21 episodes

Welcome to A Voice and Beyond. This podcast is dedicated to self-care, personal development and personal growth targeted at the singing voice community. In the interview rounds, you will be inspired by healthcare practitioners, voice teachers and music industry professionals who will share their stories, knowledge and experience in their specialized fields. In the solo round episodes, my goal is to help you as a member of the voice community learn how to increase your levels of focus, productivity, confidence, energy and change your mindset to live your best life and best serve your students.

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, personal development and personal growth targeted at the singing voice community. In the interview rounds, you will be inspired by healthcare practitioners, voice teachers and music industry professionals who will share their stories, knowledge and experience in their specialized fields. In the solo round episodes, my goal is to help you as a member of the voice community learn how to increase your levels of focus, productivity, confidence, energy and change your mindset to live your best life and best serve your students.

    Episode #21 - Part II with Nancy Bos: It's Menopause, Not Vocal Death!

    Episode #21 - Part II with Nancy Bos: It's Menopause, Not Vocal Death!

    This is part II of my interview with the inspirational Nancy Bos. Nancy is an international speaker and clinician on singing and speech, as well as the acclaimed author of a number of best-selling books, including The Teen Girl’s Singing Guide. She is also co-author of the book Singing Through Change: Women's Voices in Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond which has touched the lives of many female singers who are going through perimenopause and menopause and those of us working with singers during that phase in their lives.

    In this episode, Nancy speaks candidly about the changing female voice and the uncertainties women are confronted with physically, hormonally and vocally as they enter perimenopause and menopause. Her attitude is one of preparedness and education in order for women to understand what is about to happen throughout these difficult and unpredictable stages, before they begin to happen.

    Nancy also describes the various hormonal changes experienced by women as they enter perimenopause and menopause and the most common challenges female singers will experience during this part of their lives. Nancy shares with us her mission is to encourage and educate women who love to sing that they are not alone.

    Singing Through Change

    In this episode
    1:09 - Introducing Nancy Bos
    5:30 - Singing through change
    7:52 - Perimenopause 
    12:33 - The impact on the vocal folds
    19:19 - Menopause 
    21:14 - Nancy’s Menopause journey
    24:57 - Marisa’s Peri-menopause journey
    35:38 - The wrap up on menopause 
    37:28 - Nancy’s future plans & projects
    42:50 - Nancy’s advice for women

    Celebrate singing with Nancy Bos: https://celebratesinging.live/
    Nancy's publishing company Studiobos

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    • 48 min
    Episode #20 - Part I with Nancy Bos: You Have a Right to Use Your Voice!

    Episode #20 - Part I with Nancy Bos: You Have a Right to Use Your Voice!

    Nancy Bos, is an acclaimed author, international speaker, and owner of StudioBos Media, who has taught voice for over twenty years. As a globally recognized voice expert, Nancy truly believes that everyone has a right to sing and to use their voice. In this episode, Nancy explains that voice teachers are incredibly lucky people, because they have the opportunity to live out their passion every day and witness the joy of transformation and empowerment in their students. Nancy shares her personal story of how she had to unlock her own voice which had been suppressed as a child, as well as, overcome severe performance anxiety in order to help others reach their highest potential. She opens up about her life’s mission to inspire people all around the world to find the freedom to express, through voice, that part of who they are that connects us all. This is part one of a two part interview with Nancy and I’m sure you are going to truly be captivated by her wisdom and experiences. Without further ado, let’s go to today’s episode.

    In this episode
    1:09 - Introducing Nancy Bos
    6:49 - Nancy’s first singing lessons
    11:17 - Change of direction
    15:38 - Dealing with performance anxiety
    30:11 - Singing through change 
    37:46 - Today’s generation of women
    40:43 - Helping people find their voice
    44:48 - Getting over performance anxiety
    51:24 - Meditation

    Celebrate singing with Nancy Bos: https://celebratesinging.live/
    New menopause Book Singing Through Change
    Nancy's publishing company Studiobos

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    • 59 min
    Episode #19 - Five Ways to Step up your Courage

    Episode #19 - Five Ways to Step up your Courage

    Over the past twelve months, all of us have had our lives thrown into chaos and every day brings with it the unknown. Now more than ever, on any given day, we all have a moment where we struggle with our fears and this struggle is real as we come to terms with the new normal.

    In this episode, we are going to unpack courage and go through five important steps that will help you start stepping up your courage, boost your confidence and begin to live a full and meaningful life alongside your fears. You will learn that moving through life with courage, allows you to see the world from a different perspective.

    Courage gives you the power to chase your dreams and seize opportunities as they present themselves. Embracing courage broadens the experiences you have in your life and most importantly, making courage a part of your life equips you with the ability to empower others to do the same.

    In this episode:
    0:58 - Introduction
    05:32 - How to step up your courage
    06:03 - Number 1. Acknowledging your fears 
    11:40 - Number 2. Owning your fears
    18:28 - Number 3. Living your life to others standards
    23:54 - Number 4. Asking for support
    27:44 - Number 5. Avoid the negatives 
    31:25 - Conclusion

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    • 35 min
    Episode #18 - Part II with Dr Wendy LeBorgne - Your Authentic Voice & Unique Brand

    Episode #18 - Part II with Dr Wendy LeBorgne - Your Authentic Voice & Unique Brand

    Today we welcome back Dr Wendy LeBorgne in part II of her amazing interview, in which she shares with us her nerve racking Ted Talk experience, when she spoke on the topic of "Vocal Branding and How Your Voice Shapes Your Communication Image". In this episode, Wendy describes the elements of the voice which impact authentic and engaged communication. She believes that our voice is our most important communication asset which is unique to us and all our life experiences create our vocal story. By understanding and maximizing our communication strengths, this can lead us to successful and inspiring communication outcomes in all areas of our lives. Wendy describes how she helps others including politicians, Fortune 100 CEO's, presenters on network television, podcasters, and film actors discover and empower their authentic voices. We also have a little fun with my voice as Wendy breaks down the five key elements of voice that come together to create our personal voice brand.

    Listen to Dr Wendy LeBorgne's Ted Talk

    In this episode:

    00:58 - Introduction
    02:44 - Wendy’s TED Talk
    12:11 - Quality & clarity of voices
    19:29 - Changes in pitch over time
    28:04 - Voice vulnerability exercises
    36:37 - Trying new things with your voice
    43:10 - What’s in the pipeline for Wendy?


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    • 49 min
    Episode #17 - Part I with Dr Wendy LeBorgne: Training Vocal Athletes for Durability, Strength and Survival

    Episode #17 - Part I with Dr Wendy LeBorgne: Training Vocal Athletes for Durability, Strength and Survival

    Today’s guest is Dr. Wendy LeBorgne, a highly sought-after voice pathologist, speaker, author, and vocal-athlete coach who works with a diversity of elite professional performers from Grammy award winning singers embarking on national tours, to those on the bright lights of Broadway.
    This is part 1 of a two-part interview with Dr Wendy LeBorgne and in this episode, Wendy shares her approaches and philosophies to training singers and how she cares for vocal injuries. She believes that singers are vocal athletes, who not only embody the voice, but also the body, mind and spirit.

    Wendy speaks candidly about some of the causes of vocal pathologies across all genres and how she prepares an elite vocal athlete for durability, strength and survival. Wendy also talks about what self-care means to her and how her personal regime of self-care has helped her survive the effects of the pandemic.

    In This Episode:
    1:09 - Introduction
    4:56 - Dr Wendy LeBorgne early career
    10:56 - Most common issues found in singers
    17:53 - Are there different pathologies for different genres?
    23:22 - The birth of the vocal athlete idea
    26:12 - Tips for optimal performance
    38:54 - Juggling mother, wife & work demands

    www.drwendyvoice.com
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    • 49 min
    Episode #16 - How To Quit Self-Inflicted Overwhelm

    Episode #16 - How To Quit Self-Inflicted Overwhelm

    Do you go through each day constantly feeling overwhelmed and you don’t know why?
    Overwhelm in your life can be caused by external factors, such as traumatic life experiences that you cannot predict or prevent. However, your overwhelm may be coming from behaviours that are absolutely within your control and by making some simple changes, you have the power to eliminate overwhelm from your life. In this episode, we will break down the five bad habits, that you may be guilty of, that are leaving you in a chronic state of self-inflicted overwhelm and ultimately impact your ability to think and act rationally.

    In this Episode
    00:58 - Introduction
    02:37 - Overwhelm: Identifying the bad habits 
    04:24 - One: Stop being a YES person
    12:33 - Two: Stop living in chaos
    16:35 - Three: Don’t believe everything you tell yourself
    23:18 - Four: Holding onto the past
    27:52 - Five: Stressing about the future
    30:27 - Conclusion

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    • 34 min

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