|SUGGESTION FOR INTERVIEW|
GET THE EDGE OVER YOUR COMPETITION – AND
BE PREPARED FOR YOUR SINGING AUDITION
WITH PCG ONLINE
NEWLY LAUNCHED MULTI-FACETED
ENTERTAINMENT EDUCATION PLATFORM INCLUDES
“ESSENTIALS OF TV TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS,” OFFERING
CRUCIAL “REAL WORLD” TIPS FOR SUCCESS
Notable Artists From “The Voice” Who Have Gotten An Edge From
PCG Programs and Workshops Include Kelsie May,
Ameera Delandro, Jordy Searcy, Madi Davis and Mitch Clark
Left to right: Molly Porter, Co-founder and Director of Creative Services PCG Nashville and Bernard Porter Founder and CEO PCG Nashville, and Duchess
LOS ANGELES – January 20, 2016- Spearheaded by iconic hit shows like “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice” and other similar programs, the revival and mass popularity of TV talent competitions in the 2000s and 2010s has offered fresh and exciting opportunities for stardom to thousands of talented people.
What makes the difference between auditioning contestants who do a quick fade and those who go the distance? Preparation! As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” With “AGT” and “The Voice” gearing up to start auditions for their upcoming seasons, thousands of budding artists will be looking for a leg up on their competition.
This year, with the recent launch of PCG Online (www.pcg24-7.com), those trying out have a powerful support system to help ensure that they are prepared for everything on the big day! One of the multi-faceted artist development platform’s most popular (and highly affordable!) courses is Essentials of TV Talent Show Auditions. The curriculum offers an insider’s view on how to maximize one’s chances for success. The course teaches how to prepare for an audition, what to do once an audition is secured and how to use these shows as a platform to accelerate a career in the music industry.
Though the course title includes the term “TV Talent Show,” the concepts taught in this program apply to ANY audition or talent contest, not just tryouts for big TV shows. The course consists of three modules, includes over one hour of video instruction and offers insights, tips and tricks designed to put artists ahead of the pack.
Vocalists from PCG Programs and Workshops that have appeared on “The Voice” include Ameera Delandro, Kelsie May, Jordy Searcy, Madi Davis and Mitch Clark. Summer Collins appeared on the 2014 show “Rising Star.”
“What we have done with PCG Online is created a bold training and development curriculum boiled down to the nuts and bolts that every artist needs to know,” says Bernard Porter, Founder and CEO of PCG Nashville, one of America’s leading career/artist development organizations. “Artists around the world are now able to learn the same concepts that my instructors and I teach in Nashville. We’re giving them foundational instruction in many different categories to better understand how to posture and develop themselves to meet the standards of today’s music scene. University classes tend to be scholastic, but we are more ‘real world.’ In every aspect of each course, they will learn from a veteran industry expert who has been there and done that many times.”
Speaking specifically about Essentials of TV Talent Show Auditions, Porter adds, “When you enter any playing field, you need to know every aspect of the environment so you’re ready for all kinds of scenarios. Remember, knowledge is power. Going into an audition, you’re bound to be anxious, but if you can make yourself more comfortable and less intimidated by understanding what to expect from this world you are entering, you’ll going to be able to portray a ‘you’ that is at 100 percent. You won’t be affected by those intimidating factors because you’ll know how to deal with them in advance.”
Module I introduces PCG Online’s executive Molly Porter. Having spent years as a talent judge, she effectively covers the entire range of what an auditioner needs to do to prepare for a successful audition or contest. The wide range of topics she addresses includes developing confidence not only in your vocal abilities, but also in expressing your unique personality and connecting with your personal story. This is a key point because shows often choose contestants with emotional stories that will move viewers.
Molly also teaches tips for preparing your voice, and the “do’s” and “don’ts of song selection. She says to choose a song you love and know by heart and is authentic to you, not just a current hit. She also discusses how to choose which sections of the song to emphasize and which to edit out to best showcase those vocals during a shorter audition. Other topics include assembling the proper wardrobe (cool and casual work best); finding the right balance of hair and makeup; and gathering essential “survival” and nutritional items to put in your backpack so, if you’re doing a “cattle call” audition, you have the strength and gear to get through the day and deliver your best performance.
Module II introduces Rick Barker, Taylor Swift’s former manager and American Idol’s social media mentor. Rick’s video builds on Molly’s insights and dives deeper into how to use your audition and the shows themselves to maximize your exposure and increase your chances of being successful as an artist. He will share the lessons he’s learned managing aspiring artists, including specifics that TV talent show producers are looking for (it’s not everything you think) and what you can expect so you won’t be surprised. Lastly, Rick shares powerful social media tips he encourages students to put into action before their audition.
In Module III of the auditions course, Judy Rodman, PCG’s vocal coach, offers her sure-fire warm-up exercises to make sure you give your utmost performance at the audition. Her exercises are designed for vocalists to do over and over, even when they’re not preparing for an audition. To learn more about proper vocal training, check out PCG Online’s Essentials of Vocal Performance.
“The type of mentoring we offer at PCG Online is priceless,” says Bernard Porter. “It’s one of the most important elements of ‘real world’ learning. Having great mentors in your life can help you excel in every aspect of your life. What we have done is identify one of the best teams you could ever have to direct and help grow your career.”
Launched in November 2015, PCG Online – a collaboration between leading artist development company PCG Nashville and online education company Classroom24-7 (www.classroom24-7.com) – allows millions of artists around the world to train at their own pace with many of the industry’s most accomplished instructors and coaches.
Aspiring artists will be able to learn from instructors who PCG Nashville Founder and CEO Bernard Porter says have guided “some of the biggest stars on the planet.” Through PCG Online’s curriculum, artists will gain insider secrets from successful music professionals, strengthen the skills needed to succeed in talent competitions, and gain the edge needed to promote themselves as artists and thrive in today’s increasingly competitive industry. Specializing in delivering world-class online education services and technologies, Classroom24-7 works with top universities, hospitals, associations and corporations.