Music Career Mastermind - MMVS

Music Career Mastermind - MMVS Music Career Mastermind Brought to you by MMVS: Melissa Mulligan Vocal Studio, LLC Melissa Mulligan Vocal Studio offers career planning, college planning, coaching and artist development for singers, songwriters and musicians.

MMVS coaches provide support to touring, recording, and aspiring artists throughout the world. All of our programs are available via Facetime & Skype. We are happy to work with passionate singers, writers and musicians at any skill level. We expect a high level of commitment, dedication and personal responsibility from our artists. If you are wiling to partner with us to reach your full potential, we would be thrilled to speak with you! Email Melissa Mulligan at [email protected]

08/03/2020
Music Production Mastermind Program

“A producer’s calling card is ‘I have great ideas.’”

I love this!

Here is multi-Grammy-winning and platinum-selling producer Mike Mangini talking about what it means to be a producer today, whether you’re a recording artist making your own music at home or a producer or engineer recording others.

We are taking applications now for the Fall session of our online Music Production Mastermind program with Mike Mangini and Matty Amendola, where students share their screen and audio (in stereo) to work on their projects in real time.

If this is of interest to your teen or young adult, please encourage them to apply right away. We are processing early applications now for scholarship opportunities.

Please feel free to email me for more details: [email protected]

Program info and the application are here: https://www.mymmvs.com/music-production-mastermind

https://vimeo.com/392567976

Music Production Mastermind Program Q&A with multi-Grammy winning producer Mike Mangini Details and application: http://musiccareermastermind.com

“What do I say?” As a coach for teens and twenty-somethings, I know that emailing or calling professionals, professors, ...
07/30/2020

“What do I say?”

As a coach for teens and twenty-somethings, I know that emailing or calling professionals, professors, and potential employers or mentors can feel awkward to you at best and foreign more often than not.

So what’s the best way to network in 2020?

And how often do you really need to?

Do you really need to email your Mom’s old friend Bob from college because he does something related to the field you’re kinda sorta interested in?

How do you create a network and a community of your peers, whether that’s on social media or elsewhere, in addition to all of the networking you’re supposed to do with adults and decision makers?

There is understandable but avoidable dread regarding professional and academic emails, phone calls, resumes, applications, social media, video submissions, cover letters, thank you notes, inquiries, and the dreaded follow-ups.

Do you need to start talking like a stock broker or used car salesman to get ahead in life? Do you need to become a TikTok influencer to have an influence?

Nope.

And you may not need to email Bob today either.

It’s true that you’ve got to develop some relevant communication skills and an understanding of social media in your field. It’s also true that life feels a lot easier when you feel confident about emailing, making phone calls, and creating a community of people around you.

But there are ways to reach out and follow up that actually get responses and create real, authentic relationships, whether you’re applying for a job, making a connection, creating an online presence, asking for advice or applying for colleges and other programs.

In our weekly, live, online sessions you’ll share your goals and plans so that I fully understand your road map and all of the communication road blocks and challenges you may face, and I’ll guide you to all of the practices you’ll need to feel confident, secure and AUTHENTIC while you build a network of people you genuinely like and respect.

We begin Monday, September 14 and will meet weekly for 5 weeks. Recommended for ages 15-23 (others may inquire).

Read more and register here:
bit.ly/MelissaCom

Open Mic will take a short break after 8/1 to make room for some other events we are running. This one, themed “Tributes...
07/26/2020

Open Mic will take a short break after 8/1 to make room for some other events we are running. This one, themed “Tributes and Dedications,” is sure to be amazing, and will be streamed live right here.

Ages 13-23 are welcome (younger may inquire). New attendees are welcomed with open hearts each week.

We started this series in March to provide more opportunities for students to perform and gather as a fun-loving, passionate community during quarantine and cancellations. They’ve kept me sane too!

Sign up using the “Open Mics” link below:
https://linktr.ee/MMVS

I’ve been on zoom for almost 12 hours and I LOVED every minute! Vocal Accelerator, Musical Theatre Mastermind, Music Pro...
07/19/2020

I’ve been on zoom for almost 12 hours and I LOVED every minute! Vocal Accelerator, Musical Theatre Mastermind, Music Production Mastermind, Music Career Mastermind, and Open Mic. What a life I am blessed to live, even in these challenging times! @ ZOOM

Please join me Tuesday at this free online Road Mapping Party for parents and students!We will talk about the additional...
07/16/2020

Please join me Tuesday at this free online Road Mapping Party for parents and students!

We will talk about the additional, orbital skills beyond performing and playing that are crucial to careers in contemporary music, musical theatre, or classical music.
We will talk about the top predictors of success in these fields.

We will talk about social media: Where does it sit on your road map, and should you be focused on it now or later.

We will talk about the myth of talent, the myth that it's all about who you know, and the myth of the "starving artist."

We will talk about my revision of the "Plan A vs Plan B" mentality and how you can create a SINGLE plan that keeps you safe and stable while allowing you to pursue your dreams.

We will talk tech, and gear, and industry savvy (and how that's changed over the last 5, 10, 15 and 50 years).
We will be talking about what you are hiring college to do for you, rather than panicking about "who will take me."

We will talk about those for whom gap years and alternate paths make the most sense.

We will talk about why majoring in music or performance is often the LEAST RECOMMENDED major for someone who wants a professional career in the performing arts (and what majors would be much more helpful).

And of course, we will talk all about YOU, because you will be there and I will ask you to fill me in on your questions, your goals, your experiences thus far.

Space is limited! Register today:
https://linktr.ee/MMVS

2020 does not shake my faith that life is (still) filled with beautiful surprises for you.For example: I’ve gathered som...
07/10/2020

2020 does not shake my faith that life is (still) filled with beautiful surprises for you.

For example: I’ve gathered some of my favorite coaches and industry mentors, including Grammy and Emmy winning songwriter and producer Peter Zizzo and casting director and PCPA recruiting coordinator Erik Stein, to offer a FREE online retreat for students of the arts ages 13-23 (younger and older may inquire).

We will meet on Sunday, August 16th from 1pm-7pm ET (with plenty of breaks and pauses built in).

Our inspirational and grounding sessions include:

Free Your Dreams: Align Your Goals with your Purpose, Your Passion and Your Dreams all Season
Melissa Mulligan, Owner, Music Career Mastermind

Thrive while you Strive: Mindfulness Practices to Move Through Anxiety, Busy-ness and Stress Responses
Sarah Sherwood, Life Coach and Physiological Stress Response Mentor

Growth Mindset: Discover the Power of Self-Compassion, Empathy, and Vulnerability
Maggie Hollinbeck, Actor/Musician, Actor’s Mindset Coach

Dare to Suck: Live Your Freest, Creative Life, While Doing Your Best Work
Peter Zizzo, Grammy and Emmy-Winning Songwriter & Producer

Be Messy: Perform with Freedom by Letting Us See You Deal With the Unexpected
Erik Stein, Casting Director and Recruitment Coordinator, PCPA

Move with Intention: Movement, Breath and Grounding Practices for Day to Day Excellence
Natasha Walters, Owner, Bodyworks Yoga Studio

You may use this link to register for FREE or add an optional donation to our Music Ed Scholarship Fund:

https://www.mymmvs.com/the-dream-come-true-retreat

And... Keep an eye out for an August MMVS Fest of epic free and pay what you can events. #GetReady #AugustReset #FallFor...
07/08/2020

And... Keep an eye out for an August MMVS Fest of epic free and pay what you can events. #GetReady #AugustReset #FallForward

One of the final pics I took while packing last weekend. #laugh
07/02/2020

One of the final pics I took while packing last weekend. #laugh

Our online youth Showcase Camp begins July 10th! This is a one-of-a-kind virtual performance camp, culminating in an onl...
06/30/2020

Our online youth Showcase Camp begins July 10th!

This is a one-of-a-kind virtual performance camp, culminating in an online showcase featuring our performers. During our five weeks together, we will work on all of the elements that go into creating a great performance in weekly, 90-minute sessions including: Preparation, connection, mindset, acting and individualized vocal work.

We will meet every Friday for five weeks starting July 10th, and end with an online showcase that will be open to the public.

Registration is open now!

You’re welcome to use discount code SUMMER100 for $100 off, and you’re welcome to share that with friends.

This program is open to ages 10-14, but others may inquire.

Details below!

https://www.mymmvs.com/showcase-camp

Y’all better get ready for Fall is all I’m saying. #entrepreneurialthinking #mastermindlife
06/28/2020

Y’all better get ready for Fall is all I’m saying. #entrepreneurialthinking #mastermindlife

Please welcome Samuel Aubuchon to our Mastermind coaching team!Originally from KCMO, Samuel Vincent Aubuchon is a devote...
06/25/2020

Please welcome Samuel Aubuchon to our Mastermind coaching team!

Originally from KCMO, Samuel Vincent Aubuchon is a devoted musician, singer/songwriter, and actor. A former Mastermind himself, he is thrilled to join the family of MMVS coaches.

With a diverse musical background, SVA has performed in a wide variety of esteemed venues across the country, including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Starlight Theatre in KCMO, the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, the renowned Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre in NYC to name a few. SVA has appeared onstage in concert settings with Phillipa Soo and Stephanie J. Block, and performed backup for Casi Joy of NBC’s ‘the Voice.’

SVA’s work stretches across multiple planes of the arts industry. As a theatre artist, Samuel has curated an extensive resume of regional work in the KC Metro. He has also worked as an instrumentalist and voice over artist for several groups within the marching arts, most recently lending vocals to the 2020 United Percussion production, “Searching…”

In January 2020, SVA began a solo recording project with the release of his EP, [Rewritten], and continues to produce and release his original music. The Q Review describes Samuel as a “talented modern day balladeer” with an “old world association with his voice, matched alongside a modern day sensibility and approach to music” (www.qreview.ca).

SVA is committed to inspiring young artists to create in their day to day. Following the cancellation of the 2020 Jimmy Awards, Samuel conceived and hosted the nationwide Living Room Songwriter’s Competition in order to spark creativity in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Samuel worked closely with industry professionals Anson Seabra, Natalie Weiss, and Andrew Barth Feldman to bring the performing arts a bit closer to home, and inspire young artists to find a musical outlet during quarantine.

To learn more about Samuel Vincent Aubuchon, find him on the web at www.svaofficial.com (@svaubuchon)

The changes in the college application and audition process have students wondering “Will online auditions hurt my chanc...
06/24/2020

The changes in the college application and audition process have students wondering “Will online auditions hurt my chances? Will test-scores being optional impact me, will 2021 be the hardest year to get in to a program, how do I choose a program sight unseen?”

Dear high school students: I hear you. These are all good questions. Remember that these changes are being made to serve you, not hurt you. Colleges want to encourage students to keep applying and keep enrolling. Some are managing this quite well. Some are still rather disorganized. So now, more than ever, please remember that you’re auditioning THEM for the very important and crucial job of training, nurturing and developing you.

And also, the careers you’re seeking are changing too, in ways that will last long beyond the re-opening of public events.

So, this requires evaluating and understanding the new college and career landscapes according to your personal road map.
The key is not to treat college as an end goal or a particular program as a gate-keeper to your success.

You're about to hire an institution for four crucial years of your life. You're about to pay them thousands of dollars, in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars (and in some cases accumulate years of debt) in exchange for the services this institution is going to provide you.

What I want is for you to know what you're hiring college to do for you and whether that specific school is capable of providing it.

In my opinion, if you're hiring a college to support a career goal, that requires you to know (ahead of time) what your industry will ask of you in the professional world so you can evaluate what schools are best equipped to help you.

Asking me to help advise you on colleges will prompt me to ask you questions about your career goals, your skills, your personal goals, your personality, your financial needs/goals, your philosophy about what college means to you, etc.

I’ve made a few extra slots available for complimentary road mapping sessions for students (with a parent present). Feel free
to the link in below to request a session!

https://linktr.ee/MMVS

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06/24/2020

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A father's love, support, and influence are some of the greatest gifts we can experience in this lifetime. Dads: Thank y...
06/21/2020

A father's love, support, and influence are some of the greatest gifts we can experience in this lifetime.

Dads: Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family’s journeys, and for all that you do to ensure your kids’ dreams are supported.

They are lucky to have you in their corners and we are lucky to have you in our community.

Have a wonderful Father's Day Weekend!

06/17/2020

These cancelations students have managed since March have been challenging.

But what I’m seeing in this era of cancelations is an opportunity to focus on independent thinking, self-motivation, tech skills and creativity. And also, bonus: deeper online friendships all around the country.

When you’re a student of the arts life is filled with music, rehearsals, performances and friends.

After high school and/or college is over, the life of an aspiring professional or active professional can be quite isolating. Life instantly becomes more about what you create on your own free time rather than moving through pre-set schedules and structures.

This challenging time continues to be an opportunity to live “as if” you’re going pro and try independent living on for size.

And while we we know (at least I hope) that this is temporary everyone is learning useful new ways of collaborating right now.

Enjoy this delightfully horrible and heartfelt version of “Happy Birthday” with our summer songwriting collab camp participants.
They’re in student run breakout sessions twice a week working on assigned pitch sheets like pro-writers. Bonus: they’re writing and recording together online just like the pros do.

Online isn’t limiting. It expands your options. It has been a huge reality inside the industry for years. I love that more students are catching up now!

Happy Monday! Today (June 15th) is the LAST DAY to sign up for all online summer programs except for our youth Showcase ...
06/15/2020

Happy Monday! Today (June 15th) is the LAST DAY to sign up for all online summer programs except for our youth Showcase Camp, so please sign up now if you're interested!

Here's what we have planned for this summer:

ACTING ACCELERATOR
Acting Accelerator brings you ground-breaking online scene work with conservatory-level acting and listening exercises, script analysis and direction. Students will do in-depth scene work from American Realism plays, using their true circumstances of being in a zoom room. Students will use what is available to them to influence their scene partners and unearth the truth: Language, framing, and their creativity. This one of a kind group will be led by casting director Erik Stein (PCPA) and NYC coaches Maggie Hollinbeck, Casey Miko, and Shayna Leigh.

Classes meet Mondays and Thursdays from 12pm-2pm ET starting June 22.
MORE INFORMATION | REGISTER TODAY
USE CODE SUMMER25 for 25% OFF

https://www.mymmvs.com/summer-programs-2020

VOCAL ACCELERATOR
Vocal Accelerator is a six week, online, vocal pedagogy course with Melissa Mulligan, Marianna Vagnini, and Anna Luther that aims to equip students with the anatomical, scientific and artistic knowledge and skills needed to further their careers as singers while learning the fundamentals of coaching other singers.

Classes meet Saturdays at 10am ET, with an optional lab on Wednesdays at 3pm ET, starting June 20.
MORE INFORMATION | REGISTER TODAY
USE CODE SUMMER25 for 25% OFF

https://www.mymmvs.com/summer-programs-2020

MUSICAL THEATER PRESCREEN LAB
Our focus in this online summer program led by Casey Miko and Melissa Mulligan is to work on the nuts and bolts of prescreens for Musical Theater with a select group of students so that the performance itself can be the primary focus and get the attention it deserves. We include project management tools, the proper elements of self-tape (lighting, audio, framing), your audition material and the most important part: Your performance.

Classes meet Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm ET starting June 24.
MORE INFORMATION | REGISTER TODAY
USE CODE SUMMER25 for 25% OFF

https://www.mymmvs.com/summer-programs-2020

SONGWRITING COLLAB CAMP
Join Melissa Mulligan, Skip Glogan, and Coley O’Toole for this online collaborative songwriting laboratory. We will write in breakout groups, creating great music and great friendships. Classes will explore writing themes, prompts and methods before heading into breakout sessions to collaborate

Classes meet Tuesdays and Sundays from 2pm-4pm ET starting June 16.
MORE INFORMATION | REGISTER TODAY
USE CODE SUMMER25 for 25% OFF!

https://www.mymmvs.com/summer-programs-2020

SHOWCASE CAMP
Calling all future Masterminds! Join us this summer for a one-of-a-kind virtual performance camp, culminating in an online showcase featuring all of our performers. During our five weeks together, we will work on all of the elements that go into creating a great performance in weekly, 90-minute sessions.

Classes will meet Friday afternoons at 3:30pm ET starting on July 10.
MORE INFORMATION | REGISTER BY JULY 1st
USE CODE SUMMER100 FOR $100 OFF

https://www.mymmvs.com/summer-programs-2020

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Welcome to our Music Career Mastermind Program! This is an online program comprised of interactive, group master classes, community "show & tells," private lessons and online training material. We work with aspiring recording artists, producers, writers, instrumentalists, vocalists, and musical theatre students from around the world.

Our goal is simple: First of all, we unleash your creative brilliance and elevate your skills so you have the perfect combination of knowing what you're doing and knowing who you are. Simultaneously, we outline your goals and dreams, educate you on the industry you wish to work in, take you through the academic landscape and your best options (if that applies to you), and create a road map for your success that cuts out all the additional clutter, chaos and stress that comes from not knowing what you need to do to reach your goals. During our ten weeks together, you will train hard, find your creative spark and develop your skills in ways you never thought possible, thanks to the support and expertise of eight of our expert coaches and the support and inspiration you'll receive from your classmates.

We want you to be an expert in how your field works and develop a plan for what you are going to do within it. You’ve been given a passion for music and have cultivated the right attitude and work ethic. Now, let’s get to work to create the life and career you desire (and deserve)!

Melissa Mulligan has been coaching singers, musicians and songwriters for more than a decade. She works as the vocal coach for professional recording artists such as AJR, Hailey Knox, New Found Glory, Ellie DeSautels (from NBC's Rise) and many more, and currently serves as a vocal consultant for major labels and music industry professionals. Her students have signed to major record labels, toured the world, won platinum and gold records, performed on all the late night and day time talk shows, and entered prestigious music schools such as Berklee College of Music, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, Belmont, USC, and many more.

Michael Mangini is a two time Grammy Award–winning and multi-Platinum award-winning record producer and owner of Mojo Music, a production and artist management company. He has worked with The Jonas Brothers, Digable Planets, Baha Men, Joss Stone, David Byrne, The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Bruce Hornsby, Smash Mouth, Dionne Warwick, Five for Fighting, Imani Coppola, Andy Grammer, AJR, Grace Weber, Diane Birch, Jillette Johnson, Hailey Knox, Jackie Evancho, Elise LeGrow, and many more. He was also the Music Producer for the film "Shrek."

Bios for the rest of are amazing team can be found on our web site: http://musiccareermastermind.com Email Melissa Mulligan at [email protected]

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Our son, Reed Shannon thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot at the Undeniable Singer vocal clinic in Los Angeles last week. Thank you Melissa Mentus Mulligan. Here is Reed singing at an event in Burbank, CA on July 14th.
Melissa-I know you've touched on social media recently but for the first time I've just considered boosting posts on FB to promote Arianna's new music releases...and since I found this page a few months ago through a "sponsored" ad I was hoping you'd have some specific insight: Which option should we choose when it comes to demographics? Friends of people who have liked the fan page, people in our region (she doesn't perform locally very often) or select based on interests/hobbies/age etc. Just background on Arianna Brooke since I know your page is growing quickly and we haven't had a chance to get on a call yet with you: She's 18, country music singer/songwriter, works closely with a producer/co-writer, released her first original music this summer (will have all 5 of her songs uploaded on iTunes in the next week), two songs are currently available, she's been performing since the age of two, *side note Arianna is also a yodeling ventriloquist and if you watched Miss America on Sunday night we are good friends with Miss Louisiana and we also know Darci Lynn that is currently on Americas Got Talent. Although Arianna does ventriloquism for talent competitions she doesn't want to be "that yodeling puppet girl" and takes her country music career very seriously. She's planning to try college in Colorado next year (music major) and is considering becoming a vocal coach to help support herself while she pursues her own "dream" career. She has had some very positive feedback from radio and Nashville. They're waiting to hear more from her and we just are taking each opportunity as it presents itself to see where she's headed next. Thank you for all of your guidance this summer. I've enjoyed having a sounding board for all of our questions while we're transitioning from a singing teenager to a professional adult.
Wonderful job this morning! A book that I've found helpful with my students (and my son😊) is THE ARTIST'S COMPASS by Rachel S Moore. She writes about what it takes and the realities of pursuing a career in the arts.