Jessica Marciel visits Joey Ciccone Show

Jessica Marciel and Joey Ciccone enjoyed a rockin’ hour on Friday, April 8th. From her inside-track to a recording deal at 12 years old.

And on through her singing and stage career, onto launching singing training business, LasVegasVocalTraining.

Friday, April 8th – Show Guest, Jessica Marciel – The Joey Ciccone Show

Vocal Exercises are Mandatory: A Lesson Learned

Beware the voice coach!

A former student, a professional, called me about coming back soon.  The situation was this is a pro, working a lot, and studied for a few months. When  he left, we stayed in touch. I saw how busy he was.  What I did not know was, he stopped doing the vocal exercises, and didn’t give himself vocal rest. We are athletes, we need to work on our vocal health constantly.  Would a runner compete without training?


This includes the way we Speak  also.  The way you use your Vocal Folds and your Muscles in your stomach, are as important as the way you sing.  You must exercise the tongue also. Everything needs to work in Harmony.

His phone call,  was not good news. He wanted to come back… after his vocal surgery!

He had developed bleeding nodules from over usage and not enough correct singing. He was sorry he stopped training.  I felt awful for anyone going through that.

I look forward to the day his doctor will clear him for more study.

Lesson is…

Don’t think you know it all. Even if you study once or twice a week , it is better than not at all…

A very common problem for us is Dysphonia.  Muscle tension, or Spastic Dysphonia. A very serious condition when your Vocal Folds are getting too much air, and you become raspy, and hoarse. You may notice this in your speaking first. You Must get this checked. 

I went for too long, working 7 days a week, and 4 nights,,,, I never gave myself a rest.  It may be simple like blowing bubbles , and a lot of massaging the the throat.   Dr. Salinas and Erik landry are helping me learn to speak higher, and softer, so I can work as long and much as I desire without harming my health.   Professor Ingo Titze..is an award winning Vocal pathologist and Voice production expert.  He explains WHY we do these exercises, and WHY we need to keep doing them. He says,’ When the pressure for the lips is the same as for the vocal folds, it must equal the Lung pressure.’  This takes practice, with an expert.   Choose wisely…. We must keep our muscles in and around our throat relaxed, and with the world as crazy as it is, That can be very hard. 

I have stretches, and massages, to help you with your throat and mouth tissue.  To loosen up you lactic acid and have a healthy relaxed voice.  How to seamlessly go into your mask from your chest ,,,  so much to do and learn.  I will never stop going to my coach and Dr.  I will always be on the hunt to be better, and so should you!

Maintaining your vocal health

Jessica Marciel
Las Vegas Vocal Training

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SUNSET BLVD Nights

Program, and my fav souvenier

Program, and my favorite souvenirMy

My Life as a Teen in Las Vegas was actually quite great. I had sung in three bands and they all were  very popular. The last one, Free Circus,was mostly originals and we opened for many big acts. Santana, Iron Butterfly,Three Dog Night,  Steppenwolf,and Grateful Dead to name a few.  If our organist Danny Barnett had not been drafted, we would have gone on to be recording artists. The songs were that good.  We all decided to part ways because we didn’t feel it would be possible in those days to find a B 3 player.   Therefore, I found myself on a plane back to where I came, and was staying in a Hollywood Motel waiting to get an audition. 

I cannot mention the name of my agent, because he wasn’t very well behaved.  This was before cell phones, and life was harder to navigate.  With a lot of time on my hands, I was at a local market to get some food for my room, when a very Dark haired unkept man, was following me around.  I turned and surprised him and said,,’Hi, Are you thinking I am someone you know?’  He mumbled something and asked if I were an actress?   What a line that was in 1969 in L A !    Everyone was an actor, everywhere!   He said he knew the Beach Boys and named some others I didn’t really pay any mind.  He caught me outside and said he would play me a song,,I kept my distance, and heard the song. It was actually ok. He also invited me to his ranch, where I could ride, and even stay there, it was a commune.  Now, I am not high maintenance or anything, but I DO like showers and that fresh fresh feeling of A C,,,so I declined the invite.     A few months later,  I saw this guy on the News,,, His name was Charles Manson… ok.. Welcome Home to L A !

I escaped the escapades of the Manson Family only to  have to deal with my agent. He dropped in on me, and asked for a neck rub. I wasn’t born yesterday, and I got that sense of urgency to get away from his claws as soon as I could. .    I was tearfully afraid and not wanting to be thrown out on the street, I rubbed his neck, and then I started to cry. He tried to  grab me, and get close, and I freaked out and just started crying.  He was mad,  I am so fortunate to not have been raped. I was a very frightened girl, and had lost touch with my Los Angeles school friends from the time I spent growing up here. I never felt so alone.

I did have an audition on my Calendar..This was for a Broadway Musical at 6230  Sunset Blvd, the Aquarius Theatre. This had been the Earl Carrol Theater when I was a kid.. My Dad played drums there. I was excited even though I knew very little about this Play,,’Hair’  I knew some music had been quite famous on the radio.    

prepared for this audition very carefully. I went shopping in thrift stores.  I got some Jean Harlow satin flow pants,  easy to find in Hollywood in 1969!   Then I made another flowy top out of fabric,,,headband and flower to top it and I was set.  I had wanted the clothes to move when I did and be a big part of my song.  I had my sheet music and my attitude,,,and felt pretty good.

A few days before I had met another person in the market, a sweet little girl, named Heather Bloom.  Mrs. Bloom was desperate for a nanny. Someone to live in, and walk her daughter to and from School and help her with homework and dinner. My life was falling into place!  I could now plan to leave the clutches of the agent, if I got this job or not!.  My audition was in a day or so, and I told Mrs. Bloom, that I would call her.

.  arrived at the Theatre, and took my seat on the stairs of the lobby. There must have been around 75 people. It was a closed audition I think, because I had been there through the agency. My Name was called, and I went into this magnificent Theatre, and the Stage was so nice and the band pit  was onstage, I had never seen that before. There were rafters, and stairs, and the seats were just gorgeous. I gave the pianist my music, and sang my heart out.  They asked me to dance, and I did,, then a time step, Thanks Mom, for the tap lessons…I would have to wait for a call back.  I walked through the seats where they had watched me,, The most gorgeous man asked me if I had a problem with nudity…he was Teddy Neeley,,,I had NO idea there was a nude scene, but I dreamily looked at him, and said,, ‘I am not ashamed of my body’ Who AM I??? Why did I say that?  well, I said it and it was true, my family was very modern,,, skinny dipping etc. I think Teddy was the most gorgeous man I had ever seen.. that is my recollection of my first audition.

I called Mrs. Bloom and decided to move in, since a callback isn’t a job!    I just loved working for her,, crazy about Heather,, I was only there a week, when I received a call,, No Call back,, I WAS HIRED,,I started right away.. OMG.   I called my parents, my mom sounded odd,,, I blurted it out. I was Hired,, I am in HAIR. My Mom said that’s terrific sweetie,, but  your Grandad died in San Fransico today, Heart attack,, BAM.  My mom lost her daddy, and it was one of the best days of my life.

I felt awful  for mom, and I didn’t kn ow hat I could do, so I focused on my phone call before,,, when I heard:

“How would like to start rehearsal tomorrow? You will have to go to Actors Equity and join, and sign the papers, so, can you start right away.”

the tickets for Hair

Tickets for Hair

I am IN! I am in HAIR; the biggest musical of the decade. ME, right out of high school! How lucky can I be!!!!    BUT, I had to tell Heather and her mom, I had a job. She said I could stay awhile, but I had no car, and needed to be closer to the theater to walk to work.

I chose the Hollywood Bowl Motel. It had a community kitchen, and I hated to go out and eat alone.  To say I was lonely was the understatement of the century. I was so lonely, that my record albums were my friends. Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Joni Mitchell.  It took awhile, but I finally made some friends in the show.

I was at a shop, somewhere on the Sunset strip, when I ran into Jennifer Joseph, who, in Vegas was the band manager for Free Circus. Her dad owned an apartment building on Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills.

She asked, ‘Where are you living?‘  I said, ‘the motel,’  she responded,  “NO way, you stay with me.” Great,  She moved all of my belongings  over to her place and I was farther  away, with no car, but she drove me to work. Here I am in Beverly Hills and livin the life… THEN things got even BETTER…..

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Tony Good and I at the opening of LION COUNTRY SAFARI

Jen and I went to Jeans West on Sunset. A George Harrison lookalike  appeared; in tight jeans and gorgeous hair and eyes, walks over, “Hi Jennifer, who’s your friend?” … “Oh, Tony, this is Jessica, we went to school together and she is in Hair.”  

Our eyes locked and I swear, I was going to marry him!   He asked for my number, “Jenn, what’s your number??”  She had helped me move into her apartment in Beverly Hills, and now I had the hottest guy I had seen in  town! Next to Teddy, that is,,,

THANK YOU Jennifer Joseph!   Well, you wouldn’t know it to look at him, but he was  36 years old…  hmm.. My folks were gonna love this!  I was only at Jenn’s about a month when I moved back to Hollywood to live in Tony’s flat off Hollywood Blvd. We were happy and in love.

After a few months, Tony was offered to go across the Sunset Strip and manage North Beach Leather, good for him, because he was from the San Francisco Bay Area, and was familiar with the store. He had clients like Sly and the Family Stone, Raquel Welchmany big names. Hugh Hefner‘s personal assistant from  Chicago Bobbi Arnstein  was a big client. Bobbie did not drive, so when she she not come to the shop in a limo, Tony would drive her to the Mansion.  That’s how Tony and I got to go to parties at the Playboy Mansion, because of her. She was so nice, and tiny, and very cool.  She hadn’t had good luck with Men, her recent boyfriend Ron Scharf was a drug dealer, and with the FBI trying to bust Playboy for obscene content, they harassed her  and indicted her along with Ron on a Drug  deal, and thinking they would get to Her  through her, they killed her. Hefs personal secretary, Mary O Connel, tried to help Bobbie. They all did. 

Not literally, but she killed herself, when she was in trouble with Ron. She was going to jail, and couldn’t cope.    It was all so so tragic.  Tony and I lost a few friends to drugs in those few years we were together. It kept me away from drugs except for an occasional high when I wasn’t working. Nothing deadly.

Life was great,  a trip to Santa Barbara to see HAIR producer, Michael Butler, play polo. Whiskey A Go Go nights, and so much to do. We hit the MGM auction… wow, the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of OZ!

I loved being in the show, and was promoted to the role of teeny bopper, Chrissy, who sang ‘Frank Mills. ‘ I understudied the fabulous Jeannie role played by Teda Bracci, and even got to perform that role one night!.

Tony and I really bonded with Red Shepard and his lady Karalee Phillips. She and I are still friends, and I call Red in Texas when I can. We had parties at their rented mansion.  Big parties!  lots of fun, and vegetarian food. We cooked all day for these parties. Crazy, wild people and lots of film stars. You have never seen so  much Fettucine, date nut bread and salad in ONE house! And we rode in a Rolls Royce to the market!

While there, I met people such as David and Keith  Carradine, their girlfriends Christina Raines and Barbara Hershey, Karen Black, and many colorful characters.

Sly and the Family Stone

Sly and the Family Stone

I almost got busted with Sly of the Family Stone. One night Tony was locking up. Sly came to pick up a coat. His car wouldn’t start, we said we would give him a life. He said he had recording equipment in the car, so we started to put it in our car. Just then the police saw what we were doing and pulled in the lot. We were cuffed and knocked onto the hood of the car. I was terrified, Sly had coke in his car, and he swore to them we were not with him, they let us go, Close call.

One September night, a Sunday, after the matinee  with the show dark on Monday, Tony and I left for Las Vegas to see my mom on her Birthday.  It was very very windy out in the desert. When we stopped in Baker for a bite to eat. Tony said he was tired, and asked me to drive.  I took the wheel and the last thing I remember was a big swoosh, and the car spinning. I woke up in the hospital four days later.

Tony had broken his collar bone, but I had fallen out down an embankment and over the controls and broke every bone in my body. A trucker saw the headlights on and called 911.   He saved our lives. I had been in a coma. When I was moved to a room, I remember Ted Neeley came to see me. Wow, I will never forget that.  My injuries were pretty serious and my time in the show was over.  It was shortly after this we were told we were closing!  So sad.  I was allowed to sing Frank Mills on my crutches in the very last show. Then we cut an album, for a memory of the great Los Angeles cast.

After my recovery I started acting school, and we had a house in Nichols Canyon. We lived off our savings and disability, then unemployment. Life was still good, I kept in touch with Red and Karalee, and Red had started REVOLUTION RECORDS, with Michael Butler.  I sang on a few albums for him, including a rock version of Handel’s Messiah. Got to meet and work for  Clydie King, the queen of the background studio singers. It wasn’t until I moved back to Las Vegas that show biz became un forgiving, and quite tough.  To Be Continued

Jessica Marciel
Las Vegas Vocal Training

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Singing in Las Vegas and L A

Free Circus at Teenbeat club

Free Circus at Teenbeat club

Our family moved to Las Vegas,  when I was a Recording Artist!  It was traumatic  enough for my sister and I. Being raised in Los Angeles, you get used to a certain culture, access to the beach, and the mountains. Also, I had recorded six songs, at Capitol Records.  We had  lived in the Hollywood Hills, then  North Hollywood then Northrige,  Sherman Oaks, and finally  Van Nuys bordering Studio City. . I went to Van Nuys Jr high.   This was a real blow,, I was only 3, whn we left New York for L A, so young, I didn’t remember,  so  this was HUGE.  My sister and I were never closer and we clung to each other for survival. I was lost when she went off to live in San Fransisco for the rest of her teen years with my aunt and uncle. My parents were show Biz all the way, Dad, Irv Kluger was a very well known Drummer. Mom had been a big band singer.  All our friends were big stars.  Joel Gray, Ray Bolger, Andrew Sisters, Bob Crane, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Shelley Mann, Peal Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Jerry Lewis, Harry Bellefonte, and more.   Dad moved us because he was In Las Vegas more than home!   He was with Juliet Prowse, the gorgeous Dancer who was engaged to Frank Sinatra, when we actually relocated. 

Not long after the move to Vegas, I found that my record was a little popular there, and Dennis Hunt on KENO Radio had given it a lot of play.  I went to Odyssey Records and even found my record in the sale bin!!!!! Talk about a blow to your ego!

I found out, I was to open for Johnny Crawford of the TV show The Rifleman at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Odyssey Records

Odyssey Records

His hit song ‘Today is Cindy’s Birthday’ was huge at the time  and this was the biggest venue in Las Vegas, where The Beatles played.  I was to lip-sync my 4 songs, because the last two were not really mixed, and completed  when I was dropped from the label. I still have the demos,  the vinyl, but they didn’t make it to the radio.

I was so nervous!  All these young girls screaming Johnny… Johnny… and I come out!  They were polite enough, but bored stiff until my set was over. Whew, my first big concert. Alone! Over with! I think if my opening song hadn’t been ‘Johnny Let Me Go’ they would have killed me!

I was  at Valley High , in  Las Vegas. High school started  at 9th grade, unlike Van Nuys Jr High.   So here I was in high school, after a half semester at Roy Martin Middle school.

The bands were all male dominated. NO chick singers. A band, ‘The Little People‘ asked me to join them.  YES, after doing that concert alone, being IN a band was a great thrill for me.  This was when I honed my performing skills, and we worked every weekend.  We even did the  Jerry Lewis Telethon, during MORNING PRIME TIME!!!! After a  few personality issues, we morphed into another band, ‘London Fog’, adding on more talent.

teenbeat-clubThat band was an improvement; we were getting older, and working better places, The Teenbeat Club and many frat parties. We even played the only casino in Searchlight, Nevada, a mining town, about an hour outside Las Vegas.

Then the best thing happened to me. A college band called ‘Free Circus’ asked me to come aboard. I was so excited to join these older guys, and do originals, and songs by Traffic, Yes, and Jefferson Airplane. The band had great musicians,, and two singers in addition to me.

Roby Bennet wrote a lot of great songs and Danny Barnett was on B3 organ, a rare sound for local Vegas bands. We were so good, concert promoters hired us to be opening act for Santana, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, Electric Prunes, Sweetwater, and others, I can’t even recall!

We were stars now, when we would load in, kids would crowd around to watch us, just to be around us because we were going to be close to these headline bands backstage; acts they all loved, and admired. This was a great time in my life.

So, after we were really on a roll, and I was in my senior year, The Viet Nam war was calling our pianist! Yes , Danny had to go, and we just could not replace him. He played B3 for goodness sakes, and that was our sound! When Danny left, I knew my next move had to be for ME, for my career.

Program cover: Los Angeles Hair

Program cover: Los Angeles Hair

So, I went to Los Angeles with an agent that my sister had met at the Stardust Hotel. He was quite well known, when he dies, I might post his name! He had a big  agency, and you would think someone that big would behave themselves?  After he read my bio, he just took a shot and took me to Hollywood, and checked me in at the Bel Air Motel.  That’s when my world started to get pretty scary!

I have to add, that years later (which I’ll cover in another post), Las Vegas wasn’t so forgiving to female singers, and I have some horror stories there also. But as a teen, it treated me well. As I made my journey with this complete Stranger to Los Angeles, the rest of my life begins a whole new chapter!

I had a small room at the motel, with a little fridge.  Mr. SMOOTH was well behaved up to this point. I had my first audition set for the following week, the Love Rock Musical HAIR, I was preparing my song and dance.  I bought some vintage satin pants at a thrift store,,, a madras thin cotton  blanket and I sewed it into a top,,,that was my Hippie outfit,,,     I auditioned for Teddy Neely, and Kay Cole, Armand Coulet, and I got a callback,,,,,   Then I was called without the callback,,that I  was to start right AWAY!!!!  I was thrown into the most popular Broadway show in decades,, The Aquarius theatre on Sunset was historic, My drummer dad had worked there when it was The Earl Carroll theatre.. Rehearsals set in and that script was really huge! they had me watch the show every night and that helped with the memorization of it.

Because of a very frightening incident with the agent, Mr. Smooth,,I checked out of the Motel , and had been staying in The Hollywood Bowl Motel. . It was about a forty block walk to the Theatre, but I left early, and walked through Hollywood Blvd to window shop, well, and shop,,,to Sunset where the theatre was. 

The agent incident was just the beginning.  Sadly, the #Metoo movement was far in the future!

On one trip to the market, , a very dark haired hippie approached me in the produce section, and started chatting me up, said he was a songwriter, come to my car, I will play you a song.

Well, I did, and it was a smelly, beat up old car. He was smelly, too, and seemed a bit crazy… The hair stood up on my arms, so when Charlie, that was his name, asked to to go to his ranch, I declined.

Yes, my friends,, The Spahn Ranch and CHARLIE MANSON was his name.  Welcome to L A!  I had recently seem on T V, the gruesome Sharon Tate murders, I had no idea, the man I met would be arrested  a few months later!     To Be Continued

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Jessica Kluger  Marciel
Las Vegas Vocal Training

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Riding the Career Roller Coaster – Phase 1

Grammy-trophyWhen I read through my leads for lessons. I get everything from, “I want to get over my stage fright,” to, “I want a Grammy!  Really?  You want a Grammy, and you think just having a better voice will help you? Having a good voice helps, but there’s a lot more to it.

Let me start at the beginning. When I was three, my family moved from New York to Los Angeles, because my dad was a drummer. That’s when my life began.

I have no memory of our big house with the wraparound deck in the Hollywood Hills… although I have seen photos of myself on that deck.

Eydie-Gorme-Eydie-In-LoveI DO remember moving into the cute house in North Hollywood. I also remember getting Eydie Gorme’s album , ‘Eydie In Love‘  for my 4th birthday.  ‘Someday he’ll come along, the man I love, and he’ll be big and strong, The man I love…….

Yes, I was crooning love songs at four, and knowing and believing I was a singer. I wasn’t a famous singer,  or a paid singer. At age four, in our living room,  this is where I would dream my dreams.

However, those fantasies never included awards, mansions, cars and lots of money.   They were dreams of singing for people, and doing it for a living. Making enough to have a house and a dog or 3 and sing. Sing all the time.

In retrospect, that IS how my life has turned out. But there are many many stories in-between.

Be Aware of Red Flags

Not all the experiences are radio appearances, concerts, and signing autograph. For those of you who are pre-teens, teens, or young women, I want you to know what you are in for.

Signing with a Record Label was easy, in 1962

When I was 12, my dad took me to Capitol Records to sing for the CEO in his big office. I had my guitar, and sang for him. He made a call, and in a few minutes, we were signing a 6-song record deal. Three records of two sides each.

Career Roller Coaster

Jessie Paul in Studio C

Within a few days, a few songs were delivered to our house via limo. My producer/manager was nice as could be. He was the only one who Was  in my career!!. It was all so exciting and new.

THEY said I had to change my name. My new name was Jessie Paul.

I was in Van Nuys Jr. High, and the press releases were all, ‘that cute new doll from Van Nuys Jr High, the new singing sensation blah blah blah.’  I had photos done, but NO one told me how to pose!! No one helped me with my wardrobe?

So we recorded with a full orchestra in Capitol Studio A, or C, I just know it was the BIG one., a huge orchestra,   with three back up singers. It was so much fun, I knew this would be my life, forever. I lip-synched my record ‘Johnny Let Me Go‘ at a school party. I had a blast.

The song charted on Billboard’s Top 100, 75 with a bullet. Then, the roof caved in. The Beatles landed in America, and what label were they on?  Capitol Records.

My next session was NOT at Capitol, but a smaller studio with a smaller rock band. I didn’t mind that, I was doing what I loved and the songs were better than the last ones. However, Female singers were not on the hit maker machine anymore. It was all British bands and beach music. The boys dominated. Capitol dropped me. I was a has-been, overnight.

My initial success as snatched up in an instant.  Well, it wasn’t the end of the world… we were moving to Las  Vegas, and KENO radio was playing my songs!!  When I arrived, Dennis Hunt asked me to appear on his KENO radio show.

On the strength of my record and radio appearance, I was booked to open for Johnny Crawford at the Las Vegas Convention Center . He had a TOP 10 hit, “Cindy’s Birthday.”  It was my first big show at a stadium, but not my last.

Lessons Learned: 

  • Having access to decision makers is always important. In today’s labyrinth of record executives, getting signed to a label does not happen so swiftly and directly.
  • As exciting as it can be, you learn quickly that you are not in control of your career. You’re being told what to sing, how to sing it, what to wear… in my case, being told (not asked) to change my name ‘for career purposes;’
  • Events were moving so quickly, I barely had time to be stage-ready in front of large audiences. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
  • When you’re the flavor of the month, everything is sunshine and flowers. But tastes in music are like fashion. They can change in a moment, and suddenly, you are on the outside, looking in.
  • Every performance is training for the next appearance. And collectively, you move up the career ladder.

Next Stage: The whirlwind begins anew in Las Vegas. Opening for major rock acts.

Jessica Marciel
Las Vegas Vocal Training

Beware The Understudy!

Sutton_FosterCarol Burnett was just the understudy for the Broadway show ‘Once Upon a Mattress’,  Bet you can’t even name who the star was, she stole the role from?  Carol Haney!! A wonderful actress,  however, Carol got the job and s lifetime career.
Barbra Streisand  was an understudy also in ‘Funny Girl’

All I am saying is, Go to your GIG!!!  When I was called to Sub for a singer, who  I didn’t know, at Bally’s Hotel, They fired her and hired me.  I had no idea, what or when they told her anything? I was glad to get a steady job  because I had a toddler at home.

Later in life, I was called to sub again.. by a pianist I had never heard of, at Cafe Michelle, a busy local café and piano bar.

Well, guess what!? The owners told the pianist, Ken, to hire me. I had NO idea that a young very good singer would lose her job.

It isn’t always  that you are better, or prettier. Frequently, it just comes down to , who they like for the room, your way with the crowd, and the amount of songs you bring to the table.

Don’t let the Understudy get your gig. Go To Work! You can sing through that cold, or worse.  Take it from me, The gig stealer. I felt awful and thank goodness; both singers are my friends!!!!

‘For you Baseball fans: Don’t get Wally Pipped!’

 

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Hold the Cheese!

CHICAGO PIZZA0_nWhen you sing for a living, there are certain things that make you different from the other people around you.  You can’t go on dates on Friday night, you are the Band!  You can’t party like it’s 1999 and drink and smoke, bad for your instrument. You,,You are your instrument. You have to take care of it.

I didn’t go to my Prom, My band was playing that night. I didn’t go to concerts, I was the opening act, {much better actually!} Good way to get backstage!!!

I had a student tonight, he was not right in the throat,,, he said, I need to clear my throat, I asked “What did you eat?’ “he said Toast with Butter’,  ‘Uh OH…”I said. “REAL BUTTER?  Haven’t you read my “Maintaining your Vocal Health PDF’ ?

Well, he hadn’t, because it is so easy to get substitutes for all dairy products.   Yes,,, it’s true,   NO CHEESE.!!!! OK,,, once in a while if you don’t have a gig for 4 or 5 days, have some Pizza, but that stuff will stay with you.

You have a CHOICE:  To be a great singer in great physical shape and ready to perform, anytime.   Don’t tell me you have  no gig for a week, so you can eat anything, You have to practice, you have to warm up, so don’t eat cheese!  Now, I am updating this post, because   I am saying this too harshly, I mean, in moderation, if you don’t have practice, or a performance, have some pizza, but, in moderation, that stays with you. You will get used to fake butter and soy products, if you serious about being in good shape. So, have a slice, once in awhile!!

Spicy food as well, acidic foods and drinks as well. These will burn your vocal chords and you will be hoarse. I have seen it. Of course a are nose and throat Dr. will test this to be sure, But it can be Acid Reflux damaging the throat. It is very common. So, make the right choice. Be your best. Be a caring and smart singer and take good care of your body, it’s the only one you’ve got!

Jessica Marciel
Las Vegas Vocal Training

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THEATER AUDITIONS

Audition PressureRecently, there have been many auditions. One of my students traveled to New York to do an all-day auditions for five colleges.  Upon his return, my student, Nate, told me stories about the fantastic trip to the city, and interesting details about the audition process.

He described one girl who came out of the room crying and cursing the woman who ‘Made me do dance steps, I cannot do.’  Nate said, he able to hold it in, but was thinking,,, “Get Out of here. Go away.  You can’t run out of the room because you aren’t prepared for this college for the performing Arts, You are too thin-skinned!  You  will  never  make  it!!!” 

He is right. She is not cut out for this business.  You can’t take rejection personally.  You must develop a thick skin. 

Sutton_Foster

Sutton Foster

These are Conservatories and Colleges for the Performing Arts. As In PERFORMING.  These schools are serious. By the time you are 17, you better have had dance, acting, and singing lessons. You are expected to do a combination dance step, and/or routine. You should know tap, jazz and ballet. You will need acting lessons to do a monologue, and an essay on why you want to act.

Your singing should be Theater-style, using proper breathing. You must know ahead of time if sight-reading is required.  Adhering to a dress code will make you look Professional.

Bring, then wear your Jazz shoes, and attire to show your posture and form.  Ask your teachers to email reference letters to the school ahead of timeNever stop if you make a mistake, never roll your eyes, just keep going.

If your CD music track should stop, Just keep going, do not hesitate. They will be impressed you didn’t let it upset you.

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel

As a singer, No dairy, no cheese, no spicy foods, and no acidic foods or drink. You are an athlete, you must behave yourself, and take good care of your body and throat.. This is something you need to sacrifice for your craft.  Once your day is finished for the day, and won’t need to sing for a week, then have a slice of pizza, not before and not often.  There are foods you must give up to be able to sing freely, and not have complications.

I can tell you this, when I sang 6 nights or 7 nights a week, I ate raw foods, water, and slept. Got up, worked and slept, over and over. After work, I would go to hear a band, and have breakfast but No alcohol, and No dairy. I never ate eggs etc, I would have salads or any raw foods, fruit.

These schools are strict and many people are dying to get in. You are up against odds of demographics of diversity in race, and many entrance obstacles.

You need to have high-energy, be alert and focused. They need to see that you are hungry for knowledge, and you can perhaps get a scholarship to get into the school of your dreams.

So, you have work to do, be prepared, you need lessons, and someone to guide you.  You can be the next Sutton Foster, Idina Menzel, but you must have a natural ability that is nourished by professional lessons.  

Good Luck, and Break-a-Leg.

Jessica Marciel
Las Vegas Vocal Training

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