NEWS: one-year DYV-iversary! - Missy Wise
February 3, 2015
It’s been one year since I officially began my work as a Voice Associate with Davin Youngs Voice…and what a year it has been!
I had only been living in Chicago 6 months when I finally scored this amazing job. I knew I wanted to continue teaching voice (as I had been for 5 years in Louisiana) & have the opportunity to continue acting and making a career in music. Luckily, I happened upon Davin Youngs and the amazing company he had built from scratch all by himself. I was not only able to teach voice in a beautiful studio space, but I gained a very generous mentor. He didn’t just take me on as an employee, but a student as well. I would have to write a book’s worth of all the things I’ve learned from him, but here are a few things that I learned this year working with DYV:
1. People are awesome. We have the privilege of meeting and teaching some incredible people. No two students have been alike this year. I’ve had professional singers, doctors, actors, lawyers, medical students, child actors, military servicemen, and on and on. They’ve been all different races and backgrounds and sing in the most diverse genres.
2. Everyone should be singing. No matter who comes in the door, they all have a voice. It may be well-used or hardly ever used before. Either way, they were born with the ability to produce sound. Singing is an incredible release that causes you to think about your body in new ways, even therapeutic ways. I have never had a student that did not progress after putting in a little dedication and coming with an open mind. You can do it, too!
3. Who doesn’t love Adele? No one. Everyone loves Adele. Everyone wants to sing her songs and basically be her.
4. There’s still so much to learn. Not only from a standpoint of growing in my knowledge of what it’s like to have a large client base and run a business, but also as a singer. I have learned so much about my voice, about how I’m using it, about tension that I was totally unaware of because it was such a habit, etc. The awesome thing about this year has been learning how to be a student and a teacher all at the same time. There are so many things I’m learning personally about making freer sounds & then I get to pour out and share those things with my students.
I’m excited to see what another year with Davin Youngs Voice holds, and I hope you are too!