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Meet Gerald White of Music1on1 Inc. in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gerald White.

Gerald, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to LA in 1992 to pursue a career as a session singer. In the meantime, I opened a vocal studio and started working with singers. This studio took off about 12 years ago and has become a wonderful place for singers to get education, not only vocally but also connect into the business. About the time this studio became very active, I made my way into the LA Session Scene. Since then I’ve sung on over 200 T.V., film, commercial and video game projects including GLEE and the recent Sing, LA LA Land, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and many more. With this experience, I’m able to guide the new singers and help them develop their goals in becoming a very versatile and professional asset to the singer community. We’ve also start LASightsinger.com which is both an online, and local class at SAGAFTRA where singers learn how to read music. Music1on1 Inc. is a comprehensive training ground for the working singer.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was not a smooth road. There were many years here where I wanted to give up and move back home. It took about 10 years to really break into the business as a full time musician and teacher. It’s also expensive to live here in LA so I did the usual jobs that I feel most actors and singers do. I waited tables, was a substitute teacher in South Central LA, played the clubs and restaurants and everything I could get my hands on to meet people and make ends meet. It’s obvious now but then not so much that LA is filled with thousands of talented people. Getting to the right people to hire you is the trickiest part. Once that happens, having all of the tools in place to make it work is the most essential.

Please tell us about Music1on1 Inc.
My company is a comprehensive training for singers. Vocal health is our emphasis and then we move into developing what it takes to make a living as a viable singer in town. What sets my company apart is the experience I’ve had as a session singer so I get to live what I preach. I have to keep up my chops as a vocalist, keep up my reading skills and have gone down that rocky road to success. I feel my students see me as an example because I’m still very involved and they get to experience that first hand.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have been more proactive. I would have been more aggressive. The biggest mistake was sending out material and waiting. Even though I was out working, I realize now if I could do this all over, I would join every organization, go to every party, go to every open mic night, do every play, make a phone call several times a day to a new composer and like Quincy Jones once told me, make your job when you don’t have one, spending 8 hours a day finding that job.

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