Acting in Plays, Singing/Career related queries

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Hi! I'm a guitarist cum singer from India. Its been four months that I have started to learn singing from a professional coach here and I do practice everyday as per his advice. I'm trying to put in as much effort as I can to make my career in music and I can feel the improvement in my voice each day. Do you think that in the present world, it is so to easy to earn name and fame only through hardwork? If not what other steps should I follow in order to become a renowned professional in the near future?

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Hello, Biswadeep –

Thank you for the question.

There is no simple answer to your question. A career in the performing arts requires hard work all the time – no matter which area of it you want to pursue. Those who become well known – or renowned – have all come to their success a different way. It’s all about opportunity – those that come your way and those you create. Then it’s about what you do with that opportunity.

No one can tell you if you will succeed within a period of time you describe as “the near future”.

The first thing you must have is a product, starting with a large number of songs that are polished and ready to be presented to an audience, a producer, or perhaps at an audition. That takes time to accumulate. But it’s the best method or tool for assessing what kind of shape your voice is in, what kind of physical shape YOU are in, and if your material suits you and appeals to the audience you are trying to reach.

After that first performance, you will have a more informed perspective on what to do next.

How soon until we get to hear you?
Where are you going to present your material?
Are you ready for the reviewers to come?

Keep me posted.

I am a vocal coach to working singers and actors in the San Francisco Bay Area. When you want to make an appointment, contact me at:  BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com.

I am also published on:
HuffingtonPost.com -- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield
Examiner.com -- http://www.examiner.com/classical-music-in-san-francisco/sean-martinfield
FabulousFilmSongs.com -- http://www.fabulousfilmsongs.com/seans-page/

Below are links to my recent articles, interviews, and YouTubes:

A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist with San Francisco Ballet
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/a-profile-of-hansuke-yamamoto-sol

“Jesus Christ Superstar” and Rock Star Ted Neeley – Behold, The Man!
http://www.fabulousfilmsongs.com/jesus-christ-superstar-and-rock-star-ted-neeley

BARRY DENNEN – A Conversation with the Pilate of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, at the Castro Theatre, 3/17
http://www.fabulousfilmsongs.com/barry-dennen-a-conversation-with-the-pilate-of-

On Jeanette MacDonald: Why should we care?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fBUoaBdBAc

A Conversation with Pianist Hélène Grimaud – At Davies Symphony Hall, 2/15–16
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/a-conversation-with-pianist-helen

Composer Michael Kaulkin – Introducing New Works with 'Lieder Alive!’
http://www.examiner.com/article/composer-michael-kaulkin-introducing-new-works-w

A Conversation with Soprano Lydia Teuscher – Now at Davies Hall, 1/30–1/31
http://www.examiner.com/article/a-conversation-with-soprano-lydia-teuscher-now-a

Organist Paul Jacobs – On Messiaen’s ‘Livre du Saint-Sacrement’
http://www.examiner.com/article/organist-paul-jacobs-on-messiaen-s-livre-du-sain

A Profile of Choreographer Val Caniparoli – 20th Anniversaries for ‘Lambarena’ and ‘Lady of the Camellias’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/a-profile-of-choreographe_b_64467

Pianist Orli Shaham on ‘Grand Pianola Music’ by John Adams
http://www.examiner.com/article/pianist-orli-shaham-on-grand-pianola-music-by-jo

Eddie Muller on Noir City 13 and the Rescue of ‘Woman on the Run’
http://www.examiner.com/article/eddie-muller-on-noir-city-15-and-the-rescue-of-w

Composer Michael Kaulkin – Introducing New Works with 'Lieder Alive!’
http://www.examiner.com/article/composer-michael-kaulkin-introducing-new-works-w

In Conversation with Debby Boone
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/in-conversation-with-debb_b_62535

“Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone”
http://www.fabulousfilmsongs.com/please-dont-talk-2/

Tenor Michael Fabiano – On ‘La Bohème’, Now at San Francisco Opera
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/tenor-michael-fabiano-on-_b_61840

Joanne Polk – On ‘The Flatterer, Piano Music of Cécile Chaminade’
http://www.examiner.com/review/speaking-with-joanne-polk-the-flatterer-piano-mus

Filmmaker Judy Irving – On ‘Pelican Dreams’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/filmmaker-judy-irving-on-_b_60648

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo – A Stunning Debut in ‘Partenope’ at San Francisco Opera
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/countertenor-anthony-roth_b_60444

A Conversation with Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/a-conversation-with-bassb_b_59947

Steve Wilson on 'The Making of Gone with the Wind'
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/steve-wilson-on-the-makin_b_59237

Tenor Stuart Skelton on Peter Grimes
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/tenor-stuart-skelton-on-p_b_55087

‘Susannah’ at San Francisco Opera – Final Performance, 9/21
http://www.examiner.com/review/susannah-at-san-francisco-opera-final-performance

The Alloy Orchestra Meets ‘Son of the Sheik’ at San Francisco’s Silent Film Festival
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/the-alloy-orchestra-meets_b_58380

Bass-Baritone Christian Van Horn – A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield/bassbaritone-christian-va_b_58212

Meeting Jeanette MacDonald in “San Francisco”
http://www.fabulousfilmsongs.com/meeting-soprano-jeanette-macdonald-in-san-franc

Best regards,
Sean Martinfield  

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I am a professional vocal coach in San Francisco. I have published over 3300 responses related to vocal training - particularly as it relates to Musical Theatre, Pop/Standard, and Opera. I have 30 years of experience as a personal trainer to working singers and actors in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sang professionally for 20 years and know what it means to live the life of a musician. I can determine your voice category, i.e., Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Alto Belter, etc., and how to broaden and strengthen your range. Need an audition song for a Broadway Musical? I can assist you with your song selections and help you build an audition portfolio that demonstrates your vocal category and meets the requirements specified in the audition notice. I have created a vocal methodology, "The Belter`s Method". It will enable those in Cabaret and Musical Theatre to practice more efficiently because it focuses on the vocal demands of professional performers and will keep you performance-ready. If what you want is a better voice and more control over your career moves and choices, contact me at: BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com I am also a music and cultural critic for HuffingtonPost.com and Examiner.com. I interview internationally recognized musicians, singers, dancers, and recording artists -- particularly those who are now appearing or scheduled to perform in San Francisco.

Experience

As a vocal coach, I work primarily with singers and actors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. My students range from absolute beginners to working professionals, from kids to senior citizens. The vast majority of my clients come to me through recommendation. I know how to identify any singer's vocal category, i.e., soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, etc. I know how to muscle-up every singer's vocal range and to expand it beyond conventional definitions. I have developed a vocal methodology for those who want to know how to belt, THE BELTER'S METHOD. There are a number of major components to my work as a vocal coach. The first is to identify the client's vocal category and to strengthen and maximize the vocal range accordingly. Then it's about teaching a reliable vocal workout that will enable the client to gain better control of their musicianship. That includes scale work to expand the vocal range and to improve placement, breath control, and diction. Then we work on material for the audition portfolio, the immediate job or assignment, a recording session, etc. My task to is to better equip singers and actors who are hoping to or relying upon their performance skills and vocal endurance to maintain a career in the Performing Arts. My clients regularly appear in cabarets and musical productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some have worked in New York and gone on National Tours. For more information, Contact me at: Broadwaybelters@yahoo.com

Publications
HuffingtonPost.com Examiner.com FabulousFilmSongs.com SanFranciscoSentinel.com

Education/Credentials
San Francisco State University – BA in Theatre Arts; graduate work in Theatre, Philosophy, and Comparative Reiligion. Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley – Graduate work in Ethics

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