Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Montreal Girl Geeks: Anna Goodson / Entrepreneurial Freedom

A fun and informative session was presented tonight at Montreal Girl Geeks by Anna Goodson, the well-known artist rep. Tips and thoughts conveyed:

> Believe in yourself and your idea (no one else will)
> Be creative
> Hard to put a price on freedom
> You can do what you want
> Sometimes naive is good: when you don't know that you can't do something, you try
> Challenge yourself and takes risks
> Network Network Network : It's not how much you know but who you know
> Learn to get by with little money
> Have a vision (define it) - if you know what you want you can figure out how to get there
> Respect (and be nice to) the gatekeepers (receptionists)
> Negotiation: be confident in what you are selling, if you believe it is valuable asking for its value will be respected - people expect to pay for what a product is worth (don't undercut yourself) - don't be cocky, be confident

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Music camps for jazz vocalists

A number of people have recently asked me about music summer camps that I've attended. Here are the names and links for more information of all of the camps that I've attended or want to attend:

Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp near Chicago - Jay Clayton is on faculty! A definite place to be for Jazz Vocalists

Bobby McFerrin, Circlesong workshop - probably the chance of a lifetime to learn from the master vocalist - Rhinebeck, New York.

New York Voices Summer Camp great opportunity to study vocal jazz with New York's finest jazz vocalists - Bowling Green Ohio

Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps choose from 3 locations: Michigan, Wisconsin, New York - good opportunity to learn more about jazz music and theory.

Lakefield Summer Jazz Camp near Peterborough Ontario, fun way to learn - lots of choice for jazz vocalists

Domaine Forget Jazz week as well as Jazz vocalist weekend - near La Malbaie in Quebec

Camp Musical Asbestos, Quebec

Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camp Louisville, Kentucky

Cammac: summer camp north of Montreal at Lake MacDonald. There is a week dedicated to Jazz (instrumentalists) and a week for Broadway and Musical Theatre. Limited course selection for Jazz Vocalists.