DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 4

December 4, 2013


Student Spotlight Interview time, all! I have two students with whom I’ve worked with the longest, and Michael is one of them. He is a great example of someone in it for the long haul and reaping the results of his study and hard work. It has been incredibly fun for me to see him grow, but let’s hear what he has to say about it all…

Davin: Hey, Michael! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from? What you do during the days? etc.

Michael: Hey, Davin! I grew up in Monmouth, IL which is most famous for Monmouth College and Wyatt Earp’s birthplace. Exciting, right? I have been living in Chicago since 2004 currently working for Evergreen Bank Group out in Oak Brook. I’ve been there for almost 7 years running their commercial operations. It’s not a bad day gig at all!

Davin: So, we’ve been working on your singing together for quite some time. Since October 2010 to be exact! Can you tell us what originally brought you to voice lessons?

Michael: All my life I have enjoyed singing more than anything else, but was excruciatingly self conscious about it. This attitude translated into my adult life, and I was always under the impression that if you are vocally talented you wouldn’t need lessons. So, three years ago I got over myself and found a couple of voice instructors on Craigslist. I did not fit well with the first instructor, but there was something about you that clicked. The rest is history. I know you hate when I say this, but you’ve changed my life!

Davin: After three years of study, how has your focus changed?

Michael: The first year or so was spent learning the basics and building confidence. Now it’s all about exploring different songs that are perfect for auditions or working on songs that I’m performing in a show.

Davin: Is there something you’ve found most surprising about studying singing?

Michael: Yes, definitely. After every lesson, I feel amazing. I feel happy and good about myself. Every. Single. Lesson!

Davin: What’s next? What are you hoping is on the horizon for you and singing?

Michael: Currently, I’m performing in Little Women out in Valparaiso, IN. It’s a little bit of a haul, but worth it because the cast and production staff are talented. After that, I have no other shows on my plate, but I’m looking. For longest time I’ve been interested in writing my own musical and two weeks ago I was finally inspired by a story. I’ve been fantasizing and writing non-stop the last two weeks. My goal for 2014 is to complete a first rough draft of this musical and to also audition for musicals within the city limits. I’ve had some major gas expenses this year. Oh, the sacrifices we make to be on the stage 

Davin: Thanks, Michael!

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