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pic     At a financial turning point in my life, I put together a list of possible careers - skills I have - and turned it into my therapist for evaluation.

Before she could reply, I knew what the answer was.

It’s funny - when you write stuff down, sometimes the answer just comes to you.

Some of the career ideas I had were: Tarot card reader (I’ve done that in the past), piano player at a restaurant, 911 operator at night (I have insomnia), day trader on the foreign currency exchange market (don’t have a great track record, though lots of experience), voice/piano teacher (my main career in the past), singer (I got kind of old - used to be “hot“), copy editor (have done in the past, but it doesn’t pay well), secretary (have done, but the technology has changed), novelist (have 2 novels on Amazon and they have recieved great reviews, but as an unknown author, very few people are buying).

So I’m back to music - my spiritual mainstay. But how?  

I have a book I’ve written, and it’s on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and Powells.com, and I’m “getting” that this is what I need to be marketing.

I think I can do it. The book, “Vocal Vibrance,” is a vocal technique, and I’m thinking I can get sales by doing YouTube videos of some of the vocal exercises that I have in the book. People may see the videos, and decide to buy my book. I don’t know, I’m hoping that might be the case.  

It took a lot of thinking, journaling, list-making, and therapy sessions, to come up with this - but I knew I had to decide to do one thing and do it well. And I’ve decided on “Vocal Vibrance.” Everyone wants to have a beautiful voice, be it singing or speaking. And “Vocal Vibrance” offers that opportunity. Plus, being a book, it’s a lot cheaper than continual voice lessons.

There’s a lot to do. I have to fix the website and make it more appealing. I need to hook up with more voice teachers and music schools and send them comp copies of the book (expensive but needs to be done), but mostly ...

I need to focus my intention on the end result. I need to know that my book will meet people’s needs. I need to see it in my creative mind’s eye, that people value this book and are willing to buy it.  

I don’t often open myself up to people in this intimate a way, but I do feel that you, my Fab 40 Sisters, are friends - and I can confide in you.  

I love you all.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • I love the idea of the YouTube marketing angle, Suzann. I have another thought. I have asthma and heard that taking voice lessons and learning to breathe the way singers do is beneficial to people like me. Just another thought.



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      Suzann wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • Wow, Cynthia, thank you - it makes sense because classical singers’ breathing is so basic and healthy. Even when I’m not singing, the breathing exercises make me feel good. I never thought of it as extending to other areas, such as people who have asthma. Thank you for that idea!!!  

      Yes, I was going to make a YouTube video tonight, but it was so hot that my makeup just melted. Will try again tomorrow! worried



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 2, 2010
    • Let us know and we’ll make it viral for you!



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      Paige Strickland wrote Sep 2, 2010
    • Best of luck to you Suzann!  Good idea marketing on You Tube.  

      BTW...I also do Taro readings...Amazing stuff!  I love it.  P.



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      Suzann wrote Sep 2, 2010
    • Cynthia - whoo hooo!!!! What an idea. Well, I tried a YouTube video again today and it was embarrassingly self-conscious. So I’ll try again tomorrow. The makeup worked out this time. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get the makeup AND the material together in one video.tongue out

      Paige - Yes, I’ve had some incredible experiences with the Tarot.  Thanks for the good wishes!



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      Lazylola wrote Sep 2, 2010
    • can’t wait to see the videoestatic



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      Rose Nino wrote Sep 3, 2010
    • Wow Suzann! YOu are a woman of many talents. I wish you nothing but the best. Looking forward to the video. heart

      heartestaticheart



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      Cheekymonkey wrote Sep 3, 2010
    • estatic that is amazing! What a great idea my daughter has a good voice we will buy your book and watch your video. She wants singing lessons. My hubby is a graphic artist and has designed many web pages and other things he owns his co and if you need any help let me know. Happy to help if u need us.heart



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      Suzann wrote Sep 4, 2010
    • Cris, thank you! And I’m so delighted that your daughter loves to sing.

      Rose, you are awesome.

      Well, here’s the thing. Instead of one viral video, I’m going to make a series of perhaps 10 very short, specific videos, each one dealing with a small aspect of singing technique.  

      But I must say, Cynthia, your idea of one video and getting it to go viral is still in my head!  

      Thank you, Lola, you‘re such a sweetheart!



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