The best advice I can give is – don’t always listen to advice! When I was in fourth grade my teacher told me not to sing during the Christmas pageant – “Just stand over by the Christmas tree dear, and mouth the words.” I took her advice to heart for many years, convinced I couldn’t sing. When I enrolled at Cal State LA as an instrumental music major I found out that part of the curriculum included a voice class. I told the teacher “I can’t sing”. “Nonsense”, she told me. Well, I ended up four years later with a double major and degrees in both instrumental and vocal music. I sang with many different choral groups in the Los Angeles area and here on the Central Coast with Vocal Arts,and as a soloist with Pacific Repertory Opera, Pismo Light Opera Theater and the Pozo Bel Canto Quartet. My singing career included Rosina in The Barber of Seville and the title role in Carmen. So the advice to “mouth the words”? – how wonderful that another teacher showed me the talent I had.
So, what I’ve learned is; advice is freely given and not always right. If you really aspire to do something, don’t let one or two nay-sayers discourage you. Feed your artful soul and find your creative niche. There are people out there who will give you wonderful advice, support and encouragement – cultivate them and the sky’s the limit!