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I have been writing these helpful performance blogs for over 15 years. Please take a few minutes to read a few and let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

PRODUCING YOUR FIRST CD

PRODUCING YOUR FIRST CD

NOTE:  Most of us no longer produce a tangible CD...people are going straight to iTunes or downloadable links on Amazon or to radio programs like Spotify but people are still recording and these helpful hints still apply!When I do a road trip as I have been doing a lot lately due to many out of town gigs, I usually take all the new CDs that people have sent to me or passed off to me and I listen to them while driving because I am, well, a captive audience. I do this when considering new son...
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SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS...A "ME TOO" STORY!

SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS...A "ME TOO" STORY!

In 2018 for a period of about 3 weeks I was viciously trolled on Facebook. It was quite the learning experience, albeit and horrible way to learn. Let me share some things with you that could help you if you are ever faced with something like this.Just because someone isn't posting day-to-day updates does not mean that they are doing nothing. I had a team of friends (angels) working behind the scenes to help but was advised that I should not engage. We had done EVERYTHING so, well-meaning co...
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SINGING IN NEW YORK

SINGING IN NEW YORK

This week I want to talk about how hard it is to start into and then be in this business.So, what does it take to be a singer on the New York Cabaret Scene? Honestly (and firstly), it takes MONEY! I hate to say it but it's true. I should be leading with TALENT as the first thing but, as we all know, no matter how talented you are, if you are not in a position to self-produce, no one will know how talented you are. Getting sponsors and/or producers to pay for your show expenses is a...
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WHAT IS THE APAP CONVENTION?

WHAT IS THE APAP CONVENTION?

APAP stands for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. and is based in Washington D.C. Every year APAP comes to the NY Hilton on 6th Ave. @ 54th Street for a 5- day convention. It’s usually held the 1st weekend of January. Every year I get asked these questions about APAP because I have participated and have managed booths for myself and others. I thought I’d share the information with all of you.Basically, it’s a convention where people with talent (under the umbrella ...
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WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT SINGING FROM SAILING

WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT SINGING FROM SAILING

I have sailed for over 20 years. It always makes me sad to dry dock the boat for the season but I realized that many lessons that I have learned from sailing actually apply to Cabaret.While there is so much prep work before the actual trip, the more that I think about what I will need for this trip (food, ice, water, clothing) the more prepared I am for a successful sail.Much like when I begin a new show, the more I research my material, study my lyrics, write and rewrite my script, practice wit...
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PERFORMANCE PET PEEVES - PART 2

PERFORMANCE PET PEEVES - PART 2

All of the issues are from various shows. While no show or performers will be named, I offer these random observations for the purpose of growth. Sometimes shows teach us what NOT to do! One person at an Open Mic had such a tremendous R&B voice but they had no mic technique and literally blasted us out of the room. Sometimes loud is just loud. You have a great, big voice but I could not hear you! Going along with the “less can be more idea”, sometimes when it comes to creating an...
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"BOO BOO KITTY" MOMENTS

"BOO BOO KITTY" MOMENTS

If you are one of my younger readers, you may not know what the heck this is, so I’ll explain. Perhaps you have happened upon a re-run of the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley”…No? If not, whenever either one of them had a bad day or something bad or sad happened, they had a Boo Boo Kitty Moment. They actually had a stuffed cat named Boo Boo Kitty (see above) that they would just cuddle when they felt blue. Fortunately, I have a Boo Boo Husband for these moments!So…wh...
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PERFORMANCE PET PEEVES - PART 1

PERFORMANCE PET PEEVES - PART 1

When I used to write for Stu Hamsta, the favorite columns, the ones that got the biggest bump-up on website hits, were the Pet Peeves Columns….Here’s one of what will be many I’m sure! On overstaying your welcome...a Cabaret show, no matter how good, should be 50-60 minutes inclusive of your fake encore, unless the club requires you to do a longer show. Some ask for 1:10-1:15 show and bigger names/stars are afforded longer shows. But, when people start looking at their watches...
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STUFF TO AVOID WHEN PERFORMING

STUFF TO AVOID WHEN PERFORMING

On dressing for stage...If you are not comfortable in your shoes or performance outfit, it can be very distracting to the audience to watch you pull at your clothes or shift from foot-to-foot. Try to pick clothes that make you feel like a million bucks so that when you step on stage, you can focus on your singing. Also, "test drive" your false eyelashes and get used to them.NOTE: Look at yourself in a mirror in a sitting position as well if you plan to use the stool. Yikes, I saw this ...
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SINGING THROUGH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES

SINGING THROUGH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES

I do not know one person who hasn’t had some serious life challenges. When you’re a singer though, with shows booked, how do you find it in your heart to get on stage and perform when something painful happens? How do you motivate? How do you buck up to entertain when you just feel like crawling under your blankets and sleeping for a week? Well, let’s talk about this today.I once walked into Don’t Tell Mama’s after driving directly to the club after a very traumatic...
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