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How I personally got to thank and meet Oprah

As Oprah was picking the last few people in the crowd, I found myself on the edge of my seat saying “Next time, wear bright colours that makes you stand out! Should have worn that purple Camilla look-a-like dress!”

I felt something come over me and I found myself standing up with my arm, hand and fingertips stretched up so high, high enough to make sure Oprah had seen little ol’ 5’2 me.

“Yes! You! The one standing up already in the black!” Oprah said as she tried to finish up question time.

Here we go!

Let’s do this like we rehearsed (20 plus times) in the Car Tina! Don’t stumble on your words … You don’t want to stuff this question up!!  It’s Oprah for goodness sake!

I couldn’t believe it!  She saw me, she heard me and I finally got to thank Oprah!

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Like many people who attended an evening with Oprah she pretty much raised me via her afternoon TV talk show during my primary, teenage and university years. It was my time to stop, listen and learn from Oprah and her inspirational guests.

I arrived an hour early at the event so I didn’t have to rush and I could go over my well planned question.

I have my husband, a few friends and mentors to thank for that.

I kept wondering, who could I ask in my networks to make sure I was on the right track. I asked my mastermind group whom I always turn to, for business advice. Keri Durgan, Philippe Coudoux and Kassandra Vaughn. We all met though Lewis Howes School of Greatness Academy.

Then I took to people whom I admire, I asked Pat Flynn during his periscope, “what would you ask Oprah of you met her?” He said he would ask her “Out of all your favourite things what would be your most favourite item?”

One mentor (Who I am going to see in New York in Feburary) is Selena Soo. I’ll be attending her Get Known Get Clients Live event.  I have been working hard with Selena over the past 6 months. Selena is the go to person if are an expert, author or coach who wants to learn how to develop visibility online. Selena graciously gave me some constructive feedback.

Although I am a singer and performer, I sometimes struggle to speak and communicate my feelings and thoughts in high pressure situations.

That’s why earlier last year I worked with the very giving and generous Rachel Hanfling. Rachel is an Emmy nominated Executive Presentation and Media Trainer whom I have been lucky enough to keep in touch with even after her wonderful course. Rachel has worked and produced for almost a decade at the Oprah Winfrey Show. I can’t thank Rachel enough for being so honest and in helping me word my question on paper.

I’m sorry I couldn’t share any audio with you.  I did reach out to Oprah’s team that’s why it took awhile to make this blog post go live. Here is what it looked like on paper – what came out of my mouth was a little different but I got there in the end.

My name is Tina Bangel and I am a singing teacher.  (Oprah: Oh??)

My singing students and I thank you for helping us meet and sing with Charice. 

Our YouTube video to you in 2010, “Oprah Please hook us up with Charice“, went viral among her fans and the producers of her Sydney concert saw it.  (Oprah: oh Great!)

We were delighted to meet and sing with her during her Sydney concert last year. (Oprah: Great!!!)

My mission is to help kids be heard and give them confidence through singing. 

My question is: “What would you say to a child who is struggling to come out of their shell or feels afraid to step out of their comfort zone?”

Oprah’s answer:

“The whole idea of working with children or anybody, is to let them know that you alone are enough. So all of your work is validating their sense of worthiness and their sense of being and you know the way to do that is to meet people not where you what them to be, but to meet them (even little people) exactly where they are.

So I think being able to take yourself to wherever the space is that they are holding and meet them in that space and find some common ground, adds a sense of validation wherever they are, cause what ever that story is, you want to be able to validate their story and then you work to try an elevate them to all that you know all the access that you have to offer to them. “ 

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She then goes on to talk about her foundation and the biggest mistakes people make. I’m so thrilled that I am on the right path. I have my Kindermusik background to thank for that and my years of making mistakes and learning along the way.

“Failure is your greatest teacher.  It either means keep trying or move on in another direction.” Oprah Winfey

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How could Oprah’s answer apply to your life?  Do you have a child that doesn’t want to practice singing or do you find yourself wanting your child to sing a certain genre or song that they don’t really love?

It’s a journey… as Oprah mentioned during her incredible talk, listen to the whispers.

I’m going to say that for me this evening was life-changing. It took 4 years for my students and I to sing with Charice after our YouTube video went viral. It took 5 years to thank Oprah for it.

It was so worth the wait even if it all happened backwards.

The power of manifesting.

If we didn’t put ourselves out there, Cheers entertainment would have not given us the opportunity to sing with Charice. If we didn’t sing with Charice I would have not been able to thank Oprah personally!

 
This post is for Rob, Christian and my parents especially to all the One Voice kids and their families, friends and family who have been supporting me over the years! For all who dared to dream with me.
It’s for anyone who wants to quit because people have told you you can’t do it! You’re too old, you’re too young blah blah blah……
It’s for you if you have a dream that is so big it scares you to your core, but motivates you to your being.
 
Keep going on your journey and make it happen because in the end the puzzle pieces will fit and you will see you have created a masterpiece!
Your Masterpiece called LIFE!
 

So tell me what are you manifesting? Or what have you manifested that has come true?

Share it in the comments below, put it out there in the universe so it can happen for you too!

Musically your Tina xx

 

ONE VOICE AND CHARICE

I’m glad to share that moment with my sister in law Sharon. Here are a few shots of some of the people who shared the wonderful VIP experience with us.

I found some fellow B-schoolers at the VIP event including Denise Duffield Thomas. I was so glad to see Denise there. I am part of her Lucky B community and have attended one of the amazing masterminds. She has helped me break though many money blocks especially when it comes to being a singer and making a living through music.

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During the VIP cocktail party we met Carmilla (The designer who dressed Oprah in her beautiful Kaftans) who was lovely and down to earth. Whist getting a photo with her I found myself thinking  “I’m so glad, I wore this black dress and I didn’t wear my purple bright Carmilla look -a -like dress!”

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Want to know what’s in the goody bag ? Watch me unbox my items here via periscope. The periscope replay is quite long so if you don’t have time to watch it here was what was in the bag:

What I know for sure Book personally signed by Oprah

VIP Oprah Pen and Journal,

Swisse Makeup remover, Toner, Facial Oil

VIP Oprah Portable Charger

Oprah Programme

Secrets earrings

I spent an evening with Oprah Mug

 

 

The One Voice of Elaine Huang – Leaving a 6 figure income to pursue a musical passion project

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Listen on iTunes here : Episode 010 The One Voice of Elaine Huang- Leaving a 6 figure income to pursue a musical passion project.

I first met Elaine as one of members who signed up for Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness Academy. I have watched her grow her start up business and her company Neon Owl is something to watch out for if you are into Electronic dance music.

Elaine has been working slowly but surely over the months and I was blown away with the community she has created in such a short period of time.

I wanted to interview Elaine because of her passion to use music as a form to give back to the community. She has purpose and drive that is contagious. She bravely left her 6 figure income to pursue this dream. We dive into how that transition is for her.

I ask her questions that could also help musicians and singers build upon their business, such as using services like Thunder clap, Indigogo to help build awareness for your music. We chat about how she reaches out to influencers and builds her networks so her message can be heard.

 

Here are my questions:

  • Tell us about your company Neon Owl.
  • You mentioned that you love music even through you don’t play an instrument, how did you develop the concept of Neon Owl and how did it come about?
  • Many people are afraid of charting into new territory how did you make the transition of leaving your 6 figure corporate job into diving into creating your dream job
  • Tell us about Thunder clap and how you use it to promote your cause?
  • How can a musician, performer or singer use Thunderclap for their advantage?
  • You have been really proactive in reaching out to influencers or people who are doing so well in the dance genre- what are some of the steps you have taken to build relationships with them in such a short period of time. I think it would be beneficial for my audience to grasp the concept of networking and building rapport with people in their networks.
  • What is in the pipelines for you?
  • ELAINEPIC

Neon Owl Event  18th Dec Charity Event

Neon Owl Presents: A Neon Christmas – Save The Music Charity Show @ HUE SF – Ken Loi, ADAPT, Philip Adrian & AJ ORB/T

Connect with Elaine at:

http://neonowl.co/

http://www.elainehuang.co/

We mentioned:

www.fendermusicfoundation.org

Lewis Howes School of Greatness

21 day Singing Challenge

Outro Music Be Heard by Tina Bangel

In the comments below, tell us what you bravely did to pursue your dream? I would love to hear your inspiring story too!

Tina

How to attract more students, boost your student retention and make running your studio easier!

Chantelle Duffield is the founder of Studio Expansion and works with performing arts studio owners to help them attract more students, boost their student retention and make running their studio easier.

Through her online courses and her popular video blog, Studio Expansion TV, she has helped thousands of studio owners around the world share their passion for performing and the life changing benefits of the performing arts with more students!

Here are the questions I asked:

  1. Tell us about what you do?
  2. Tell us about your musical upbringing, have you always wanted to sing and how it comes about?
  3. I love seeing your photos of you conducting at the opera house, tell us about that and how you got involved?
  4. How did you make the transition from owning a successful studio to what you do now?
  5. What are the things you did as a studio owner that you felt were “failures” but helped you grow to where you are now?
  6. What are your marketing tips for people starting out their own studio?
  7. What are some tips people can do now to increase your students?
  8. What is one song that has changed your life?
  9. How can people connect with you?

HOW TO ATTRACT MORE STUDENTS:

Chantelle suggests:

  1. Creating an event where people can connect with you and your community
  2. Create a Leadpage where you can create a landing page that collects emails and leads:

http://link.leadpages.net/aff_c?offer_id=6&aff_id=14477

(This is an affiliate link so if you decide to get Leadpages I will receive a commission from the sales)

  1. Create a nurture sequence of emails that offer educational tips and position you as an authority using Mailchimp.

Once you have attracted a student to your door or phone we chat about how to make an enquiry “all about the student”.

How you can start making the right connection with the potential student by asking the right questions and finding out who they are and what they would like to achieve.

Ask them 4 questions like:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Who do you like listening to?
  3. What do you want to achieve with singing?
  4. What are your singing challenges?

One tip to attract more students is to start marketing and promoting your classes or boot camp 6-8 weeks before they start.

Ways to promote your event creating consistent nudges and taps via Facebook Ads and School Newsletters.

HOW TO RETAIN STUDENTS:

Solidify the connection before asking them to re- enroll.

Sending postcards focusing on what they are Thriving on, what they need to work on and giving encouragement.

WAYS TO RUN YOUR STUDIO EASIER:

We dive into:

How to create a successful choir

How to grow your studio and what happens when you fear success.

How to map out your year

Plan 6 months in advance

Chantelle’s tips are:

“Do the marketing and don’t get stuck doing the day to day – don’t check your inbox straight away”

Create systems so that your studio runs smoother

– Establish Auto responders

Keeping track of the 4 quadrants at the beginning of each week: Retention, Attraction, Team and Systems

 

Please visit http://studioexpansion.com/

For the Free mini course: 30 Enrolments in 30 Days

What was mentioned on this podcast:

Star Maker Accelerator Live event

Lisa Messenger

Rick Barker

Bobbie Brown Makeup

Alphie Sadsad

Fideliz Cruz

Lauren Sol & Co

Lionel Cole

Outro Music: Our Cafe by Tina Bangel & Van Sereno

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Ways to earn income as a dancer/performer with Joel Gallarde & Emeroy Bernardo

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LISTEN ON iTUNES HERE

Joel Gallarde & Emeroy Bernardo have the passion and drive for dance that they naturally think outside the box. I enjoyed listening to their journey as they find ways to monetise their love for dance and create pathways to inspire others along the way.

Like most Filipino children they were encouraged to dance for family gatherings and was drawn to the applause, community and lifestyle dance offered.

We dive into how they started making a living from dance. Emeroy, successfully sells online dance lessons through Udemy and has exciting plans to creating an app for dancers, which could potentially bleed into other avenues.

Joel has a thriving company that has expanded Internationally. All developed through stepping out of his comfort zone connecting with Influencers and the movers and shakers of the dance world.

If you want to learn more on how they are creating big waves in the dance world today I invite you to listen to the whole podcast as you go about your day (driving to work with Ads and mindless chatter can be a bore)

Performers and singers can take away some nuggets too!

I certainly did! If you enjoyed this or know of someone who can benefit from what we spoke about please share, like or comment on the post.

They answer questions like:

  • When did you know you wanted to dance for a living?
  • Individually you have turned your love for dance into a thriving business. What did first steps did you do to generate income for yourself?
  • How do you keep yourself motivated?
  • What are your tips for anyone who what’s to make a full time living as a dancer?
  • What do you see in the future for dance?
  • Making money from dance? What is your advice when asking for a talent fee?
  • What is One Song that changed your life?

Joel Fuentes Gallarde chats about his company and projects.

The Company of University Dancers (CUDZ) was founded by Joel Fuentes Gallarde in 2001 at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. The group has extended its services beyond the student community & now is one of the most well established Hip Hop / Urban dance companies in Australasia.

VISION STATEMENT  “Empowerment of all people through our passion & commitment in the Performing Arts”

Through the years, TRiPLe8FuNk has been featured in a number of major events including Carnival Choreographer’s Ball (Sydney), Coca-Cola Christmas in The Park (Auckland), Poreotic’s Tic Tic Tour II (Melbourne), Tokyo Tower Showcase (Japan), Boogiezone International Showcase (Los Angeles), and many more. They have toured a number of cities worldwide and have organized a few dance events such as concerts, workshops and after-parties for international touring artists.

The company aims for excellence & believes in teamwork, discipline, artistic innovation, & community involvement. They create a funky flavour to the latest dance styles. So from the cool ‘old skool’ to the hot ‘new skool’, groovin’ to the freshest beats is what they do best!

You can find Joel at :

www.triple8funk.com

http://www.truehealthchallenge.com

IG: @joel.gallarde

Emeroy Bernardo is a leader in personal transformation and a leader in the areas of health and fitness, personal productivity, and personal development. He’s praised for zen leadership style combined with his passionate vision to guide others become their best selves whether it’s through fitness or dance classes. Emeroy’s greatest victory wasn’t just gaining control of his health, but overcoming his own ego and anger after being sent to jail and nearly losing his family.

Aside from coaching and teaching, Emeroy love’s spending time with his family and friends as well as perform and compete with his dance company.

I was so glad that I had met Emeroy through SOGA and I was thrilled when there were more members in the arts. He talks about his growth and experiences in your life and business since joining.

He also shares how he has generated income through online courses utilizing Udemy and his App creation.

Emeroy.com

IG, twitter: @emeroyb

Fb: emeroy.com/emeroyb

YouTube.com/e3k

Sequence: http://bit.ly/pre-sequence

My dance crew’s ig: @familybizness

Links to all Emeroy’s courses on udemy: https://www.udemy.com/u/emeroybernardo/

This Episode is brought to you by my EP “Be Heard”

Be Heard on iTunes

Be heard on Smule

Outro song: Dorothy Ruby Shoes on iTunes

People we mentioned:

Lewis Howes

Tiana Canterbury

Mike Champion

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The art of celebrating your wins – Inspired by Lea Salonga

Here we were at the back of the bar at the Intercontinental hotel.  “Hi! I’m Tina!” I said as I shook Leas’ hand.  “Yes! We met on Twitter!” Lea said.

Wow! My hero, my idol, someone that I have looked up to for over 30 years remembers me. She had responded to my blog post just before her Sydney concert: You can read it here: How to deal with Haters, Critics and Judgemental people

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She told us how starving she was after her Sydney Concert at the Sydney Town Hall. I had an out of “body experience” as I sat next to Lea while she ate her burger and chips.

I think that’s the experience you get when you are in the moment.

You see everything slowing down. Yep! That’s the state I wanted to be in when I met my hero.

After years of learning her songs and listening to her recordings, I reflected back. If I had made the first Sydney cast of Miss Saigon, would I have been at this table next to Lea Salonga? I think not….

This is where my life was meant to be.

I look back and think everything has a time, there is a purpose and trust God or the universe.

I felt like all the hustle, let downs and the highs had led to this very moment.

I was happy to just “BE.”

Be in the moment. Be me.

This was my celebration.

I didn’t need to get the “selfie” with Lea.

I was just happy to soak everything in. Thank you Lea for being so gracious and down to earth. I enjoyed just chatting about our families and life.

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I am thankful to our mutual friend Rosary for introducing us.  A bigger thank you to Rob and Christian for their patience.

Carol Monoloto, thank you for including my students and I at Lea’s first ever Sydney concert, what an incredible experience! Thank you to the production team, fellow support artists and especially to Andrew Baris, our dance teacher, who has the gift of bringing out the best out of us!

Thank you to the One Voice families and students for your continued support. I am extremely proud of the kids who put their heart and soul into their performances.

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How do you celebrate your wins? Do you celebrate your wins? Tell us in the comments below.

Like, comment, and  share this post with someone you think should celebrate more often!

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I want you to think about your latest achievement and make sure you give yourself a pat on the back. Sometimes we forget and we move on to the next goal.

You deserve that celebration.

Musically your Tina xx

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If you loved these amazing photos Photo Credit goes to: Dennis Pelaez dpelaezphotography.com.au (the twins’ dad)

Thank you Cherlize’s dad Cy for taking this footage of our performance.

If you would like a copy of Be heard you can download it here on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/be-heard/id944094298?i=944094307

 

 

6 ways to deal with Haters, Critics and Judgmental people

I spent last week in bed with the flu. When you have a blocked nose, sore back and joints you realise what you take for granted. Just being able to breathe and move painlessly and freely is a blessing!

The accumulation of anxious, stress and high expectation had hit me and bowled me over. It started at the first rehearsal for the Lea Salonga concert is which is to be held on Friday 31st of July 2015 at the Sydney Town Hall. The director said to the whole cast, “You know there’s been talk of people in the community wondering why amateur performers have been chosen to be the support act for international star Lea Salonga.”

“Some people are not liking the choices made.”

Some even taking to facebook asking why would people pay $150 to watch a bunch of amateurs, even boasting “Looks like I have stirred something in the Filipino-Australian community.”

Others commented back, defending the choices made saying, “they are the quiet achievers in the community.”

I started to feel every cell in my body deflate.

I had so much doubt in my mind- what if they are right? Am I kidding myself? Am I deserving of this opportunity?

Yes, me! Someone who has had 20 years experience as a professional singer and Vocal Teacher.

Let’s face it, there are so many amazing Filipino- Australian singers in the community, some well known in the community, some waiting to be discovered, some quietly working their butt off studying their craft, slowly planting the seeds.

How lucky are we to have the opportunity to watch them grow!

So before you use the term amateur with a negative connotation, think about this:

Of course while studying at school (because that’s where children are supposed to be at during the day) they study and work on the craft after school, attending singing lessons, dance lessons, choir practices or rehearsing for upcoming shows.

  • Some are part of organisations that perform for corporate gigs, concerts and big events in Sydney.
  • Some have worked and sung on stage together with international acts like Charice and David Pomeranz (who has graciously mentored some of these kids and myself)
  • Some gracing the stage of amateur community productions as the leading ladies (which normally are filled with professional musicians, and singers who just want to give back to the community or are waiting for the next professional show to start back in town)
  • Some kids have even represented Australia in major singing competitions overseas.
  • Two will be creating their first album of original songs and one of them will be working with producers who have worked with Jessica Malbouy, this particular student had also graduated with honours at Newtown performing arts school and is now studying music full time.
  • One has been a recording artist in the Philippines.
  • One has performed for a function in front of the Australian Prime Minister.
  • Some performed in Disneyland, Universal studios, and major theme parks in LA and have sung and performed down Hollywood Boulevard, part of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Before Marlisa was “Marlisa” winner of X-factor, I remember preparing her and a bunch of other talented kids to be a support act for one of the biggest stars in the Philippines- Sharon Cuneta.

When will you embrace their gifts? When they make it on reality TV?

Who’s to say you are not special NOW. 

These kids are gems, being polished and nurtured over time. Without opportunities like this they will not flourish…you will not see their greatness, they will not be able to shine and showcase how special they are.

So before you judge; please take a look at yourself.

What have you done or what are you doing to follow your dreams?

If you are following your dreams! Great. So you know how hard it is when people around you say, “You can’t!” You are always the first one to defy them and show them what you are made of.

Don’t dampen the dreams of kids who only see the good, who only want to sing because it makes them feel alive.

This event is a celebration of song and expression.

A celebration of what Lea represents to the Filipino community all around the world, especially to the young.

Hope! That’s what she represents.  The hope that if you work hard and never lose sight of your dreams, you can make things happen.

Lea is someone I looked up to and have admired since the age of 7. She inspired me to call my School “ONE VOICE.”

One voice can change the world…Lea’s voice changed my world, it created a ripple affect that has reached our shores and what an incredible impact she has in our children’s lives, especially my students.

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So no matter if you are a budding or professional performer don’t let anyone bring you down! Keep believing! Be heard! 

Here are 6 ways to deal with the “Haters” or “Judgmental” people:

  1. First of all forgive them- Sometimes they haven’t really thought about their negative comments and the effect it can have, some just have no idea what it’s all about and not really thinking about the bigger picture.

 

  1. Don’t dwell on what you cannot control. Thoughts can consume you and the worry and stress is wasted energy. Focus on what you need to get done and the finer details so you can crush your goals and make your performances even better.

 

  1. If there is some truth to what they say, then use it to “Fuel your Fear” a term I got from author Kassandra Bibas. Work extra harder during the rehearsals and take it constructively. Be the best you can be! This quote was a golden nugget after a chat with performance coach Ed Tseng – “Fear and insecurity are just memory and imagination ~Michael Neill”

 

  1. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you in an honest and genuine way. Talk to a coach, a mastermind group or someone that can give you strategies to overcome any negative thinking.

 

  1. List down all the amazing and wonderful things you have already achieved. My cousin Remy shared this with me: “Let go, or be dragged.” ~Zen proverb.
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  1. Be grateful that you have been chosen to be part of something bigger than yourself. Life coach Heidi Howes mentioned to “Look outwards rather than inwards.”

 

I hope this helps you overcome any stress caused by negative energy. A big thank you to the people who helped me get through the past few weeks: Andrew Baris, Ed Tseng, Heidi Howes, Sharon, my mastermind group – Kassandra, Phil and Keri and especially Rob and Christian.

How do you deal with haters and judgmental people?

Tell us in the comments below. It might just help someone else.

 

If you found this to be helpful please like, comment and share this post.

 

Lea Salonga will be on our TV screens here in Australia on the Today show, Wednesday 29th of July 2015. Channel 9. Watch between 6am-9am.

There are a few tickets left for Lea Salonga Tickets this coming Friday the 31st of July 2015, Sydney Town Hall.

I hope to see you there and if you see a support artist in the crowd the night of the concert, please give them a word of encouragement; it will make a world of difference.

If you would like to listen to some of my inspirational musical guest please subscribe to my new podcast on iTunes “One Voice can change the world.”

Email me at tina [at] tinabangel [dot] com if you need to chat or any help vocally.

 

Musically yours

Tina

The One Voice of Karly Nimmo – How to become a voice over artist

Karly Nimmo is the host of very popular business podcast Karlosophies

After a seriously bad haircut (a ‘frullet’) from an evil hairdresser who, after revealing his disaster, dared to mutter the words ‘There! Now you have the perfect head for radio!’, Karly decided she was far too attractive to continue in radio land. It was time for a change. While her stunning looks made her an obvious choice for a life in front of the camera, her nous for business, warm vocal abilities, terrible haircut and emotionally scarring from said hairdresser, led her straight to the recording booth.

She has voiced, and co-ordinated projects for big names… like Telstra, NAB, Panasonic, Sensis, McAfee, Jims, Ebay and Brambles. In addition, Karly has narrated a 26 part television series, can be heard in schools Australia wide via electronic whiteboards and has played many a character in children’s software programs. Her friendly, unpatronising and well rounded sound makes her ideal for learning – at both an adult and children’s level.

While her once hideous hair cut is these days just a distant memory, the emotional scarring remains… she is destined to be behind the mic (and behind the business) and, thankfully, that is where she’ll remain.

It’s difficult to put someone like Karly Nimmo into just one box.  At her very core, Karly is a connector, communicator and creator.  She also wears hats as a small business mentor, mastermind facilitator, voice over artist and agent, keen podcaster and writer, but above all, a devoted and loving mother. Oh and she’s funny as all hell.

We chat about:

  1. How she got started as a voice over artist
  2. How she prepares for her Voice over work?
  3. Who are her mentors and who she draws inspiration from?
  4. How to create a portable sound booth
  5. Advice would you give to someone who is looking into using their voice as a career.

Karly’s tips to becoming a Voice over Artist

  1. Try getting experience on community Radio
  2. Be proactive Source work
  3. Access to a studio
  4. Have equipment
  5. Be available
  6. Be committed and consistent

Equipment

  1. Blue Yeti
  2. USB mic – that Plugs and Plays
  3. Software – Garageband,Audacity is free thank can edit
  4. Space – acoustic form room – Anything to soften the space even your wardrobe
  5. Pop filter
  6. Headphones – anything that’s closed, be aware of
  7. Port-a-booth – IKEA boxes lined with mattress foam

You can connect with Karly at :

http://killerkopy.com.au/

You can listen to our interview here on iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/one-voice-can-change-world/id996957012?mt=2

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Websites & Podcasts we chat about

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Lewis Howes – The School of Greatness https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/school-greatness-lewis-howes/id596047499?mt=2

Johnathon Fields – The good life project https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/good-life-project-inspiration/id647826736?mt=2

Kassandra Bibas – She runs the show https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/podcast-for-women-entrepreneurs/id953470376?mt=2

B-school  with Marie Forleo http://www.marieforleo.com/

 

The One Voice of Elly Oh – 10 ways to be a resourceful singer to land better gigs and opportunities

A voice that truly change my world! It’s a great honour to have Elly Oh on my Podcast.  Because of Elly’s resourcefulness, I am so fortunate to see the Dalai Lama with her during his visit to Sydney.  She will have the honour to sing for his holiness during his visit.  How did she get the gig?  She asked!!! She offered her singing services as a gift so she can meet his holiness and in return was offered two free tickets to the event. What a lifetime experience and also an opportunity to share your gift with one of the most respected people on earth.  That is something money cannot buy.

Elly is one of the most resourceful singer I know.  She is not afraid to go after what she wants and helps create opportunities around her.

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Born in South Korea, Elly Oh has been in the music industry for over 10 years. She first discovered her passion for music when she was 18 years old after volunteering to sing to an old patient at the hospital where the nurse thought Elly had an amazing voice. After studying Bachelor of Opera at the University of Hanyang in South Korea, Elly moved to Italy to pursue her opera career and complete a diploma of Opera.

Elly has performed at various Opera events including places in Italy, Korea and also in Sydney. She has won various awards for her Opera abilities including first prize in the McDonalds Opera competition (World Song).

After moving to Sydney, Australia Elly has changed her vocal style to pop as she enjoyed the upbeat music. She is currently teaching students to sing in a private studio based on her Opera techniques as well as performing the occasional special event.

In May 2014, Elly appeared on the Voice Australia 2014 where she blew away 4 coaches within 5 secs of her blind audition with her powerful rendition of Jessie J’s “Mama Knows Best”. During the Battle Rounds she continued to wow Australia and the world (alongside her mentor and coach Ricky Martin) with her Opera voice and was clearly the early favourite to win the Voice Australia 2014.

Moving to Sydney only 5 years ago, knowing very little English, Elly found the courage and motivation to audition on national television for The Voice Australia 2014, placing her in the Top 12 out of 8000 plus auditions and is now considered one of Australia’s loveable artist.

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Inspired by Elly’s determination I have come up with 10 ways to be a resourceful singer to land better gigs and opportunities.

I am assuming you are a wonderful singer already!

1. Find a good Vocal Coach
If you have a credible Vocal teacher and if she or he can see that you are a reliable student, your teacher might be able to connect you with auditions or refer you to musicians or producers who are looking for a particular singer.

2. Create a EPK (electronic press kit)
An EPK is a must for anyone seeking exposure and publicity as an artist. You can send your electronic press kit to music industry professionals, clubs, media or anybody who might be interested in your work. EPK is your professional resume to the world.
Check out Guy Sebastian’s EPK

3. Don’t be afraid to do charity gigs
I know some people find it difficult to do charity gigs. If the organisation is a good fit for you and you feel you can build on a professional relationship over the years then consider it. Elly created an opportunity to sing at Kirribilli House by helping raise funds for Kids Xpress. They remembered her work and contacted her to sing for their charity event at the Prime Ministers House.

4. Collaborate with other Artists
Many designers are looking to showcase their work. Consider teaming up with a designer- Clothes, hat, shoes. Help promote their work during your gig as well as on social media (Love Instagram)

5. Hold your next gig at your ideal restaurant or café
You might be able to get a free performing space as long as you bring a crowd in, you may like to ask the owner if you can charge a cover fee that you can keep at the end of the night.

6. Create your album or EP
It will be a great way to showcase your credibility. You will meet new musicians and people in the industry and spark your creativity. It’s a win win for all. If you are looking to start creating your album I have a free cheat sheet for you- I’ll show you 5 essential steps to start creating your album:
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7. Find an agent or a few agents
Send them your EKP and make sure you address each agent by their name.  Get to know who they are and if they offer gigs at venues that suit you.

8. Find Expos
If you are interested in landing wedding gigs join Wedding Expos in your area. See if you can sing before the bridal parade as guests are getting seated or sing during the Parade or pay to get a booth.  If you have a booth, have promotional materials & video footage handy.  You can even hand out CDs to the bride to be!

9. Join a reality TV show

I know many people are against this process but if you have an action plan and you are smart about it you can make it work for yourself. If you are mentally set for it go for it!
If at all possible have products and services ready to promote straight after you finish the show.

10. Find Sponsors
Finding Sponsors that are inline with your brand can help you get better gig or help create your credibility as a serious performer.

Do you have a clever tip on how to get better gigs and opportunities? Share it in the comments below.

You can connect with Elly at http://www.ellyoh.com

You can listen to the episode on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ep-003-elly-oh-how-to-be-resourceful/id996957012?i=344303654&mt=2

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The One Voice of Brian Lorenz – How to use Visualisation to improve your performances

Brian Lorenz has become one of the most sought after Filipino artists in Australia. He can sing, he can dance and he sure can entertain!

Brian was born to perform! Born and raised in a small town in the Philippines, he started singing and dancing at school from an early age. His late father always encouraged him to perform and he was often putting on a show for him in exchange for lollies.

As a common trend in his hometown, Brian moved to the big city to explore the opportunities that Manila could offer. One opportunity lead to another and he travelled to many countries for dance engagements. For Brian to fulfill his dreams and aspirations he knew he would have to leave the Philippines and so Australia became the lucky country and in 2008 Brian arrived in Sydney to start a new life.

He began his journey by studying hairdressing whilst continuing with his dancing and quickly became entrenched in the Ballroom Dancing community. In 2009, Brian’s talent for dancing was spotted and he was offered a scholarship to study his Bachelor of Dance at Wesley College in Sydney where he graduated in 2011.

After dancing for over a decade, Brian never had confidence in his singing until he was prevented from entering a Talent Quest as a dancer (as he was too good and too experienced). Instead he entered as a vocalist. He went on to win the quest singing one of his now signature songs “The Prayer”.

Realising now that he could sing, Brian whilst still studying continued to enter Talent Quests around Sydney and became well acquainted to performing with a live band and over time gained popularity in the main stream and in the Filipino community. The experience was invaluable and after winning competitions at Blacktown RSL, Cabra-Vale Diggers, Lakemba Ex Servicemen’s Club and Canterbury Bankstown Leagues Club, he has transitioned into being one of the featured performers in many leading clubs and venues all over New South Wales. Since the start of his professional performing career he has already shared the stage with Australia’s leading and multi-awarded international performers Karen Beckett, Stephen Fisher King, Kel-Anne Brandt and Lisa Crouch. Not to mention Australia’s X-Factor winners Dami Im and Marlisa Ann and Israel X-Factor winner Rose Fostanes.

In 2013, Brian started producing his own shows and has received outstanding reviews. With his wonderful voice from heaven and his unique ability to entertain he has created a big fan base and due to widespread requests saw him launch his debut album “It’s Time” at his spectacular self produced production show at Rooty Hill RSL in October 2014.

In this podcast, Brian shares with us his secrets to his successful performances

• The power of Visualisation

• What he never does before a performance

• His daily Routines to help him become a better performer

• You can visit him at http://www.brianlorenz.com.au

• I also mention the guide to help you get started with your album creation.  Download your free cheat sheet to start creating your first album http://www.tinabangel.com/starmakerguide

BRIAN LORENZ

 

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What a Vocal teacher learnt whilst singing with Martin Nievera

“Consistent sold out venues”, “Brilliant energy from start to finish”, “Incredible voice” these are just some of the feedback Martin Nievera had during his Sydney concert last Friday 8th of May, 2015.  It was certainly one to remember. I had the honour to sing as Martins’ Backing Vocalist and it’s always such an amazing experience to work with such a down to earth, talented, witty and funny person.

From time to time we come across performer who really knows how to connect with the audience. I mean REALLY CONNECT…. from the heart and from the soul…without trying.  Of course this comes from 3 decades of interacting with the audience but there is something special when it’s consistent.

So this is what I learnt while singing with Martin Nievera.

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Make your fans feel special

Consistently, Martin is always giving time to his fans. He didn’t just stay in his dressing room, he remembers people’s names and acknowledges them. He spoke to people before his performance and hung outside his dressing room. Watched a few support artists and complimented them. He genuinely loves to interact with his fans, happy to sign CDs and happy to do shout out to fans via social media.

How do you engage with your fans?

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Thank you Martin for the special shout out to my One Voice Students!

 

Be proud of your heritage

Best part of the concert! When he said that Filipinos have the ability to give to the world. We are the carers and that we should all be proud about what we do in the world. He acknowledges the people who left their home in the Philippines to make a better life for themselves in Australia.

“The world is watching”. Do “good” in the world, don’t lie and don’t be dishonest was his main message.

So simple and it’s what we teach our kids from a young age, every now and then we need reminding even as adults.

How are you being of service to the world?

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Rehearse with the band and take control

Martin takes pride to rehearse with his band. If he is not happy with something he assertively fixes it. I have seen it before with his last rehearsal where he has a certain standard of people that he works with and if they don’t meet it he will request a change even if it is last minute. You want to surround yourself with people whom you can rely on. People who help you create the best show and bring out the best in you. Know your expectations.

He endearingly called his band the Meat Pie band because they consisted of young amazing Australian Musicians. Of course he mentioned that their first step after landing in Sydney was Harry’s Café Dewheels. So another witty way to interact with the Aussie Audience.

When choosing musicians find people that care about your performance. Acknowledge your band members in the show and include them in your patter.

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Respect everyone you work with

Each performance Martin always is grateful and will give each of his band members a signed CD with a special message.

How do you show your appreciation towards the people you work with?

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Be you

Martin is open that he has had ups and downs with his relationship- often making fun of himself, his ex-wife Pops Fernandez and his life. Never taking himself too seriously. He shares his personal life often referring to his kids and tying in their family story with the show. I think there is a special bond with the audience as he talks about the times when his kids were little and he would watch them sleep. Martin added an original heart felt song that he wrote with Mr. Louie Ocampo about his boys. (Seems that every songwriter with a child relates to this- here’s a song I wrote about Christian – Tomorrow it’ll be a better day)

Has something or someone in your life inspired you to write a song that you can include in your show?

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Be surrounded by family

Every concert he always acknowledges his family in the crowd. So now we know him more personally.

Consider bringing on a talented family member to be part of your show. Martin brought on board his talented twin sister Vicky. They sang a 70s Medley of songs that reminded them of their happy times in their childhood.

Do you have a family member you can invite to be part of your show?

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Be encouraging to performers starting out

You can learn so much from young talents even as a seasoned performer. It can be humbling to know that we all started at the beginning once. It takes courage and persistence to make it in this industry. It’s also such a small industry and we need to look after each other. It was so wonderful to see One Voice Alumni and past students working the stage- Melanie Balagtas, Bryan Ines, Bernadette Marquez, Alwyn de la Santos and Ylonda.

How do you conduct yourself around musicians who are starting out or are seasoned?

Young or old we all just want to be validated.

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Always be ready to learn new songs

Martin is always really to learn new songs. We had dinner during the rehearsals and Mr. Louie Ocampo was calling out all these new songs that are popular currently on the radio. They chatted about the new version of Dusty Springfield’s song- you don’t own me. By the way, you can check out the song I wrote with Louie Ocampo and Lionel Cole called Be Heard. You can also check out my new Be Heard EP in iTunes.

Martin is not afraid to learn new songs and the audience loves it. He even threw in a One Direction song – the story of my life after his son had dared him to sing a modern song.

Which new song have you been planning to learn? Create a new version of it and plan to sing it at your next gig.
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Create a story within your performance

The whole concert revolved 3 decades of music and performing. He shared his life as a child, his family and takes the audience down memory lane with his TELESERYE  medley.

Try to incorporate the senses. Include visual footage of all the milestones in your life.

One thing he wanted to do was be part of Broadway. He sung a Broadway medley, which the audience absolutely loved.

Is there something that your audience doesn’t know about you? Where you can tie in a song to showcase that secret?

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Be humble and of service

Martin is there to entertain, to make people laugh to make them cry and to make every person the in audience feel great about themselves. My favourite part of the night was the comfort he brought to Nanay Consuela who had stage 4 cancer. It brought me to tears, which I tried very hard to hold back. It was so touching and beautiful.

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All of this combined just made this an incredible performance and memorable.

Love and respect your audience so much that you will never be forgotten. Time and time again they will see you at the next concert and buy your CDS and be a fan for life! All because you took the time to know them.

I would love to know 3 concepts that you can incorporate into your show? Maybe you have a concept that you would like to share that is unique to your show.

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Photo credit by Darryl O’brien Photography

Musically yours

Tina

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