Friday, July 18, 2014

What do I do about that GAP in my resume?

I have been somewhat MIA - but busy!  I am not neglecting my blog my sweet snowflakes, I promise!

This comment - the gap in the resume - came up several times this week.  Whenever something seems to become a theme or sub-theme I always believe the Universe is asking me to pay attention and perhaps address it.

What do I do about this gap in my resume?

I can't be auditioning with this gap in my resume.

Others don't have a gap in their resume, and "they" will know I haven't been doing anything.


These are some of the things I have heard recently.

You know me well enough to know that I usually answer with a question (I am becoming my Dad).

So my question is:  what gap??? you weren't living during this time????

You have DATES ON YOUR RESUME?!?!?!? WHY!?!?!?!?

First - take off the dates.  Who cares when?  Did you do it, or didn't you?

Second and more importantly:  what is a "gap"?

I would respectfully suggest to you that you simply replace the word "gap" with the word "life" or "experience" or "exploration" or SOMETHING!!!

What is this "gap"???

If you are asking these questions,  I gently suggest to you that perhaps you are trying to create the excuses of why no one wants to hear you.

Why are you feeling that way?

There is no such thing as a "gap".

Life happens.  That isn't a gap - that is actually a FILL.

Life fills and fulfills.  Life changes you.  Experience makes a difference. 

Becoming an artist demands some life.  You BETTER take a gap!

If you are letting these "gaps" in your resume stop you,  you are making excuses.  If you say you wanna sing,  then sing!  Let "life" inform that singing and that artistry!

A resume isn't about the gaps.  A resume is a paper that informs those sitting at the table what you have done,  ( not WHEN),  where you've been,  where you're headed, how you've prepared and WHY YOU ARE THERE NOW.

Why you are here NOW is the most important revelation.

If you cannot deliver that WHY NOW then nothing on that paper matters.  What you have done shapes you.  Not just on that paper,  but what is NOT on that paper.  Some of you would call it a "gap".  I would call it life.

Life shapes you.  Life challenges you.  Life changes you.

And THAT is what you bring with you in that moment of audition.

If all you do is work work work,  are you living?  Sometimes.  Sometimes not.  Are you learning anything or wasting your time?  Are you working or just taking a paycheck/pay cheque?

Gaps mean life.

Gaps mean study.

Gaps mean tragedy.

Gaps mean change.

Gaps mean breathing room.

Gaps mean laughter.

Gaps mean decision.

Gaps mean choice.

Gaps mean life.

Yes I book-ended that on purpose.

If you have taken a time to LIVE,  and that is vivid and real, then it should reveal itself in your artistry.  If it is vital and alive in your artistry, then it will be present in how you audition, and what you can bring to a role and a production.

So, what do you do?

You audition.  You show them what you choose to reveal about YOU.  Which, after a "gap" should be even more than there was before it!

 Using a "gap" as an excuse, is saying your life experience - good, bad & indifferent - is insignificant.  Really? REALLY???  Get rid of your "gap" and FILL IT IN!



Saturday, June 28, 2014

VOICE INTENSIVES PLANNED FOR TORONTO IN AUGUST!

FINALLY!

I will be back in Toronto to teach one-on-one intensives August 15/16/17, 2014.



If you are interested in more info or to book a session, please email me directly with your resume/head shot and enquiry:  susaneichhornstudio@gmail.com

I plan to be in Toronto again for workshops ONLY early in the fall.  Watch for that info!


ETA:  sessions are wait-list ONLY.  If you still want time, email me and let me know and I will keep you on the cancellation list.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

That audition room - the beginning of the reveal!

happy SUMMER!

Summer Solstice always gives me feelings of magic and of possibility...

So how about we CLAIM that magic and possibility???

Let's talk,  the dreaded audition room.

(Trust me,  I am groaning with you!)

How I wish I could get each of you in the room with me,  get my hands on you and watch you claim your magic and your space...but alas,  the blog will have to try to provide some insight...

The audition room isn't inviting.

The audition room is surreal.

I have no idea what just happened in the audition room.

Why can I do it just fine in the studio and then I blow it in the audition room????


Sound familiar?


Okay my beautiful, unique and precious snowflakes...here goes.

The audition room is magic ONLY when you are present there.

Take a second....let that one absorb a little....

The audition room IS inviting when you are present there.

The audition room is REAL when you are present there.

You will know EXACTLY what happens in the audition room when you are PRESENT.

Are you truly present in the studio?  Or pretending?  If you are present, then you have the power to be present in the audition room!

I have started offering audition master classes through the summer.  It is always a great way for me to see/watch/learn from my singers in this environment.  In the studio,  they know they are safe - it's a nest of sorts - one I work hard to create to explore in (and then push you out of - fly, be free!!)

HOWEVER...

I don't get the privilege of watching you in the audition room.  Suddenly in that environment things change don't they?

There's a whole lot of "too" that happens...

TOO perky.
TOO tense.
TOO fast.
TOO scared.
TOO held.
TOO annoying.

Did I say TOO perky?  yeah, that one needs to be said twice.

Here's a little secret:  The audition?  It is YOURS.  It doesn't belong to anybody else.  You aren't invading some one's space.  You don't need to permission to be there.  Those people sitting at the table and the guy/gal at the piano?  They have a job only because YOU are there to audition.  Seriously!  Nobody auditions,  no point in sitting there right?

So, if it is YOURS,  why are you rushing?  why are you not present?  why are you freaking yourself out?

First thing:  what are you CHOOSING to reveal in the room?  And it is a choice.  If you do not make a conscious decision of what you want to reveal and focus on that,  what is often revealed is literally what you don't want them to see (nerves, perkiness, annoying behavior,  amateur-esque-ness).

So,  if it is to your choosing - what do you want to reveal?
Remember it is an audition.  This isn't the time to get deep and artistic (hard for us who are deep and artistic!)  I love my casting friends,  but let's get real:  during an audition day their attention is...squirrel! If you have nothing real to say.

You know what I'm saying here...

So if you make it complex,  they are just gonna notice that dust bunny under the piano....or that broken nail...or message me on facebook!

it is YOUR audition.

They will pay attention to you ONLY when you claim it.  If you have something to say,  and something to reveal,  then and only then will it have a chance of being heard.

Choose and claim your REVEAL.  Choose ONE THING.  Complicated doesn't work in the audition room.  For ANYBODY.

Then something as simple as being present comes into focus.  Are you really present?

I beg to differ.  This is something we ALL need to be aware of.  Often we are already out of the room before we even enter the room.

We just want to be done!

Once you learn to claim and be present,  you will enjoy the magic you can create literally every step you take.

How many of you actually know which foot you stepped into the room with?  Yeah, THAT present.

Did you smile?  With your teeth or without?

Did you speak?  (In the words of the character of Helen Sinclair in "Bullets Over Broadway":  Don't Speak!")

Seriously.  You aren't there to visit,  to be buddy buddy,  to "hi guys" people at the casting table.   You are there to reveal to be considered for a job.  Period.

How many steps did it take to get to the piano?  Try counting.  That is really staying present.

Did you breathe with each step?  Are you holding your breath while you walk? 
Where is your energy in your body as you walk?

Did you make eye contact with the pianist?  Did you notice what color their shoes were?

How many seconds did you take to ground yourself before your intro/bell tone?

Did you remind yourself about your focus of reveal before you took your first singing breath?

How many people are in the room?

How many seconds did it take before they looked up when you started singing?


Most of you (and trust me, neither was I many moons ago!) are not that present. 

I challenge you to BE that present.

Don't try to do ALL of it in the first audition of being aware.  Start out simply with 1.  what foot did I enter the room with?  2.  how many steps did I take to get to the piano?  3.  How many seconds did I take before I started to sing in order to actually BREATHE?!  4.  How many steps did it take to LEAVE the room?  (your audition is still happening - even back in the dreaded jazz hands hallway!)

Start exploring your REVEAL.  What about YOU are you CHOOSING to reveal in the room? 

It is a choice.

And then get and STAY present.  Literally one step at a time.

Happy summer auditioning! 







I HAVE A NEW WEBSITE!!!!!

I am thrilled to reveal my NEW WEBSITE!

www.susaneichhornstudio.com

Has been re-designed, re-booted,  and re-claimed!!!

Thanks to Amanda de Souza Design for the amazing work - and bringing me into the 21st century!

Everything is there - and more will be added as we at Susan Eichhorn Studio, continue to plot and scheme and create more magic for YOU to claim yours!


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Follow me on twitter,  join my facebook page,   book sessions directly from the site and click on the blog from there!

AND it looks great on your phone!!!

And watch for new additions....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Social Media plugs

I am now on SoundCloud - some of the tracks from my album "Taking My Turn" are available there to listen to!

https://soundcloud.com/susan-eichhorn-young

You can download the complete album via iTunes or CDBaby

If you want a physical CD - email me!

More blog posts coming soon!