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A Week in LA- Scene Study

1
Jul

DaniVox_SceneStudyI often take a trip down to LA to attend Scene Study at The Acting Center.  I highly recommend them!  Both the students and teachers are super supportive.  Love it!
DaniVox_Scene StudyThis time around, I went down for a whole week to submerge myself in Scene Study.  Snap shot of me breaking down my character, Claire Foster, from the independent movie I am in, (Refuge). Scene to be shot soon! Woot!
DaniVox_fonuts1And then I was introduced to this place… I am OBSESSED!  I ended up going to get fonuts 3 times while I was there.  And I didnt just  have one.  I bought 3 each time!!!  SO GOOD!  Here are a few more pics to get my point across.  SO GOOD!

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Below are a few more pics.  Im kind of loving LA.  :o)

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The Goddess Collective on Leadership

28
Feb

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Last night I had the opportunity to sit in on a meeting hosted by
The Goddess Collective.

They have started a Feminine Leadership Movement asking you to stand in your authentic LEADERSHIP by choosing your inner Leader and educating HER, training HER, and nurturing HER AWAKENING.

Last nights meeting focused on “The 14 Principles of Feminine Leadership” and “Exploring the Principle of Commitment”.

“The 14 Principles of Feminine Leadership”

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1. Embodied Presence- Bringing all of one’s Self to the moment.  Holding clarity, focus, and presence while maintaining your “YOUness”.

2. Self-Authority- You are empowered to hold a centered and balanced position of authority within the self.  Knowing you define you and no one else gets to.  You have the right and authority to take action based on your needs, ideas, desires, dreams, and more.

3. Integrity- Be consistent with your actions, behaviors, and communication.  Be accountable for your actions or non-actions.  Know you are responsible for your creations in the world and we all have the ability to respond.  Allow yourself to see the overview of a situation and respond with your intuitive sense of honesty and truth.  Be your word and your word becomes gold.

4. Intuition- Utilizing your instinctual knowing and deep wisdom.
Intuition_DaniVox5. Leadership  with Love- Holding a balanced position of Leadership with compassion and generating a nurturing environment.  Generate a co-created leadership, knowing we are all open to our unique path with the ability to shine.

6. Clear Communication- Being willing and have the skill set necessary to speak lovingly to your needs, desires, boundaries, goals, vision, and business.

7. Individual Uniqueness- You are one of a kind and that is a celebration.  Be willing to radiate your “YOUness”.  Allowing you to celebrate you is accepting the gift you are to all of us.

8. Confidence- A trust filled relationship with yourself, your skill set, and your wisdom.  Allowing yourself to lead from your inner strength.

9. Birth- Allowing the process of Birth to organize and move through you.  When a woman is actually giving physical birth she doesn’t actively pause and focus on creating each aspect of the evolving baby.  There is a natural intelligence that takes over.  She listens to her body though.  Feeds it good nutrition, rests, and exercises.  Similarly when birthing a project take good care of it and then let the natural process do the rest.

10. Commitment- Be willing to commit to your vision and goals.  Allow yourself to be realistic with time lines, implementation, personal strengths, and follow through.

11. Open to Receiving and Being with the Mystery- Embracing the gifts in life.  Knowing good things will come your way and allowing yourself to see and accept them.  You deserve it simply because you are you.
mystery_DaniVox12. Accepting Self and Others- Self acceptance is embracing the beauty and all aspects of you.  You are able to embrace both the dark and light sides of self and humanity while navigating both when needed.  The light, the dark, the continuous integration.

13. Balanced and Nurturing Self Care- Giving yourself permission to take care of yourself on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  Knowing, it is an act of self love.

14. Purify and Release- Be willing to let go.  Change can be empowering.  Having the ability to recognize when it’s time to release what no longer serves you, your creation, or your work.

There is a lot of information to absorb here so I will share more about what I learned in this meeting in my next post about Commitment.

Whatever type of business you are in, I encourage you to meet me at the next Goddess Collective meeting held every last Wednesday of the month at Montclair Women’s Center: 1650 Mountain View Blvd, Oakland CA. 94611.  To stay in touch about their monthly events, sign up at http://www.meetup.com/goddess-collective  

See you soon!

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

The Voice Audition

7
Feb

Hey guys!  Thank you for following up on how my  audition for The Voice went.  I did not make it to the next round however, I am stoked about how my audition went!

As you know, I have been giving everything I possibly could to be as prepared I as I possibly could for the audition.  I gave up alcohol, coffee, and dairy.  I worked out every other day.  I had vocal practice with a voice coach 3 days a week AND I was eating healthy, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep.

I was prepared and felt great!  When it was my turn to sing I jumped up with the biggest smile and full of excitement to perform.  I could tell that the casting director was digging my energy.  I sang 100 Days, 100 Nights and felt amazing afterwards.  When I was done singing I wanted to scream out “HELL YEAH!” because I knew it was that good.

Check out this video of when I sang 100 days, 100 Nights at The Make Out Room last year!

I guess I should have began with the process for the audition.  :o)

There are 2 pre screening casting levels before you have the opportunity to be on The Voice  for the blind audition.  The first is singing A Capella and the second is singing with a track.  You register online and a week before you are scheduled you will receive an email from them with your registration info that you need to print out and bring with you.  See below:
DaniVox_AuditionPassThe VoiceBring this and your ID.  You will not be permitted to audition if you do not bring these items!  My friend Kristina and I road tripped it down to LA and stayed with a friend.  It was quite an adventure from the beginning…I sorta, kinda ran out of gas on my way to pick her up and she had to rescue me!
DaniVox_TheVoiceAudition_7DaniVox_TheVoiceAudition_3Make sure you drink plenty of water to be hydrated and that you are well rested.  We arrived in LA Friday night so that we had Saturday to take it easy.  Our audition was Sunday Feb 3rd at 2pm.  We got there at 1:30pm an there was a super long line.  Dont let this discourage you though.  Once it hit 2pm the lined moved pretty quickly inside the LA Convention Center.
DaniVox_TheVoiceAudition_9Expect to be there 3-4 hours.  We were there for 3.  The process IS really that long.  You enter the building and go through security.  Your audition pass gets scanned and they check your ID.  You are then led to another room where you are assigned a lane.  Your audition paper is scanned again and your ID is checked.  At this point you can put away your ID.
DaniVox_TheVoiceAudition_4You are then told to have your audition paper scanned by another person who then assigns you to another lane.  This will be the group of people you go into the audition with.  Your lane is then led to another larger room where everyone waits to be seen and heard.  Up until this point everything kept moving.  I think we sat in this room for about 30minutes.  Still, not to bad!
DaniVox_TheVoiceAudition_2You could see the rows of people being led to their audition room and everyone would clap for them and wish them luck.  Then it was my groups turn.  There were 10 of us in the group.  (Kristina and I didn’t make it into the same group)  We were led to a smaller room where the casting director sat at a table with her laptop.  She was super sweet and let us know that when she called our name we would need to stand on the X.  She also said that she will be taking notes on everyone by writing and typing on her laptop so we shouldn’t feel discouraged if she wasn’t looking at us.

There were a few people in my group who were good but she didn’t take any of us.  There was a duo (twins) who she said that they are a “maybe” and she would let them know by 7pm that night.

I am still on a high from this experience.  Because of the way I prepared I was confident and felt ready.  I knew I had given everything I possibly could to this audition and I gave a top notch performance.  There was nothing I could have done differently or have done more.  At that point it was left up to the casting director to do her job the best to her capabilities and cast the right people for the show.  It’s because of all this that I feel so amazing!
DaniVox_TheVoiceAudition_5Thank you for reading!  I hope this inspires you to keep reaching for you goals.  In a million years, I never thought I would audition for something like this… to give myself that opportunity.  Im so glad I did.

Much love,

Dani Vox

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

 

Voice Health 101

27
Jan

Oh boy!  OVER PRACTICE?!?!?!  Really?

Here is a great lesson to anyone getting into singing… practice, but DONT OVER DO IT!

I have been warming up and singing everyday since January 2nd.  My mindset since day one of preparing for my audition for The Voice has been to do everything I can to set myself up for success so that I know in my heart that getting on the show or not, I did everything I possibly could to give myself the best opportunity.

As you know, I have given up alcohol, coffee, and recently dairy.  I have been practicing 3 days a week with my vocal coach and everyday in between with my taped warm ups and tracks.  Well, it caught up with me.

2 days ago I started practicing, as usual, but this time it was like I had no control over my voice!  When I sang, it sounded like I was going through puberty!  I called my vocal coach and her recommendation was to rest.

She said, “It’s just like when you go work out in the gym.  You need to give your muscles a rest day.”  

I was kind of taken back by this because it made so much sense and I didn’t know how I would miss that important factor!  Especially since I LOVE working out and KNOW that the muscles need rest time to repair to actually build muscle.  At some point, my boyfriend had even asked me about resting my voice.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind for optimal voice health:

1. Drink water to keep your body well hydrated, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

2. Allow your voice to rest.  You don’t need to practice for hours at a time.  Spend time not talking during the day.

3. Don’t smoke, or if you already do, quit. Smoking raises the risk of throat cancer tremendously, and inhaling smoke (even secondhand smoke) can irritate the vocal cords.

4. Don’t abuse or misuse your voice. Avoid yelling or screaming, and try not to talk loudly in noisy areas. If your throat feels dry or tired, or your voice is getting hoarse, reduce your voice use. The hoarseness is a warning sign that your vocal cords are irritated.

5. Keep your throat and neck muscles relaxed even when singing high notes and low notes. Some singers tilt their heads up when singing high notes and down when singing low notes. “The high notes are on the ceiling and the low notes are on the floor,” Rosenberg says. “Over time, you’ll pay for that”—not just with strained vocal muscles but also by causing future limits on the vocal range.

6. Pay attention to how you speak every day. Even performers who have good singing habits can cause damage when they speak.

7. Don’t clear your throat too often. When you clear your throat, it’s like slamming your vocal cords together. Doing it too much can injure them and make you hoarse. Try a sip of water or swallow to quench the urge to clear. If you feel like you have to clear your throat a lot, get checked by a doctor.

8. When you’re sick spare your voice. Don’t talk when you’re hoarse due to a cold or infection. Listen to what your voice is telling you.

9. When you have to speak publicly, to large groups or outdoors, think about using amplification to avoid straining your voice.

10. Humidify your home and work areas. Remember, moist is good for the voice.
(read more tips here: http://www.livescience.com/4078-10-tips-healthy-voice.html)

Here is a great website I found on voice health http://voicehealth101.com/singers

I have had two rest days and will be performing tonight at The Alcove Theater.  I am feeling great!  Resting my voice is on top of my list.  I hope you find this helpful.  Leave a comment below with any of your tips, tricks, of experiences!  I would love to hear from you!

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

Homework

9
Jan

I have been doing a little homework on The Voice to try to get myself as prepared as possible before I go to my audition.

Here is what I know so far:
-There are 2 rounds of pre-screening for The Voice. I get past that and THEN I get to do the blind audition with the coaches. …Okay, sweet!
-The first round is a cappella, for the second round I need to have a track to accompany me… working on that!
-The second round of auditions during the screening process will be scheduled 1-3 days AFTER my first audition. So, I will have to hang out in LA.  I’m so sad…JK!  LA friends!  Im coming down!
-2 NEW coaches!  This season the judges are Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher, and Shakira!

I have been working everyday to prepare for this.  I have stopped drinking alcohol since the 1rst of January, and gave up coffee on the 5th!  Its not that I was an excessive drinker, its just that I want to be as focused, aware, hydrated, and have all the energy I possibly can have for the audition process.  I have to say, I am FEELIN GOOD!

My songs are all picked out.  I have warm-ups on my phone so I can do them anywhere at anytime.  I have an amazing group of people who are supporting and believe in me.  Things are shaping up!

Have you ever done something you thought was BIG?  What did you do to prepare for it?  Was it something physical?  Was there mental preparation?  Please share your experience below.

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!