My husband is a doctor, and in order to become a doctor, a person has to go to a lot of school and study a lot of medical type things.
There are tests, so many tests, and there are rotations, and there’s residency (where you work for nearly three days straight but are paid next to nothing), and, for some doctors, there’s fellowship and further training before finally, finally, they get to start practicing medicine.
It’s a long haul, but most people say it’s worth it.
(I know, I know, maybe at this point you’re thinking, “but Rivki, how is this related to the topic of this post?” Bear with me here)
There is one thing though, that I’ve heard over and over again, which is that an appalling percentage of a doctor’s time is spent doing things like writing notes, dealing with insurance, dealing with the details of managing an office or trying to decide what kind of practice to join, working with the support staff or being frustrated by administrative decisions.
In short, a lot of practicing medicine doesn’t really have anything to do with medicine at all.
And that is, I think, true in a lot of areas of life. You may have a talent or skill or passion, but there can be a whole lot of other things, other steps, other unexciting yet important details that need to be taken care of before you can fulfill your potential.
That’s why you see opportunities like this one by the OU’s Women’s Initiative, to help intermediate and advanced speakers hone their skills and really progress. Note that it’s not for beginners, it’s for people who already have the skills on some level, but it acknowledges that there are certain skills that, when acquired, can really take things to the next level.
And it’s why I was so excited when Chanale messaged me to let me know about the incredible performing masterclass that she’s offering on how to navigate the ins and outs of the performance world.
In case you don’t know Chanale, she is the incredibly talented singer, songwriter, producer and recording engineer. She also makes really funny videos sometimes (did I mention that she’s talented?).
She has six albums, a dozen hit songs, 600 performances world-wide, 5 children’s DVDs and 20 years of experience in the field, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll be in good hands as she shares the tips and tricks she’s learned over the years to help you move past whatever blockages you might be experiencing.
Just look at the topics she’s covering, it’s marvelous:
- How to prep for your performances
- What to include in a contract
- How to determine a fair price
- Ways to practice
- Tips for entertaining all kinds of audiences
- How to get more regular gigs
- and more, too, I just got tired of typing it all out.
I mean, what performer, aspiring, or even somewhat established, wouldn’t want this?
And the cost is incredibly accessible, it’s only $99, which is really a steal. For comparison, the OU program is $275 (also affordable for this kind of thing), and I know that private professional coaching can be considerably more.
Why am I gushing about this to you? What’s in it for me? Nothing. I just love Chanale, I think she is talented and generous, and I wanted to spread the word about her masterclass. That’s it.
So maybe this masterclass is for you, and if it’s not for you, maybe you know someone it’s for.
I just love that Chanale is doing this. What a fantastic idea.