83 episodes

Welcome to A Voice and Beyond. This podcast is dedicated to self-care, professional development and personal growth. Our brilliant lineup of international guests include healthcare practitioners, voice educators and other professionals who will share their stories, knowledge and experiences within their specialized fields to empower you to live your best life every day. In the solo round episodes, my goal is to help you increase your levels of focus, productivity, confidence & energy. Now is the time for you to discover your voice in life, develop a positive mindset and become the best and most authentic version of yourself so you can create greater impact.

A Voice and Beyond Dr Marisa Lee Naismith

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Welcome to A Voice and Beyond. This podcast is dedicated to self-care, professional development and personal growth. Our brilliant lineup of international guests include healthcare practitioners, voice educators and other professionals who will share their stories, knowledge and experiences within their specialized fields to empower you to live your best life every day. In the solo round episodes, my goal is to help you increase your levels of focus, productivity, confidence & energy. Now is the time for you to discover your voice in life, develop a positive mindset and become the best and most authentic version of yourself so you can create greater impact.

    #83. Holding Space for Vulnerability, Curiosity & Exploration in the Voice Studio with David Sisco Part II

    #83. Holding Space for Vulnerability, Curiosity & Exploration in the Voice Studio with David Sisco Part II

    This week's guest is David Sisco.
     
    This week we have part two of our two-part brilliant interview with David Sisco, a New York based freelance voice teacher, and multi-hyphenate artist, whose work life also encompasses being a published author, performer, music director, and commissioned composer. In this episode, David delves deeper into many important topics relating to our singing voice community, as well as his own teaching philosophies.
    David discusses his intention to create a safer space in his teaching studio, by holding space for his students to foster curiosity, joy, and passion and to learn to trust their individuality and not be in judgement of it. He believes that as voice teachers it is our job to invite the uncomfortable, and we must all learn to fail better and not be guided by our own limiting beliefs of what we think the voice can do and what the individual student is capable of. Our biases and our knowledge should not act as a barrier between ourselves and the student. David admits that he calls himself a voice teacher and is not a voice scientist and that is ok. He shares, that as voice teachers, we love our labels and that as a voice teaching community we must stop shaming one another, know our lane and come together to uplift each other.
    As David says so beautifully, it is time to celebrate all styles of singing in performance and research. This is a most inspirational and honest interview with David Sisco that is not to be missed.
    David's Links: 
    WebsitePerforming in Contemporary MusicalsMastering College Musical Theatre AuditionsDavid's YouTubeGualtieri & Sisco's YouTubeSoundcloud

    In this episode
    03:33 — The True Master-Apprentice Model 
    06:22 — Essential Requirements in Creating Safe Spaces
    08:21 — Own Kind of Pedagogy in Musical Theater
    11:29 — Efficient and Sustainable Singing
    18:05 — Finding Stewardship for Ourselves
    22:16 — Establishing Teacher-Student Boundaries
    23:12 — Unleash Your True Self, Unlock Your Potential
    25:31 — Shifting Archetypal Essence
    28:03 — Rising Above Imposter Syndrome
    31:10 — Extended Safe Spaces for Both Students and Teachers
    32:25 — What’s Next for David Sisco?
    37:15 — Piece of Advice for the Singing Voice Community
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    • 42 min
    #82. Holding Space for Vulnerability, Curiosity & Exploration in the Voice Studio with David Sisco Part I

    #82. Holding Space for Vulnerability, Curiosity & Exploration in the Voice Studio with David Sisco Part I

    This week's guest is David Sisco.

    This is part one of a two-part interview with David Sisco, a New York-based voice teacher, who regularly lectures nationally and internationally on all things relating to singing voice pedagogy. David describes himself as a multi-hyphenate artist whose life work centres around exploring music, drama, writing, and teaching, finding great inspiration and commonalities in each. During this interview, David speaks candidly about his own personal and professional journey, which led him to an enduring career in the performing arts. He discusses how he developed his teaching skills, and that he calls himself an equal opportunity borrower because his teaching approaches have come from a variety of different sources. David firmly believes that we, as voice teachers, must become life-long learners and we need to invest in ourselves, so we can invest in our students. Furthermore, David states that it is important to honour knowledge and that as a voice community, we must continue to learn and grow together.
    During our conversation, David talked about his teaching philosophy and how can we hold safer spaces for our students where they can allow themselves to become more vulnerable and to tell their stories, with honesty and without judgement. David affirms that we should be encouraging our students to become more curious and explore the possibilities of their voices and allow for playfulness.
    Finally, David speaks openly about his beliefs regarding the status quo of voice programs within higher education, where students are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a university degree. He discusses the importance of providing context in student learning and that we must help our students understand the industry in which they are pursuing a professional career.
    Remember this is part one of a two-part interview with the brilliant David Sisco and part two will follow next week.
    David's Links: 
    WebsitePerforming in Contemporary MusicalsMastering College Musical Theatre AuditionsDavid's YouTubeGualtieri & Sisco's YouTubeSoundcloud
    In this episode
    08:15 — David’s Earliest Memory of Singing
    16:22 — Effects of Self-Sabotage
    18:30 — Mental Emotional Connection in Singing
    19:31 — The Importance of Sharing Your Voice With Students.
    21:12 — David’s Happiest Time as a Performer
    23:15 — Looking After Yourself Before Others
    25:04 — David’s Teaching Career
    28:14 — Benefits of a Student-Centered Type of Learning
    30:16 — “If You Are a Teacher, You Are Life Long Learner”
    33:16 — The Science of Teaching vs. Intuition.
    36:31 — The Science of Teaching
    40:53 — Creating a Safe Space for Students
    42:12 — Are Educational Institutions Equipping Students With the Skills They Need to Be Employable?
    45:21 — “Performing a Contemporary Musicals” Book by David Sisco and Laura Josepher

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    • 49 min
    #81. Giving a Voice to Parkinson's Disease Patients with Valeria Gary

    #81. Giving a Voice to Parkinson's Disease Patients with Valeria Gary

    This week's guest is Valeria Gary.

    Have you ever wondered about the impacts on phonation for those who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease (PD)? In this episode, we speak with Valeria Gary who is a Health Coach and a Speech Language pathologist working within the healthcare industry. In 2015, Valeria transitioned her career as an SLP, to providing therapy to patients with PD, and works as a volunteer for Parkinson’s Foundation in Georgia and as the owner of Total Body Cognition and Southeast Parkinson’s Speech Services.
    Currently, there are approximately 10 million people worldwide suffering from PD and in our conversation, Valeria explains that PD is a neurodegenerative disease, which means that it impacts the brain and the patient gradually worsens over time. She tells us that at this time, there are no known causes or cures for PD, however, with the correct medications and support, patients can maintain a good quality of life.
    PD not only impacts the body but Valeria talks about the many ways it can affect phonation, such as patients experiencing reduced volume, monotone pitch and breathiness or hoarseness in the voice. She stresses that early intervention is most beneficial for the patient and it is easier to maintain function than to regain some. Valeria describes the clinical work she does with her patients, demonstrates some of the vocal exercises she uses along with their desired outcomes and how we as a voice community can create inclusive spaces for PD patients to enjoy and reap the benefits of singing. This is an informative and important episode for all of us to learn more about this terrible disease.


    In this episode
    04:06 — Valeria Gray’s Health Background
    06:56 — Specializing in Parkinson’s Disease
    08:56 — Michael J. Fox’s Impact on Parkinson’s Awareness
    12:11 — Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease
    15:15 — Is Parkinson’s Disease Fatal?
    17:47 — Deep Brain Stimulation’s Benefit
    18:33 — Development of Speech Degeneration
    21:33 — Valeria’s Treatment Plan for Patients
    26:44 — Barriers of Speech Therapy
    29:25 — Frequency of Treatment
    31:20 — Youngest Parkinson’s Disease Patient
    31:54 — Patients Experiencing Depression and Anxiety
    33:13 — Singing and Parkinson’s
    40:35 — Cure for Parkinson’s Disease
    45:17 — Raising Awareness for Parkinson’s Disease
    46:24 — SpeechVive Device

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    • 50 min
    #80. 3 Simple Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care

    #80. 3 Simple Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care

    How often do you start your day feeling tired, stressed and dreading having to turn up because you don’t feel ready to face the day? Do you find that you are feeling burnt out and maxed out even before you walk out the door in the mornings? Could it be that you are someone who is always looking after everyone else’s needs and you have been neglecting your own? If this is the case, as I’m sure it is for many of us especially those of us who are educators, the problem is that you can’t take care of anyone else’s needs, if you are not taking care of your own. Now is the time for you to release your bottomless level of potential, live life on your own terms & add a level of value to the world that no one else can. In this episode, we share three simple steps on how you can step up self-care, which simply means taking better care of yourself. So many of us are constantly neglecting this area of our lives. We feel guilty about putting ourselves and our needs above others, even though we must do this as a way to protect, preserve and respect ourselves. It is time to win back your life, upgrade your happiness, and feeling of aliveness and become more present, productive and energised.

    03:22 — What Is Self-Care?
    04:53 — Why Self-Care Is So Important?
    08:05 — Physical Self-Care
    09:08 — Having Proper Nutrition, Proper Sleep, and Great Physical Activity Is Essential When It Comes to Self-Care
    10:58 — Mental Self-Care
    12:13 — Becoming Your Number One Cheerleader
    13:10 — Pay Attention to How You Talk to Yourself
    14:32 — Emotional Self-Care
    16:04 — Journaling as an Effective Form of Emotional Self-Care
    18:53 — Conclusion
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    • 23 min
    #79. How to Eat your Way to Good Health and Longevity with Duncan Rock

    #79. How to Eat your Way to Good Health and Longevity with Duncan Rock

    This week on A Voice and Beyond, we welcome back Duncan Rock, one of our all-time favourite guests, from episode number 29, to discuss the very important topic of nutrition. For those of you who haven’t been introduced to Duncan, he is a professional baritone who has had an enduring career touring internationally with numerous opera companies for many years. After a life-changing event, Duncan decided to transition into the health and well-being field and is now a qualified nutritionist with a specialisation in promoting good health for performing artists, a registered exercise professional, and a member of the Royal Society for Public Health. Whilst studying for his Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, Duncan quickly learned that the best way to positively improve our health and longevity is through proper nutrition. Every day, we are being bombarded with information through the media regarding what constitutes good nutrition, the latest fad diet that promises the holy grail for weight loss, and the list goes on. This can be very confusing and in this episode, Duncan helps us to better understand what proper nutrition means by doing some myth busting. He explains how an appropriate nutrition plan not only promotes a healthy lifestyle that can enrich our lives, but it is the best way to defy all-cause mortality. Duncan tells us that we are currently living in an obesogenic environment in the western world and that the impact of overnutrition in our society has surpassed the impact of malnutrition. In today’s show, he not only shares his knowledge and philosophies on nutrition but also gives us hints and tips on some of the most basic things we can do on a daily basis to improve our eating habits. This is a most insightful interview with Duncan Rock and is not to be missed, especially if you are looking to improve your overall health and well-being.
    www.duncanrocknutrition.com
    Instagram: @duncanrock_nutrition
    In this episode
    07:09 — Transitioning to the Field of Diet and Nutrition
    12:12 — Poor Eating Habits as Top 3 Cause of Cancers
    16:10 — Is Vegan Diet the Worst Diet Style?
    20:41 — What Constitutes a Bad Nutrition?
    25:15 — Type of Foods That Are Addictive
    28:31 — Foods That Trigger Depression and Panic Attacks
    41:55 — Eating the Correct Quantity of Food
    46:00 — Carbohydrates vs Calorie Intake
    48:12 — Carbohydrates’ Role in Serotonin Production
    49:16 — Benefits of Fasting
    53:13 — Hunger and Mindset Behind
    56:34 — Importance of Knowing Your Metabolic Rate
    57:15 — Fact or Myth: Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day
    1:00:58 — Top 5 Recommend Foods
    1:03:09 — Worst Foods You Could Possibly Eat

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    #78. Life as a Cruise Industry Production Cast Vocalist with Kayla Saunders and Dominique Petit Frere

    #78. Life as a Cruise Industry Production Cast Vocalist with Kayla Saunders and Dominique Petit Frere

    This week’s guests are Kayla Saunders & Dominique Petit Frere.
    In July, A Voice and Beyond embarked on a “Beyond” adventure on a cruise ship sailing around the Mediterranean, but it wasn’t all play for me, as I had the pleasure of doing something that I hadn’t done before and that was to interview two guests simultaneously, in an in-person situation. Kayla Saunders and Dominque Petite Frere were two of the production cast singers performing onboard the ship, Celebrity Beyond, and they sat down and shared their own personal experiences as singers working within the cruising industry, in a tell-all interview. They explained the audition process, the gruelling rehearsal schedule, their work demands and performance expectations. We also discussed Kayla and Dom’s regime for maintaining good vocal health, but most importantly, how they take care of their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being while living in a pressure cooker environment, onboard a ship. Other important topics we delved into were how the cruising industry can provide support for its performers, for example, having a vocology team on standby to support vocalists’ healthcare needs, but also how the industry can further promote and create policy around inclusivity, belonging, equity and diversity. This is an eye-opening interview and I felt very privileged sitting in the company of both Kayla and Dom as they spoke so candidly about their personal experiences in an industry that can continue to improve support for its performers.

    www.kaylasaunders.com
    www.Domlepetitfrere.com

    In this episode
    05:35 — Kayla’s Musical Influences
    07:44 — Dom’s Formal Musical Education
    14:11 — Transitioning to life onboard a Cruise Ship
    23:10 — Appointing a Vocal Captain
    26:52 — What Is a Black Track?
    31:10 — Impact of Manipulating the Voice
    40:58 — Celebrity Beyond
    54:21 — Responsibilities of a Vocal Captain
    57:43 — Vocal Warmup Exercises
    1:01:04 — Taking Care of Their Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health on the Ship
    1:07:17 — Typical Production Show’s Schedule
    1:13:58 — Things the Company Can Do Better for Artists
    1:19:57 — Is There a Gender Bias in Terms of Pay?
    1:24:47 — Being Black in the Entertainment Industry in Terms of Inclusivity
    1:33:30 — Advice for Other Performers Coming to the Ship
    1:36:39 — Kayla & Dom’s Next Plans

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    • 1 hr 40 min

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