My work with/in The Speakeasy Cooperative™, How to Run Your Business Without Hating Your Boss 2020, and one on one work with Michelle and Sara has changed my life in ways I never imagined. My voice biz has changed so profoundly since I joined SECO in 2019, I almost don’t recognize myself! Like many teachers, I had a pretty decent, evolving handle on my pedagogical tools, and I was sure trying like heck to up-level my business, but beyond super intense studio policies, I was stuck. Looking back, I truly had NO idea the wonderful world of options there was out there for an independent studio owner.
In the last year and a half, I have completely shifted my studio from an hourly based pricing service to a tuition model, learned to use countless systems to streamline and automate my workflow, built evergreen products to help other voice teachers, and figured out the kind of studio and life I WANT to have/how I wish to serve and engage with my ideal clients – and I’m really just beginning!! This a far cry from the merry-go-round of feeling like I never had enough students, ever, like I couldn’t take any time off because I would lose too much income, feeling tremendous resentment towards the school I was an independent contractor at, and having rates that were so low I needed to maintain 30+ students a week to make my finances work. Oh, and I also flirted with serious burnout, on the reg.
When I reached out to Michelle in December 2019, I was at my wit’s end…I knew there had to be a better way, I just needed to leap. I joined SECO, and met a tremendous group of voice professionals, at every level of their business and studio life, who sincerely inspire and challenge me regularly to look at things from a different perspective. I then did the 10-week summer program, How to Run Your Business Without Hating Your Boss, and I’ve been digesting and implementing that goodness ever since!
Being exposed to such a diverse group of people, who are running all kinds of studio models in all corners of the globe is such an amazing thing – and it’s also lovely to be able to help others with my own skills that I never knew were of value to anyone else because I’m just…me.
I’m thrilled to be a member of this vibrant crop of mavens, and I truly cannot recommend the work Michelle does highly enough. If you’re ready to take shizz to the next level, what are you waiting for? Come play with us!