Blog Post #5: My Skills

As artists, we would like to say that our greatest skill is in our art.  Musicians spend countless hours of their lives training and perfecting their instrument.  We rehearse and rehearse and rehearse for hours on end.  This is what we know.  We think that our main goal should be to perfect our art and become amazing at what we do.  In thinking this, we are ignoring the big picture.  Anyone can be an artist.  Anyone can pick up an instrument and attempt to play or hear a song and try to sing it.  The art itself is not what helps you become successful.  It is the person behind the art.  The determination, motivation, and intellect behind the artist is what leads to success.

My skill is singing.  I love to sing and I work very hard to improve.  As for the future, this is not enough.  I need to improve on my promotional skills.  I need to have a better grasp of what I want to do with my art and then have the ability to express this idea with others.  These are the skills necessary for becoming a successful artist.  Don’t get me wrong, I still need to improve on my singing technique and performance ability.  Improvement is a never-ending process that every artist must work hard at for their entire lives.  But this year I have learned that it is important to develop a different perspective on your art.  What does it mean to other people?  What makes you different?  Why is it important?

Contract

          Nicole Bordelon

512-576-7932

people.smu.edu/nicolefantinebordelon

[Date]

 

This agreement is made between Nicole Bordelon, [512-576-7932] and [buyer name], [buyer contact info] (the Buyer)

 

Service or Work

  1. I can provide voice lessons for $40/hour.  The standard lesson times are once a week for one hour.  Extra lessons may be provided upon request.  Notify me in advance of any cancellations.  I will host a winter recital as well as a spring recital for all of my voice and piano students.
  2. I provide beginning piano lessons for any age at $20/hour.  The standard lesson times are once a week for either an hour or half an hour.  Half hour lessons are suggested for younger students.  Extra lessons may be provided upon request.  Notify me in advance of any cancellations.  I will host a winter recital as well as a spring recital for all of my voice and piano students.
  3. I can sing at your wedding for $150.  You may choose a song list from my repertoire, or I can sing any song upon request.  Please book at least a month before the wedding day.
  4. I will sing the Star Spangled Banner at events for $100.
  5. I will sing a concert of Christmas carols during the holiday season for $80/hour.  Please book ahead of time to ensure that I am available for your event as performances for the holiday season are under high demand.
  6. I provide contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, and musical theatre choreography for solo and group routines.  My fee is $80/piece.
  7. I can help rehearse and clean songs and dances for musicals at $30/hour.
  8. I provide math tutoring for subjects up to Geometry, Algebra II, and Calculus AB at $15/hour.
  9. I will rehearse and clean dance solos for competitions and performances at $30/hour.

10. I can do your hair for performances or events.  Buns, braids, updos, curls, or anything else upon request.  You may look at my pinterest page for ideas. The average price is $30, but it may vary upon difficulty of the hair style.

 

Date and Time or Terms of delivery

• Nicole Bordelon will perform at [time], and [place], for buyer [or client], for [event].

• Lessons will be provided at [time], and [place].

 

Costs

The fee is $ [amount].  Full payment is due at the time of service.

Travel or Parking

•I will need parking for one car.

•I will book the flights and send you the details of flights times and cost in advance. You will reimburse me for the entire cost of economy flights including taxes and seat charges. I will confirm the total cost before booking. If you provide transportation for me between the airport and the gig, there will be no other expenses.

 

Technology and Equipment

I will need a microphone.

 

Publicity

There are photos, biographies, and song clips for you to view at my website, people.smu.edu/nicolefantinebordelon.

 

Rights/Recording/Video/Copyright

You may photograph the performance, but I retain all rights for the content and all rights for distribution.  You may video the performance upon request.

Artist reserves the common-law copyright to all works, including all reproduction rights and the right to claim statutory copyright. No work may be reproduced by the Buyer without the prior written approval of Artist.

 

Resale

If you resell the work, I am entitled to 100% of the total sale price minus the original cost you paid in this agreement.

 

Cancelation

In the event that either the Presenter or the Artist is unable to fulfill its obligation due to damage or destruction of the venue by fire, verified disability of the Artist, acts or regulations of public authorities, labor difficulties, civil tumult, strike, epidemic, or any unforeseen occurrence rendering the performance(s) impossible; neither the Artist nor the Presenter shall be held legally responsible for any damages arising from the cancellation of the performance(s) listed herein.  Cancellations or changes of date for reasons other than those listed above shall render the Artist liable for any expenses, documented in writing, incurred by the Presenter in connection with this event.

 

Insurance and Liabilities

The Artist is responsible for his or her liabilities, and the Buyer/Presenter affirms its self-insured status for its own liabilities.

The Artist assumes no liabilities for any disappointment, distress or other result of the fulfillment of this contract.

 

Good luck and thank you. Please call me if you need anything. Thank you.

 

We agree to these terms

 

Nicole Fantine Bordelon

Product List

  1. I can provide voice lessons for $40/hour.  The standard lesson times are once a week for one hour.  Extra lessons may be provided upon request.  Notify me in advance of any cancellations.  I will host a winter recital as well as a spring recital for all of my voice and piano students.
  2. I provide beginning piano lessons for any age at $20/hour.  The standard lesson times are once a week for either an hour or half an hour.  Half hour lessons are suggested for younger students.  Extra lessons may be provided upon request.  Notify me in advance of any cancellations.  I will host a winter recital as well as a spring recital for all of my voice and piano students.
  3. I can sing at your wedding for $150.  You may choose a song list from my repertoire, or I can sing any song upon request.  Please book at least a month before the wedding day.
  4. I will sing the Star Spangled Banner at events for $100.
  5. I will sing a concert of Christmas carols during the holiday season for $80/hour.  Please book ahead of time to ensure that I am available for your event as performances for the holiday season are under high demand.
  6. I provide contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, and musical theatre choreography for solo and group routines.  My fee is $80/piece.
  7. I can help rehearse and clean songs and dances for musicals at $30/hour.
  8. I provide math tutoring for subjects up to Geometry, Algebra II, and Calculus AB at $15/hour.
  9. I will rehearse and clean dance solos for competitions and performances at $30/hour.

10. I can do your hair for performances or events.  Buns, braids, updos, curls, or         anything else upon request.  You may look at my pinterest page for ideas. The average price is $30, but it may vary upon difficulty of the hair style.

Blog #4: My Motivations

Blog #4:  My motivations

 

Few things in life are easy.  Everything from finding the right friends to getting a well-paid job has its own set of challenges.  People strive to have the perfect combination of happiness and success, but at a certain point, we try so hard to obtain this goal that we focus too much on the outcome and forget about the main motivation behind our actions.  At this point, we can never be satisfied by our achievements.

 

This idea of overthinking outcomes has really hit home for me.  Since my arrival at SMU, I have found myself feeling overly stressed and run down by the burdens of college life.  There is a need to find the perfect group of friends, have perfect grades, join every club, have a perfect singing voice, study as much as possible, socialize as much as possible, have fun and be successful.  Looking forward at all of these tasks and goals can be overwhelming.  As I think into the future, these tasks begin to seem increasingly unattainable, causing me to feel tempted to give up.  I forget about my initial motivations for these goals and why I put myself in this position in the first place.  I didn’t have to come to college.  I didn’t have to pursue a double major in music and business.  I brought this upon myself because I felt motivated to have a strong music background as well as a successful career in business. I believed this life to be fully attainable.  When I feel overwhelmed, I just need to step back and remember why I chose this life in the first place.  I chose to follow a path that leads to happiness.  There is so much that I still have to experience before I reach the point of maturity where I have to find a long-term career.  My motivation right now is to just be able to look back and say that I enjoyed my time in college and made memories that will stay with me forever.

Blog #3: My Values

I have always held myself to high standards.  I have a strong moral compass as well as a set of beliefs and values that I live by.  I was born into a Christian family and I would like to say that my mama raised me well.  In no way do I consider myself to be a perfect person, but I strive to stay true to my beliefs and expectations as best I can.  Above all else, this is my greatest goal in life.   If I succeed in a career by veering away from my values, I will not feel disappointed in myself.

 

Honesty is a very valuable trait that most of us expect from others, but often, we forget to expect honesty from ourselves.  In saying this, I am not just referring to telling lies to other people, but more importantly, I am referring to not making excuses for yourself.  By creating excuses in your mind for a bad performance in grades, behavior, work ethic, etc, you are essentially lying to yourself.  For example, if I show up to a class or rehearsal and feel like I am struggling, I try to own up to the fact that I am struggling.  If I begin to make excuses, then my poor performance will only grow worse and I will lack the motivation to work harder and improve.

 

I strive to keep a positive outlook on life.  In any situation, I find that it is easier to pull through if you remain happy, keep a positive attitude, and smile.  This not only helps you to personally feel better, but it also affects how others view you.  Most people tend to look highly upon those who seem happy.  We enjoy surrounding ourselves with happy people rather than those who seem sad, moody, angry, or depressed.  This concept is so important to me.  This does not mean that I never feel the negative emotions listed above, it just means that I mask them and push through them.

 

Honesty and kindness are the most important values that I try to remember when entering the field of school and/or work.  They’ve been proven to help my performance and improve others’ impressions of me.

Blog #2: Hard Work leads to Happiness

Aside from the obviously necessary consumption of food, water, and oxygen, every human being needs happiness in order to survive a healthy life.  This is the simple lesson that I have learned in my “Personal Responsibility and Wellness” course.  For me personally, I can say that singing music makes me happy.  I live and breathe music.  I constantly feel the need to improve my art and sing as much as possible.  This is why I chose to study music at SMU.  So if singing makes me happy, and I must have happiness in my life to survive, then I guess that means I have to pursue a career in music?  If only it were that simple.  Sadly, pursuing a career in the arts is becoming an increasingly difficult task.  There exists a common stereotype of the “struggling artist” due to the fact that so many people love the arts, yet there are so few opportunities to perform as a career.  Relating to my economics class, this can be looked at as an issue of scarcity.   As an up-and-coming artist, it is intimidating to look into the future of the unknown.  Can we really pursue a career in the arts?

Although it may be difficult, it is definitely an achievable task.  In my FACE class at SMU, I am beginning to learn that there are many paths you can take which incorporate the arts into your career.  Some career examples are performing, composing, teaching, and more.  You can even pursue a career as, say, a lawyer, but occasionally sing on the side.  Regardless of the path you choose, you must know how to market yourself effectively.  If you seek out these opportunities and sell yourself as an artist, your chances of success can increase dramatically.

Going along with this, I’ve been trying to identify my strengths and weaknesses in my working habits as an artist.  I know that I am hard working, diligent, and motivated.  This applies to both school work and music.  For example, when given a new song for my repertoire, I will practice for hours until I feel prepared.  These are all positive qualities of a successful artist that I can use to my greatest advantage.  However, I can at times feel a lack of confidence.  In some ways this is good because it pushes me to work even harder.  I do need to improve my confidence overall.  This is a successful characteristic that will help me grow in the future.

Even after a short 2 weeks at SMU, I can already see that there are many valuable lessons to be learned.  I cannot wait to continue absorbing advice from my professors and broadening my knowledge of what music has to offer in the future. After all, music makes me happy, and everyone needs happiness to survive :).

Blog Post #1: My Story

Music has held a strong presence in my life for as long as I can remember.  Because of this, it is difficult for me to pinpoint the exact moment at which my love of singing began.  Even when I was a baby, my grandmother would sing short songs to me to calm me down, and I quickly picked up on these songs and sang them everywhere.  At the age of three, I could sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” in both English and Spanish.   I even sang “Las Mañanitas” on stage for my grandparent’s fiftieth anniversary party.  My family immediately began to identify me as a singer; so naturally, they insisted that I sing at every gathering and holiday.  Each Christmas, my family and I would sit around the fire and sing Christmas carols to my uncle’s guitar.  One of my first songs was “Jingle Bells”, but as my vocal training continued, I moved up to songs such as Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and “O Holy Night”.   I associate singing with a kind of joy like no other.  It is something that I share with my family and friends and it is a way for me to express myself.  After years of voice lessons, choir concerts, auditions, performances and rehearsals, I slowly shaped into the trained, studying vocalist I am today.  My family has inspired me through music, and this inspiration and support is what sparked my love of singing years ago.  Although I often struggle with all of the work that goes into rehearsing and perfecting a song, I will always remember that the reason I sing is because of the joy that it brings into my life.

Hi everyone! I am a rising freshman at Southern Methodist University and I’ll be studying music and business.  My first assignment as a music major was to create a website.  Here, you can look for upcoming events and read about my experiences.  I can’t wait to begin my year as a mustang!