (with the blessing of her husband. LOL) and then actually ended up being enrolled in his agency’s roaster…
With the above said, evidently, The Vocal Science technique speaks for itself! There is a wholesome body and voice mechanism which takes place. Once the components of that mechanism are in place, the wannabe singer first moves up to a semi-professional singer; and then finally, after perfecting and polishing their craft, moves on to a professional category.
Needless to say… when my singers are on stage, or heard on the radio, my “Vocal Science™ method signature” is always present!