Why We Do What We Do

By Jeff Tarver. Lead Coach and Studio Owner.

Our mission has always been the success of each client. We take pride in seeing our clients grow, advance in their fields, and above all – develop a greater love for the art of creating. Whether a student in in singing lessons or the in depth talent services we offer, it is a thrilling experience to help students unleash more of their identity in their performance and artistry.

We understand that many vocal coaches and the industry can be critical for students who don’t achieve the unrealistic goal of “perfection”. At Inner Artist Performance Studios, we continually thrive to inform students that authenticity simply and must always come over the ideal of “perfection”. Fame is not the goal, but instead to develop a greater love of your passion, inspire audiences, and communicate fearlessly.

When we see our clients unlock these elements of their creative selves, in any of our courses, this reminds us why we developed this business. It is a mission we have to develop this “safe space” of creation for all. At Inner Artist Performance Studios, each client is taught that the greatest talent is the talent each diversely brings to the table.

Why Everyone (Not Just Actors) Should Take an Acting Class


An Article from Backstage.com (Casting Resource for Talent)

Photo Source: Shutterstock

Acting and improv classes have a lot to offer everyone, no matter what facet of the industry you’re in. I’ve taken both acting and stand-up comedy classes, and I’ve learned tremendously. I’d even go as far as to say that acting classes could benefit people who aren’t even in the entertainment industry! How?


First let’s talk about other industry professionals who would benefit from taking acting classes. This means directors, producers, writers…even agents and managers! Just as certain actors will get day jobs working in casting offices to help round out their understanding of the industry and gain experience, the behind-the-scenes folks could also grow from getting the opportunity to step into an actor’s shoes.

These classes offer a more in-depth respect for the craft and allows for empathizing with the plight of an artist. For writers and directors, classes let you understand what you expect someone to do you for, and that can make your work better overall. You’ll understand emotions, the bravery and the work that goes into acting as well as the fear and dry mouth an actor experiences standing in front of a CD.

Once you’ve experienced it yourself, you’ll know what kind of help you’d like in various acting situations. How would you want to be directed? Would you prefer “try it a different way,” or by being given specific direction? If you’re a writer, do the lines you read in class sound natural, or are they clunky and easily choked on? All of this experience can be illuminating and make you a better, more understanding professional.

And it’s not just the behind-the-scenes industry professionals that should be taking acting classes.

Do you know how many people with stunning voices have sung for me, but performed like it was a lullaby instead of a powerhouse anthem? Singers and dancers can use an acting class to learn how to bring more passion, confidence, and presence to their craft.

Just as it’s important for an actor to take music and movement classes to better understand rhythm, timing, and cadence, singers and dancers can benefit from the introspection, emotional focus, and understanding of motivation that an acting class can provide.

Having a well-rounded assortment of artistic pursuits is important to make any artist better, and acting is another craft in which your entire body is an instrument to be trained.

Finally, and possibly the least obvious, is why acting and improv classes would benefit those not in the industry whatsoever! Taking an acting class is a surefire way to get more in touch and familiar with yourself. You become more self-aware. You gain a better understanding of motivations and desires. You become a better public speaker. If you love stories and movies and television, it’s something you would benefit from.

If you want to work on your public confidence and your ability to interact with just about anyone, you would benefit from both acting and improv classes. Thinking on your feet, responding to physical and verbal cues from others in conversation, and being able to have a better understanding of where others are coming from will make you a more empathetic person. At the very least, you’ll kill at your next cocktail party.

If it’s something you’ve always dreamed of trying, make this the year of new things!


Vocal Health Tips

an article from singingforaliving.com

Dr. Martin Hopp is founder of the Tower Center for E.N.T. and practices at the Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Hopp’s Rules for Vocal Maintenance

  • Your singing voice is an extension of your speaking voice.
  • If you abuse your voice speaking, your singing will be affected.
  • Get a lot of sleep, drink plenty of water, and participate in exercise.
  • Rest, moisture, and muscle tone are the three key ingredients to good vocal health.
  • Going in and out of changing climates (cold/dry/warm) irritates vocal cords.
  • Smoke is the biggest enemy. It dries and irritates the throat.
  • Alcohol dries the throat. It is a major enemy to the voice.
  • Talking while smoking is very damaging.
  • Caffeine is a drying agent. Avoid it or limit your intake.
  • Never yell or scream in conversation, especially in dry climates.

Moisture is the key to maintaining healthy vocal cords.

  • Use a vaporizer when living in dry climates, every day.
  • Drink plain water to keep your vocal cords moist.
  • The cords need to be hydrated from absorption through your system.
  • There are no sprays or potions that help the voice more than consuming a lot of water.
  • Sip water on breaks when singing.
  • Water dilutes &  flushes mucous in the throat so it wont collect on the vocal cords.
  • Place a vaporizer about two feet away from your nose when you sleep.
  • Cool mist vaporizer is better than hot mist because it does not promote bacteria growth.
  • Don’t put and fragrances or additives in the vaporizer- never eucalyptus – which dry out the voice.
  • To prevent  bloody nose or dry sinuses in extremely dry climates

For dry throat, use glycerin based lozenges
such as Grether’s Black Currant Pastilles or Pine Brothers Honey.

Dr. Hopp’s Tips for Touring

  • Don’t sing while flying on an airplane, and keep your talking to a minimum.

The background noise is 30 to 60 decibels .
It is  an extremely  loud environment.
You will  fatigue your voice speaking over the noise.

  • The humidity on an airplane might drop as low as 3%! Drink one glass of water per hour on the plane, and don’t sing the same day you fly.
  • Go straight to the hotel after getting off the plane and take a 20-minute steam shower.
  • Call ahead to hotel and ask concierge  put a vaporizer in your room so it’s running when you arrive.
  • Use vaporizers -warm or cool mist- at  hotels where the recycled air is also  very dry.
  • Use only plain water in the vaporizer – no additives or fragrances.

Use  saline nasal spray, such as AYR or OCEAN, to keep membranes moist.