Dry Mouth – Auditions/Performance/In General
How many of you have experienced dry mouth when auditioning, performing or just in general? We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. It also helps prevent infections by controlling bacteria and fungi in your mouth. When you don’t make enough saliva, your mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. This condition can be caused by a whole plethora of reasons including some medications and over the counter drugs like antihistamines, decongestants, muscle relaxants and pain medications. Your toothpaste and mouthwash might also be contributing. And of course dry mouth can also be exacerbated by the anxiety and nerves you encounter when it’s time to audition or perform.
In researching this topic, I was really surprised to find that most “commercial brand” toothpaste and mouthwash products are one of the biggest culprits in promoting dry mouth. The majority of us are simply unaware of the toxic ingredients that are in products like this, that we use every day.
Did you know that most commercial brand toothpastes on the market today contain something called Sodium laureth sulfate, also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), orsodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). They are the creators of the foaming action in your mouth as you brush. Both SLES and SLS do a couple of other things as well. Has there ever been a time when after brushing your teeth no matter what food you eat, it tastes a bit bitter and you seem to have lost your ability to taste the sweetness in any food or drink? Do you think it’s just something wrong with you? These chemicals in your toothpaste suppress the receptors on your taste buds that perceive sweetness, inhibiting your ability to pick up the sweet notes of food and drink. And, as if that wasn't enough, they break up the fatty molecules called phospholipids on your tongue which usually keep bitter tastes from overwhelming you, but when they're broken down by what’s in your toothpaste, bitter tastes takes over and that is all you taste. Your sweetness taste buds get suppressed so your ability to pick up the sweet notes of food and drink is blocked out. Everything tastes bitter.
The world of opera and classical singing has given me over 45 years of living the dream—world travel, meeting and working with some of the most famous singers, conductors and stage directors of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It’s been a successful and very satisfying journey for me.
Success means something different to everyone…..so let me ask you, what does success mean to you? It is different for everyone. Most people are afraid of both success and failure. What are you afraid of and why? Once you know the reality of what a singing career demands, are you still interested in pursuing this dream and why? And last but not least, how is your current career plan working out for you? Need some help? You’ve come to the right spot.
Here are my four key cornerstones, the necessary foundation upon which to build and support your career:
- First and foremost, having a solid and consistently dependable vocal technique.
- Knowing who you are, from the inside out.
- Having a destination and a solid plan to get there.
- Maintaining personal accountability in all areas of your life.
Let me help you review where you are in your career, confirm what you already have in place and honestly works well for you. Together we can define any areas that might need some adjusting. Let’s set up a plan to make your career foundation whole and solid knowing there is no progress without change.
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Personal and Professional Representation
They are one and the same!
How can you raise your Brand score by the end of the summer?
“You have to do a thousand things one percent better, not just do one thing a thousand percent better. It's doing the little things well, being on time for meetings, returning phone calls, saying thank you to people. It sounds like a cliché, but that is the reason one organization or one person is successful over someone else. Everyone knows what they ought to be doing, but the ones who practice daily excellence are the real difference makers.” ~ Buck Rodgers
It’s that time of year once again. For many of you, you’re about to experience a very special phase and perhaps a different place here in America or even abroad. It is often your first encounter with being immersed in a foreign language and new customs as you experience another culture. You will have the opportunity of doing nothing but music and performing all day long. You are truly in an “insulated magical bubble” that is exciting, scary, motivating, and stressful all at the same time. It’s Summer Program time.
It’s also the time to present and represent your Personal Brand by being mindful and present for each moment of this journey. Have you ever thought of the real importance of being able to represent and present your Personal Brand as you participate in your summer program? Why does this matter and what are your benefits if it does matter?
Take a moment to think about someone that you respect and admire. Take a look at their Personal Brand.
- What aspects of their behavior do you appreciate?
- Are they always consistent so you know you can count on them?
- Are they authentic and not just putting on an act?
- Do you feel they are trustworthy?
- Are they willing to fail, make mistakes then learn the lesson, pick themselves up and move forward?
- Are they courteous, polite and do they respect others?
- Do you feel they live their life on purpose and with passion?
- Do they live up to their potential?
- Do they ask for what they want?
- How good are they at communicating? Do they listen well?
- Are they conscious of how they do what they do?
- Do they contribute to the overall experience?
OK – I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Know that others recognize the quality and value of your personal brand as well, by knowing what they can expect from you on a consistent basis both during working hours and private time.
Reading List for Summer 2014
This article is a bit different because I want to give you a Summer Reading List that I think you might enjoy whether you are traveling to a summer program or have chosen to continue working on your own plan of action at home. I haven’t put up a reading list in awhile, so there will no doubt be some books I have mentioned before, but it’s worth reading them again. There may be some conflicting views among these authors on how to accomplish whatever they have to say, but it’s important to read and know others ideas and opinions on many differing subjects to help you hone your own. I hope you will enjoy and I would love to know what you think of these selections. And please, pass on to me any books you have enjoyed as well.
Avanti and ciao until next time. Carol
- Year of the King, an actor’s diary and sketchbook – Anthony Sher (A wonderfully authentic account of the experience of creating a performance.)
- Audition Success – Don Greene, PH.D. (Gives musicians a concrete set of skills to achieve the concentrated focus needed in these critical moments.)
- The Best of You, Winning auditions your way – Craig Wallace (Craig’s no-nonsense approach and love for actors shines through every page of this practical and concise guide to auditioning.)
- The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday (The timeless art of turning trials into triumph.)
- The Open Door – Peter Brook (Thoughts on acting and theatre.)
- Reading for the Plot – Peter Brook (design and intention in narrative.)
- Acting for Singers – David Ostwald (Creating believable singing characters.)
- A Good Talk – Daniel Menaker (The story and skill of conversation.)
- You Are Enough – David J. Walker (Self explanatory and a great read.)
- Performing in the Zone – Jon Gorrie (Unleash your true performing potential.)
- The Empty Voice – Leon Major with Michael Laing (The means to examine characters, plot and the conflicts in any scene in depth.)
- Aria Ready, The Business of Singing – Carol Kirkpatrick (Gain the personal and business skills and tools needed to build and sustain a singing career.)
- The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle (The book that explains how talent grows in the brain, and how you can grow more of it.)