What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Lessons and Studio-60 per hour.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I occasionally go to New York city to get some vocal lessons with a top celebrity coach. I study Youtube tutorials by other vocal coaches and guitar teachers and I am reading some old Classical singing technique books. Owning a recording studio as well as being a guitar manufacturer I am always keeping up and seeking out information on the newest gear and technology. Occasionally I learn something from my students. I also spend an enormous amount of time exploring the uses of social media. An artist has to be tied in and have access to producing great social media. Between my business and guitar company I spend an enormous amount of time on it.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I loved singing and writing songs. I got myself a job at a music store and bought a guitar and learned from there. Within 6 months of the purchase of my guitar I was getting paid to play in coffee houses. Once I started recording I became interested in learning that and got an internship at a recording studio, which led to a job doing live sound, which led to more shows and it evolved to where I am today.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I mostly work with intermediate and professional vocalists helping them prepare for concerts and recording. I also help students with their media, such as demos and YOUTUBE. The other part of my clientele is young school age individuals that I help prepare for NYSSMA, school plays and talent shows. Some of my students are successfully working with agents and have participated in pageants.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of my students needed to produce a three song demo for college and we did it in a short time with lots of hard work and had excellent results. She was pushed way outside her comfort zone, but in the end she did it and did a great job.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When looking for a vocal coach-look for one who has done the things you are looking to do. Google any instructor you are thinking of hiring-see what they have done and what type of results they had. Find out if they are an actively performing vocalist-or have they been teaching most of their career? Are they a classical singer or a pop singer? Have they recorded and preformed professionally? A good coach will also be able to give you references. Finding the right teacher for you or your child also depends on the type of rapport that develops between teacher and student-each teacher teaches differently-try to find an instructor who will bring out the best in you and your child that you feel understands your needs and goals.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I work more than you can imagine.