“Successful Auditions for Creative High Achievers” – Coming Soon!

We're very excited to tell you that we're going to be offering a very special course created and recorded by top coach Gido Schimanski, who has worked with some fabulous top-end artists in helping them to overcome their self-limiting beliefs. Most people go into self-limiting overdrive when it comes to auditions, and this is what … Continue reading “Successful Auditions for Creative High Achievers” – Coming Soon!

Sing Deep Notes, Don’t Hit High Notes

Words of wisdom from long-standing friend of VIDLA, Robert Lunte of The Vocalist Studio. In this video, Robert talks about the poor mental conditioning that makes singers think that they have to 'hit high notes' when in fact notes are just notes... it doesn't matter whether they are high or low in pitch - it … Continue reading Sing Deep Notes, Don’t Hit High Notes

Why aren’t we looking after our Musical Theatre students?

I'm a¬†huge fan of the musical theatre talent that we produce in this country. In the MT schools and on the West End and touring stages stand and sing some of the greatest voices we have. It infuriates me when shows like X-Factor / The Voice tell the hapless contestants "Well really you don't belong … Continue reading Why aren’t we looking after our Musical Theatre students?

Guest Blog by Gido Schimanski – Transformational Coach for Artists, Creatives & High Achievers in the Entertainment Industry

I was sitting on the bus before and inspired by the posters across town was listening to MISS SAIGON on my phone, when "Why God Why" came on. Which put me straight back into an audition many many years ago, when I just started singing. I had chosen that song and was so scared that … Continue reading Guest Blog by Gido Schimanski – Transformational Coach for Artists, Creatives & High Achievers in the Entertainment Industry

Singing, Teaching, and Not Living in Your Head

In speaking to and mentoring our students, we get to discuss a lot of interesting things, and one of them is what to do when a student appears to over-analyse everything when approaching new techniques, or who physically freezes when asked to try something. It turns out that this is "a thing" and that many … Continue reading Singing, Teaching, and Not Living in Your Head

So you want to be in musical theatre?

Many of us at VIDLA (and a lot of VIDLA graduates) are often called upon to train or coach people who want to go to drama school, with a view to going into musical theatre. It's not the job that most people think it is - it's much harder, far less glamorous and not at … Continue reading So you want to be in musical theatre?

Music & theatre biz-savvy accountants? Look no further!

It's that time of year in the UK when the disorganised among us are frantically doing last-minute tax returns. Every year, we swear that we'll be more organised next time, and every year we break that promise to ourselves. And who are among the very worst people at getting this stuff done? Your average creative … Continue reading Music & theatre biz-savvy accountants? Look no further!