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Hey guys, it's Norm. I made a new video for you, I hope you like it!

I am planning to create more technique videos for you coming soon! I am thinking about showing you guys my full warm up routine. I was actually doing my physical warm up the other day but then I couldn't bring myself to film it. I don't know, maybe I will soon.

I think a lot of singers get stuck in their technique because they haven't been properly taught about resistance. Breath resistance is one of the foundations for our technique because it helps us use the breath energy properly! Without that resistance it makes it more difficult for us to "support" the voice. Sometimes(I have done it myself) it can produce a sound that is underenergized.

When I'm teaching people (especially fellow tenors!), I am really aware of this. Many of the different negative tensions we deal with as singers can be avoided when we understand how to use our breath.

Anyway, this is a short video and I hope it helps someone! I wish you all a great weekend and we will see you soon!

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Happy Mother's Day everyone! To honor and celebrate moms all over the world we have asked our "opera moms" Janese Pentico and Amanda Kendrick to prepare a short message of encouragement for you.

Amanada and Janese are both full time mothers AND opera singers! We are blessed to have both of them in the Living Opera community and we look forward to featuring them as much as their schedules will allow. We hope that by shedding a bit of light on what it's like to juggle singing and motherhood it will empower other women to make an informed choice about building their own families in the future.

We hope you enjoy this message from our "Living Opera Moms" and remind you to call your mom today if you haven't already. We also want to acknowledge and celebrate moms who are hurting, moms who are alone because of the Covid-19 pandemic, mothers who have lost children, people who have complex relationships with their mothers, and future moms who are excited and maybe even a little terrified of the new chapter that is about to begin. We stand with all of you and thank you for all your hard work and sacrifice.

This is the future of our platform. We intend to start telling YOUR stories and creating stronger bonds in this dynamic community.

Take it away ladies!

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With opera houses shut down worldwide and the entire music industry facing mass uncertainty about the future, many artists are looking for other ways to supplement their income while staying creative. Thanks to various social media platforms, that is now possible, even when in confinement. Today, we're gonna give you some basic tips about how to navigate Youtube and even make little money while building community! Sound good?

Most of you know we were supposed to be doing a production Houston Grand Opera right now - obviously we're not! We're in Montana at Norman’s parents house - so grateful to have family to go to right now! We are getting daily updates from our friends and colleagues in Europe and hope everyone there is staying strong and healthy. We love you, and we are with you.

So: let's get creative.

For those of you who prefer to read rather than watch videos, here's what you're gonna need to know if you want to create and build a Youtube channel that is creatively fulfilling AND financially viable.

Numbers needed

To successfully monetize a Youtube channel, you first need two things:

1. 1000 followers.

2. 4000 hours of watch time within one year.

Those are the basic criteria to be invited to monetize your channel, but that doesn't automatically mean you will start raking in money. We will be going in depth at some point about what you need to do, but we figured achieving these milestones would be enough work to begin with!

Tips for reaching your numbers

1. Post regularly

2. Post topics your community cares about

3. Use relevant tags

4. Subscribe to other channels

5. Post on other channels

Those are some ways to get started on Youtube. Our channel has grown about 1000% in the past year using simply these tips, and we don't even post very regularly! (I know that sounds impressive, but we still need around 700 subscribers to reach our goal!! UGH! Feels like a mountain!)

In this video I do share 2 easy ways you can make money from your Youtube channel without these numbers buy using crowdfunding sites. When you are established, I recommend looking into starting a Patreon account to build a community of patron who will support your work, but if you're just starting out, I suggest signing up for a "Buy me a coffee" account.

"Buy me a coffee" is a site where you can accept micro donations and build a community. I really like it because it is very inclusive - someone who can only afford to donate $3 can suddenly become a patron - I find this extremely empowering and kind.

It's less about the money, and more about acknowledging that the creator of the channel is making something that you find worthwhile and you enjoy. I recently signed Living Opera up for an account so even our student followers can get in on supporting us.

Keep in mind, if you do decide to use this service, each donation is subject to a 5% user fee, which can either be absorbed by the creator, or be put on the donor. (We have chosen to absorb that fee!)

We hope you find this series informative and fun, and know that we are praying for the Living Opera community daily, believing that we will emerge from this crisis stronger, and more aligned with our purpose than ever.

Wishing you every blessing,

Soula and Norman

P.S. If you feel led to send us a donation via Buy me a coffee you can do so here!

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