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  • NAB - Tips for Singing Appts as a Dancer First 05/25/2018  11:34am

    So...I'd like consider myself a triple threat. But of the 3, singing definitely comes last. My dancing usually gets me past initial dancer calls but I feel I hit a wall with singing. I know I need work, I know I can warmup more, I know I need voice lessons I KNOW. However at the moment I can't afford my voice teacher as often as I'd like. I have a bit of a fear of singing too due to not so nice comments in the past. I have a decent voice, but I can't seem to get through a song (when singing in front of people mostly lol) without my throat drying up/closing up on me, and uncontrollable shaking. Vocal inconsistency has been my problem for years and it's so annoying.

    SO. If you're still reading this (thanx), any tips or responses from anyone who can relate appreciated. #GetPastVocalAppts2k18


    I say all of this as someone who started out as a singer first:
    Consider the singing itself to be the least important component of performing a song. Even though you consider yourself a dancer first, when doing anything in musical theatre, you are an ACTOR first. A storyteller. Think of a song as a monologue set to music. Who are you talking to? What do you want from them? Why are you choosing to say these words? Why are you singing instead of speaking? A renowned music director once told me "it's not about how it sounds; it's about NOT CARING how it sounds." As soon as you let go of the psychological block, most of the problems you mentioned will diminish.

    bwaylvsong 05/25/2018  12:09pm

    So sorry to hear this. I’ve been in the opposite situation where dancing made me super super nervous, so I definitely can understand where you’re coming from!
    Motivated Movers is offering a “Sing Through Your Fear” workshop that was designed to help people in this exact situation.

    sweetcsh 05/25/2018  12:12pm

    What bwaylvsong said is spot on. I would also say, don’t even think about comparing yourself to anyone else. They will always need confident actor/dancers. In my situation, when I finally accepted that I wasn’t going to be able to “fool anyone” into thinking I had 18+ years of dance training like those around me, I had a lot more fun in dance calls, did my best and focused on the acting instead of everything I was doing wrong, and it helped immensely. Show yourself off in your dancing and show how awesome you are to work with and how great of an actor you are the entire time!

    Oneofmany 05/27/2018  11:27am

    Girl I’m in the same boat! I suggest keep searching for affordable voice lessons because they have helped me immensely! It has improved my technique and helped my confidence. They can give you some throat opening exercises and can help release tension. Even though it may be physcological, I drink a lot of water before I go in to sing because I find it keeps my throat more lubricated and won’t dry out. I also agree with the above of focusing on performing and acting the song and finding pieces of music that allow you to do this! It will help make you feel more comfortable. Some may disagree, but I also find that moving around a little and being physical while singing helps me too. Even just standing hip width a part in plie helps me feel more grounded and access more power.

    dance10looks3sing5 05/27/2018  8:59pm