Wendy Parr: Vocal Coaching & Authenticity vs Perfection

This week we’re welcome internationally renowned celebrity vocal coach, teacher, performer, and award-winning songwriter Wendy Parr to the show. Wendy has 25 years of vocal coaching experience, and has gained industry acclaim for her signature style of teaching and artist development. Her clients include artists such as Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor and A Great Big World, and her song “Dreams on Fire” (produced and co-written by AR Rahman) is featured on the GRAMMY Award winning Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. Wendy also leads The Artist’s Circle, a monthly event based out of New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville where musicians, vocalists, songwriters and producers come together to grow, get community support, and transform their careers.Highlights:- Authenticity fuels Wendy’s approach to artist development- Wendy is a truth seeker, a truth sayer, and is always curious- Wendy believes that when an artist gets lost in their music, that’s actually them being found- We hear how Wendy started out as a performer and was the only white performer in an all black musical- Wendy tells us how she became too focused on perfection and wanted to get back to authenticity- Authenticity and being genuine is way more interesting than perfection- In trying to be perfect, you’re trying to be one thing, and depriving yourself and others of the rest of your personality- There is no such thing as perfection - everyone has a different idea of what that means- There is a great value in enhancing your skills so you can express your passion more effectively- Being a great vocalist is different from being a great artist - they aren’t always linked- We talk about the misconceptions and fears artists sometimes have about working with a vocal coach- We learn that Wendy is a fan of using basketball metaphors to describe vocal coaching!- Wendy tells us about The Artist’s Circle and how it’s helping artists connect and support each other- All artists can learn from each other, regardless of what level they are atAdvice:- Singing is an athletic sport - and you need a coach to keep your voice in shape- It’s important to find a vocal coach that is going to help YOU and not fulfil their own agenda- If someone is providing you a service and they make you feel that you need them, you don’t- When you’re being real and genuine, you’re building trust with your audience- Know what you want your audience to experience, and don’t try to be all things to all people- Getting on stage is the best way to discover how to be true to your audienceGuest links:- Website: http://wendyparr.com- Twitter: @wendyparr- Facebook: /wendyparrmusic- Instagram: @wendyparrSponsors:- Alyssa Parma (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqlkLurzyYE)- Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents (http://chriskeaton.com)- Buck Naked Soap Company (http://bucknakedsoapcompany.com)- Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses (http://thirtyroses.com)---For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.comFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlanticSubscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunesSupport us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

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