PERFORMANCE COACH PEPPER JAY
PUTS YEARS OF EXPERiENCE AND KNOW-HOW iNTO HER NEW BOOK
DYNAMiC SONG PERFORMANCE:
THE SiNGER'S BiBLE
If there is any proof that the music industry is a tough place to thrive, take a look at all of the guides that are published so you will know where to send you music to for getting signed, getting representation or getting airplay. And if it isn't aimed at where you need to send your music there are countless guides on how to present your demo and build up your social media presence and how to secure a gig. All of this is well and good but these books operate from the premise that you've got your stage act down cold. Do you? In comes PEPPER JAY a woman with decades of experience in coaching performance skills for actors, public speakers and singers along with her coaching partner JOHN MICHAEL FERRARI. After years of coaching those seeking to strengthen with presence and sharpen their performance skills, PEPPER JAY shares her wisdom in her new book DYNAMIC SONG PERFORMANCE: THE SINGER'S BIBLE. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with PEPPER JAY in regard to her new book. Here is how the interview went.
SONG PERFORMANCE - THE SINGER'S BIBLE is a fantastic guide in an age
we are flush with all kinds of how-to guides aimed at singers. What do
you feel gets over looked the most by people who want to get onstage
main thing that gets overlooked is the audience and how the audience is
reacting to what you are doing. I call it audience psychology.
one is an actor, a singer, a comic or a lawyer or public speaker
- anyone in front of an audience can fall into the trap of
more concerned with what they have to say instead of how the audience
is reacting to it and why.
What was you
inspiration for putting this book together?
I have been teaching for over forty
years now so I took all my notes and organized them because I thought
they would be helpful. At least that was the response to my teaching
that had always received. It's been the same response that my teaching
partner JOHN MICHAEL FERRARI whom I coach with.
What were the
challenges of putting this book together?
person with someone or via SKYPE they can see me and that goes away
substantially when you are in a book. I tried to use photos of
celebrities that people are familiar with as visual aids. I try to use
words to describe what people lack by not seeing a physical
demonstration by me and I think that it works.
And so far what
sort of reactions have you been able to gauge from the release of the
The book was
just released a bit ago. So far I've been pleased by the response. I'm
surprised but I'm very pleased. More than anything it surprises me that
people believe that the information in the book is transferable to just
about anyone who is in front of a camera, in a recording studio or in
front of an audience of ten or ten thousand. The performance skills
written about in this book can really be applied across the board.
What are some of
the rudimentary steps that you take readers through in this book?
we have a student we don't know what we're going to teach them until we
get to understand who they are and and what their goals are.
we know that then we know what to focus on. I try to divide everything
up into sections . I tried to put everything that I could think of that
I had ever taught anybody in this book from how to move on stage to how
to address an audience to how to take a picture. Anyone can find what
they're looking for in this book by checking out the table of contents
but surprisingly people have been reading this thing cover to cover and
taking notes. It's important to me for people to find what there needs
are in this book.
Bring us back to
your beginnings as a performer.
As a child I didn't know the difference
between being in a library play and being on the set at CBS studios. It
was all the same to me. To me, it was all about going out and having
fun, playing a character, meeting fun people and working with them. It
wasn't until I was 14 or 15 that I appreciated what I was given the
opportunity to do. My family was heavily involved in the industry. They
had me tag along and one thing led to another. When I became an adult I
started teaching it. I still act whenever there is a good role that
comes my way whether it's stage or film but these days I enjoy teaching
And what inspired
you to become a teacher?
I was a public school teacher for many years. I have a
lifetime teaching credential in the State of California. I spent more
than a decade teaching in Los Angeles. When I left the public
school system I still loved teaching so much that I wanted to continue
doing so in some fashion so I started private coaching and teaching. I
spend a lot of my time public speaking and doing workshops and
seminars. I still try to take on individual students every once in a
while with JOHN. If we feel that we can bring them closer to their goal
then we'll take them on. If not we'll refer them to someone else.
What all do you
consider before taking on a student?
on a student is time consuming. There's a commitment there. Certain
things happen immediately . The intricacies and subtleties of what
they're doing become clear. We try to give them information
try to help them find their niche out in the world. If they need a lot
of vocal training we're not singing teachers. We help them
their singing if there are certain things that we can improve on
immediately. But if someone needs singing instruction there is a list of
wonderful singing instructors that come to mind.
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