I am taking this opportunity to reflect on my experiences from the last workshop I attended. First of all, I want to thank you for inviting me to participate and I am very grateful for it! The number of attendees was limited, as those groups are small, to allow Diana to work with all of us..!
Great things about those workshops include, but not limited to, a possibility of witnessing other participants overcoming, with Diana’s help, vocal limitations, caused by health or other circumstances. We can apply those lessons, tools and techniques learned and being used by other people to help our own situations.
During those workshops, I always have the “Aha moment”, as I stumble upon new discoveries which helped me immensely. Seeing crippling voices become clear and powerful is like witnessing a miracle over and over again.
I remember a man named Rich who came all the way from the US to attend this workshop. He looked like someone who has given up, as he appeared to be super skeptical in the beginning. Throughout the workshop, he changed to a happy, confident and smiling person. It looked like a lot of weight was lifted from his shoulders. That obviously gave him confidence and reassurance that he would be able to sing again, especially that he revealed to us that he was a singer and a radio DJ. He said that he was also a songwriter as well as a pastor at a local church in the Chicago area, where he came from. Not only he was doing all of the above, he has also been teaching singing for the last 25 years…
I, in fact, (the next day after the workshop) and completely by fluke, met Diana, her assistant Jamie and Rich in a European Cafe/bakery, while all of them were there on a break. I could not believe the improvement in Rich’s speech and in his overall demeanor. I exclaimed: “Diana. What the heck have you done to him? He looks and sounds like a completely different person!”
As for myself, during the workshop, I started to understand how everything is interconnected,- body, posture, mind, state of being… Nonetheless, in the final analysis, the voice will definitely play the role of a projection of such state… Needless to say, it also helped me to improve my self-worth, my self-esteem; and thus allowed me to gain even more respect for myself.
I am definitely planning to take a series of private lessons very soon.