DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 14

October 15, 2014

Oooooo, this one is a good! Kevin and I have been working together for about a year and the progress he has made is fantastic. He’s a great example of someone who is open to the process of exploring his voice and will to put in the work to seek improvement. I really respect him as a student and person and I’m excited to for you to get to know him better! SO, read on…

Davin: Heya, Kevin! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do for work? That kinda stuff…

Kevin: What’s happenin’ Davin! I was born in Los Angeles and have been living in the Chicago area since I was 10 years old. I currently live in Wicker Park and I’m finally able enjoy the city because I’m no longer a broke and busy student anymore. I graduated from UIC and have been a pharmacist for a couple of years. Now that I’m officially a young professional, I am filling my free time with hobbies, traveling, food adventures, etc.

Davin: What about singing and voice lessons? How did you end up hanging out with me? smile

Kevin: In my 28 years of life, schooling had always taken priority of my time, so singing was left on the back burner. Recently, I realized singing was an actual passion I could not ignore anymore. I have sung in front of big groups of people before, but always felt like I was faking confidence while enjoying the experience of performing. With school no longer taking up to 100% of my life and knowing that I could not possibly excel without knowledge of the right techniques, I decided to start learning to sing correctly.

Davin: Can you tell us in what ways the process has been different than you expected?

Kevin: To be honest, I expected the process to be dull. Like the beginning stages of learning any instrument, I assumed it would be boring scales, songs I don’t really care for, and monotonous drills and exercises. Needless to say, I was completely wrong. Of course, there are exercises that you have me do, but in every lesson, there are new exercises that accentuate my strengths and improve on my weaknesses. You’ve done an amazing job of approaching certain concepts from different angles to help me understand them. I always tell others, “my skills and techniques have improved exponentially,” and I owe a large part of it to the way each lesson is tailored to my own voice and individual goals.

Davin: Well, look, you are a hard worker and open to the process. That is a huge help! Speaking of goals, what are yours? Any new ideas about how singing might fit into your life?

Kevin: With my sports and science oriented background, I never considered myself an artist. I know you always say I am, but I have a hard time believing you. Then again, I am my own worst critic, right? My overall goal is to find my voice, as you always say. I have no clue what I want to do with it, but I just know that I love doing it. Performing was such a distant delusional fantasy, so I didn’t even bother reaching to fulfill it. That was not even a year ago, and I’ve already pushed the limits of my comfort zone with frequent open mics, performing in a show, and collaborating with other musicians.

Davin: Ha! I’m impressed indeed. I know there is some more good stuff coming your way. What would you say to someone like you who wasn’t sure about taking the plunge into studying their voice?

Kevin: I randomly converse with people about their musical experiences. Most of the time they say something similar to “I wish I stuck with it as a kid,” or “I wish my parents encouraged me to continue.” To be frank, I don’t sympathize with those who retain that thought process. At 28 years old, I have only started my journey, while others started before they even knew that Santa wasn’t real. I probably should’ve said “spoiler alert” at the beginning of that last sentence. The bottom line… your passion for singing will never disappear, so you might as well utilize it now. Don’t let yourself stand in the way of yourself.

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