IN THE BEGINNING
THE FILM YEARS
I met and worked with some amazing creatives during the film and television years. Get ready for the name-dropping bit: Dame Helen Mirren, Nigel Hawthorn, Sir Nicholas Hytner (Director), Alan Bennett (writer), Bob Hoskins, Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Eddie Izzard, Christian Bale, Patricia Arquette, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Brian De Palmer (Director), Bill Nighy, Simon Pegg, Penelope Wilton, Nick Frost, Tom Cruise, Ian Holme, Christopher Hampton (Director), John Cleese and the rubbery faced Rowan Atkinson. You may remember the episode where Mr Bean gets his hand stuck in a teapot and goes to Casualty. He jumps the queue by stealing a ticket from a lady plastered from head to toe; well that was my handy work – the bandages and plastering. Click here if you want to watch that segment.
You will see me in the credits for films like ‘The Madness of King George‘ and ‘Shaun of the Dead.’ I was dreaming about zombies for weeks. I’ve also worked on various adverts (Pampers, Curries, Rimmel with Kate Moss) and music promos for acts including UB40, Lisa Scott-Lee and Placebo.
THE DAY I WOKE IN A SWEAT!
And no, it wasn’t menopause!
My leap from nursing to singing was more of a push really. I woke up one morning coupled with a cold sweat and a choking feeling. In the preceding dream or nightmare, I died and was journeying to the next world. Throughout my ‘passing’ I was plagued with regret; regret that I hadn’t followed my passion for music and singing – regret that my life had concluded without it reaching its full potential.
I decided there and then that I would focus all my energy into following my dreams and reaching my potential. A focus I continue today.
LEARNING & PERFORMING
I received a BA in Music Education (Jazz) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2000.
In the past, I’ve studied with some of the best jazz singers, musicians and educators in the jazz world including Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Madeline Eastman, Kurt Elling, Billy Taylor, Mark Levine, Anita Wardell, Norma Winstone and Cleo Lane
I’ve performed professionally in Australia, UK and USA. My performance experience includes jazz, gospel and classical choirs; as a chorus member, featured soloist and feature singer for big bands. I’ve run quartets, trios and duos, working a bit in professional musical theatre and light classical shows (G&S).
FINDING MY VOICE & PURPOSE
Although I was enjoying my time as a performer, I felt unsatisfied with my vocal control. So I began to search for a technique, which was relevant to my voice. Within the search and finding of that technique; and the training that followed, I noticed a switch in my mindset. My passion to perform was morphing into a passion to help performers. I went from thinking, “I can sing that better than her” to “I can help her sing that better.” With my own vocal control established, I continued studying and honing my techniques to help others gain the same vocal freedom.
Moving to London in 2002 it was clear that there was an open market for a contemporary vocal technique that could give singers a strong, blended sound, using prescribed exercises specific to the individual’s vocal needs. So I set up a studio as a singing teacher in NW London.
THE BIRTH OF THE PERFORMERS EDGE & A SINGING TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
In 2006 I was invited to do a series of guest lectures at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Surrey. This lead to a regular position as a singing tutor at the school and eventually in April of 2008, being asked to take on the position of Head of Vocal Department. This role taught me a huge amount and allowed me to develop a contemporary vocal curriculum that incorporated solid vocal techniques combined with musicianship, style and performance skills across part-time, BTEC, CertHE and Degree levels courses. It was here I began designing and developing The Performer’s Edge programme for artist and performers, which has now morphed into The Creator’s Edge. It was also here that a bunch of singing students convinced me to put on a short course to help them become singing teachers…more on that over at BAST Training
ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS
In 2011 I decided I wanted to refocus on my business so I left ACM and began developing a broader spectrum of singing instruction, incorporating performance psychology, artistic development and vocal science. This led me an MSc at UCL in Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) neatly combining my medical training with the performing arts. Think sports medicine for performers!
I used to be worried that I was too much a ‘Jack of all trades’. Over the past few years, with the help of friends, coaches, clients and mentors, I have come to realise that my diverse qualifications, training and experience is actually an amazing resource for my clients. I now own that ‘Jack’ title with pride and joy. One of my clients once said, “You’re like a Swiss Knife in coaching”. I was rather tickled when he said that as not only do I like Swiss Knives and own couple, but I am also half Swiss!
Another key factor to coming to terms with my mixed bag has been the elimination of limiting beliefs such as, “I’m not good enough”, “I don’t have what it takes”, “People will judge me negatively” and “I’m stupid”. I LOVE zapping limiting beliefs! So liberating.
These days I coach high performers from the performing arts and the business worlds who are ready to transform and step into a better version of themselves. I love nothing more than to use my portfolio of experience and training to help people build and develop their confidence, performance and resilience so they too can go out and create their ideal life without limits.
As well as working with private clients you may also find me delivering presentations, seminars, and talks on vocal health, entrepreneurship, confidence and mindset at music industry events and organisations, colleges and universities.
Wishing you all the best in life, love and career.
I don’t perform these days but below are some recordings from when I was.
QUALS, TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS
- General Nurse: working in the areas of General and Surgical medicine, Orthopaedics, CCU, Pathology, call centre Health Advice and Occupational Health in general staff and managerial roles)
- B.Mus Ed (Jazz)
- MSc Performing Arts Medicine
- Mental Health First Aider
- Clinical Hypnotherapist (Cl. Hyp)
- Rapid Transformational Therapist (RTT) A pioneering therapy based on neuroscience that offers fast, effective results by combining the most beneficial principles of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP, and CBT
- Lefkoe Method Training 1-3 Elimination of limiting beliefs
- Transition Excellence Coach Leadership coaching. International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredits Transition Excellence for Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units
Other notable positions: