"When it is concerning the human anatomy, there are no “cutting corners”.
Yesterday, on November the 27th (traditionally) to celebrate my husband’s birthday, we went to Niagara Falls to watch a Christmas skating show know as Christmas On Ice.
We have been there last year and two years before, and I have to say the last year’s show was the worst out of all. There were only about 10% of the original cast participating in the show (skating, dancing and singing). We were wondering then why there were young and inexperienced skaters trying to resemble something remotely reminding the original show.
In all three categories, the performers were very amateur and clearly inexperienced. They were hardly rehearsed, the pace of the show was vary fast, vary loud and very chaotic. It was also very poorly directed.
Watching yesterday’s show, we were very pleased to see (for the most part) the original cast (experienced skaters, dancers and singers). They were outstanding!!
On the way back home, (which is about two hours away), my husband and I were discussing all of the above, and came to the conclusion that the last year, the Fallsview Casino, had decided to save some money and refused to pay (perhaps the union fees) for the experienced, skaters dancers and singers, and thus the show was kind of “second handed”. Most likely, there was just an open call for second-rate performers who obviously did not cost the casino that much money, and that was the result.
My readers probably know that I am a huge fan of figure skating, but on the premise of last year’s show, I almost did not want to attend this time. I am glad I did. The show was superb, the cast was great and the quality of everything that they were doing was outstanding!
What does this tell you?
Last year, they wanted to throw a cheap parody of what was once called the Christmas On Ice. This time it was the REAL DEAL!
You, my reader, might wonder what the above has to do with vocal coaching or voice repair…
It has a lot to do with it. Sometimes, our potential clients are not realizing what it entails to non-surgically repair a damaged voice. They are looking for a cheap version of traditional vocal coaching or (covered by insurance) voice therapy. They are not realizing that the voice specialist of a high caliber (especially the one who can attend to speakers and singers) cannot be in the same league (fees wise as well) with regular voice practitioners.
Non-surgical voice repair is a highly specialized field which takes a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge and a lot of patience. It falls into the category of internal medicine.
My prospective clients are often wondering if it could be done remotely…? They want it cheap and at the convenience of their own home…
They also want to buy (so to speak) a “Mercedes for the price of a bicycle”. And sometimes they do “succeed” with respect to finding somebody who would offer them “what they want”, because those so-called “practitioners” are not really looking after their client’s interest. They are, no doubt, looking after their money and not really anything else… In other words, they are “playing with the human anatomy… remotely”.
In the past and in the present, we have had quite a few clients who told us that they checked all available voice services online (some free and some not). But, evidently, they did not find what they were looking for; and thus ended up here with us.
When it is concerning the human anatomy, there are no “cutting corners”.
In Russia, we have a saying: “Go big or go home”. Yes, go home, but with what…?
Nevertheless, the voice problem is still lingering and eventually, it might progress to the “point of no return”. Yes, you saved money, you saved yourself a travel, you knew which button to press to go on Skype or to FaceTime; YOU WON YOUR CASE, but at the same time, I am sorry to say that you ended up being the “BIGGEST LOSER”.
Ultimately, your voice problem might haunt you for the rest of your life simply because you thought that there was a quick and cheap fix where (I can assure you) no such thing(s) exist.
I will leave it up to your discretion, my reader; and you are, of course, free to draw your own conclusion from the writing above. Remember, when it comes to your health, no price should be too high, especially if you believe in the natural and holistic approach to any issue concerning your inner health.