Vocal Science - Vocally Speaking… As In Everything In Life, You Get Exactly What You Pay For... This Also Applies To Voice/Vocal Repair And Vocal Training.
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"Evidently, when it is concerning the human anatomy, there are no “cutting corners”.
A few years ago, sometime in November, my friend and I went to Niagara Falls to watch a Christmas skating show known as “Christmas On Ice”.
We’ve been there all previous years and really loved that show, but I have to say, that last year’s show was the worst out of all. There were only about 10% of the original cast participants in the show (skating, dancing and singing). We were wondering then why there were young and inexperienced skaters desperately trying to resemble something remotely reminiscent of the original show?
In all three categories, the performers were very amateur and clearly inexperienced. They were hardly rehearsed, the pace of the show was very fast, very loud and very chaotic. I have to say that it was also very poorly directed.
In the most recent show that we watched, my friend and I were very pleased to see (for the most part) the original cast (experienced skaters, dancers and singers). They were outstanding!!
On the way back home, (which is about two hours away), we were discussing all of the above and came to the conclusion that the previous year, the Fallsview Casino, had decided to save some money and refused to pay (perhaps the union fees) for the experienced, skaters dancers and singers, and thus, the show appeared to be kind of “second-handed”. Most likely, there was just an open call for second-rate performers, who obviously did not cost the casino that much money, and, most likely, that was the result of that.
My readers probably know that I am a huge fan of figure skating, but on the premise of the second to last show, I almost did not want to attend the next one. I am glad I did. The show was superb, the cast was great and the quality of everything that they were doing was superb!!
What does it tell you, my reader?
Evidently, the year before last, they wanted to throw a cheap parody of what was once called “Christmas On Ice”. This time it was the REAL DEAL!
You, my reader, might wonder what the above has to do with vocal coaching or voice repair…
It has a lot to do with it. Sometimes, our potential clients are not realizing what it takes to be able to non-surgically repair a damaged voice. They are looking for a cheap version of traditional vocal coaching or (covered by insurance) voice therapy. They are not realizing that the voice specialist of a high calibre (especially the one who can attend to speakers and singers as well) cannot be in the same league (including fees-wise) as regular vocal coaches and/or speech therapists and some other voice practitioners…
Non-surgical voice repair is a highly specialized field that takes a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, quite extensive expertise and a lot of patience. It does, in my opinion, fall into the category of, nevertheless, internal medicine.
My prospective clients are often wondering if it could be done remotely…? They want it cheap and at the convenience of their own home…
They also, as appears to be, want to buy a “Mercedes for the price of a bicycle”. And sometimes they do “succeed” with respect to finding somebody who would offer them what seems to be the solution “they have been looking for”(nevertheless…“Snake Oil” promises…).
Needless to say, those so-called “practitioners” are not really looking after their clients’ interests. They are, no doubt, looking after their incoming profit, and not really for anything else… In other words, (obviously, not being qualified) they do not mind “playing with the human anatomy”… and on top of it… VIRTUALLY!!
In the past, and also in the present, we have had quite a few clients who told us that they have checked all available voice services online (some free and some not). But, evidently, they did not find what they were looking for; and thus ended up here with us.
Moreover, while at it, some of them ruined even more (almost beyond repair) their already previously damaged voices.
When it is concerning the human anatomy, there are no “cutting corners”.
In Russia, we have a saying: “Go big or go home”. Yes, go home, but with what…?
Nevertheless, the voice problems are still lingering and yes, eventually, all of that might progress to the “point of no return”. Yes, you saved money, you saved yourself a trip to Canada, you knew which button to press to go on Skype, Zoom or FaceTime; YOU WON YOUR CASE, but at the same time, I am sorry to say that you ended up being the “BIGGEST LOSER”.
Ultimately, your voice problem(s) might haunt you for the rest of your life simply because you thought that there was a quick and cheap fix where (I can assure you) no such things exist.
I will leave it up to your discretion, my reader; and you are, of course, free to draw your own conclusion from my writing above. Remember, when it comes to your health, no price should be too high, especially if you believe in the natural and holistic approach to any issues concerning your health in general and, nevertheless, YOUR VOICE, VERY MUCH SO, INCLUDED!!