Being a performer is so much about letting others see and hear who you really are. Which can be terrifying — and liberating.
I realized this all over again last night while on the road to an audition, with exhausted vocal cords from overpracticing and thoughts of pulling over, calling the bandleader, and feigning a flat tire.
Three things kept me going: the fact that I didn't want to waste having put on make-up, the fact that I didn't want to be seen as a flake by this band I wanted to join, and (maybe most important) using the tools that I and my co-teacher would be teaching in our upcoming workshop for performers.
By the way, I made it. And the audition was a success!
Daria and I are offering our fourth workshop on mind-body-spirit tools for performers since we inaugurated them in May 2014. This time we're focusing on creativity, communication, and confidence.
Past participants of these offerings have raved about them. A couple of comments from our most recent workshop, in February at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco:
"Thanks for reconnecting me to my spirit self. I forgot the little girl who just loved to sing."
"I thoroughly enjoyed it and greatly appreciate the marrying of technique and spiritual/emotional awareness."
Want to be seen and heard as who you really are, as a creative person and performer? Treat yourself to this workshop on March 21.
for Creativity, Communication, and Confidence
A Workshop for Singers and Other Performers
All Levels Welcome
Daria and Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)
Saturday, March 21st
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA
$90 ($85 for Registration by March 9)
· Reconnect with your inner creative self
· Release invalidation and judgment from your creative and performance abilities
· Practice vocal/performance creativity in the moment through improvisation
· Tap into your verbal creativity with fun writing exercises
COMMUNICATION AND CONFIDENCE
· Feel more comfortable communicating to a group or audience
· Learn how to protect your personal space while communicating with others
· Learn fundamental tools to feel more relaxed, confident, and present
· Apply these techniques to performance and get supportive feedback
Includes guided visualization, fun group & one-on-one exercises, practical instruction & tips, sharing, and performance
Bring a song or performance piece to work on
Maximum 10 participants, all must pregister: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Daria is an acclaimed vocalist, recording artist, and educator who has performed and toured internationally with her trio and Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks. She has taught at the Jazzschool, College of Marin, Blue Bear School of Music, and elsewhere. See www.dariajazz.com
"Gives you new experiences and insights beyond the ordinary...
songs that speak to the heart and spirit."- Jesse "Chuy" Varela, Music Director, KCSM FM
"Daria's masterful and compassionate vocal coaching style, coupled with her ability to provide a safe and respectful environment, has transformed me from a shy, quiet individual to a more confident, vocally present participant in the world and in my own life. I am eternally grateful for our work together." - Darla Holst
Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) is a singer, poet, and clairvoyant reader, energy healer, and coach. She has five CDs and two books to her credit. She received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Money for Women. She has taught at San Francisco State University, the Jazzschool, and Allendale Recreation Center. See www.lisabmusic.com.
“Lisa Bernstein's mix of spoken word poetry...and passionate jazzy, high-register vocalizing is …hard to resist.” - All Music Guide
“I know Lisa as an accomplished poet and singer. Recently I had a chance to experience her other skill as an intuitive. I would recommend her without reservation to anyone who is curious to know more about themselves.” - Ben Flint, pianist and educator