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Meet Radina Veliova of Vocals on Stage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Radina Veliova.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Radina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
15 years ago I decided to let passion lead my life. This was when I decided to dedicate my professional life to the human voice, music, speech and singing. Ever since then I have a relentless hunger for knowledge in the field of voice production, singing and speech. I am happy that my clients call me a vocal coach, mentor and voice specialist.

I have been a musician and singer throughout my whole life. Growing up in Austria allowed me to be part of a wonderful music scene. At the age of 6 I started playing classical cello, by the age of 12 I was singing and performing in school plays, as well as writing my first songs.

I was first trained at the Unique Voice Studios – a private school for contemporary music in Vienna, Austria, and studied jazz vocals at the Schubert Conservatory in Vienna. For years I has studied with different mix singing teachers and private vocal coaches Romana Caren Lakinger, Sandy Cressman, Monika Ballwein, Dean Kaelin and many others and have been mentored by the renowned vocal coach Rocio Guitard in the Bay area, CA. I am an associate teacher and member of IVTOM – International Voice Teachers of Mix, hold a Master of Science Degree from the University of Vienna and speak English, German, Bulgarian and French.

In 2010, I created the vocal program Vocals-on-Stage, a singing method for contemporary music. With Vocals-on-Stage I wanted to provide a place for singers to find and free their voice, become the performer they want to be and develop their potential, both as a singer and a performer. Singing with good technique is the first step towards building your confidence on stage. In order to become a great performer and artist, we need to combine skills with soul, in order for the artist to be authentic.

I am a songwriter performer myself, being the front singer of the award winning and internationally touring electronic music duo Fatmagic. Therefor I know the demands and needs for a healthy vocal technique for performers and any singer in general; hobbyist and professional. I have made it my mission to help my clients to achieve their goals and become the best singers they can be.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are always obstacles and road blocks but if you feel driven and determined, there’s always a way.

I would say that my own mental scripts were the biggest challenge for me but once I took the focus off myself and instead focused on what my clients need, things clicked. I am able to teach, using my knowledge but also my intuition and approach singing on a holistic level, rather than just training a specific part of the body. I think this is one of the key elements which distinguish Vocals-on-Stage.

At the end, singing should be fun! When things are flowing, everything works better and smoother!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Vocals-on-Stage – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Vocals-on-Stage is based in Los Angeles and lessons can be booked at two different studio locations, in Culver City and NoHo. We also teach private lessons via Skype or FaceTime to students all over the world.

We are specialized in contemporary music, Pop, R’n’B, Country, Musical Theater, Rock, Soul, Blues etc. My clients range from complete beginners to touring artists, boy or girl bands, solo artists, choir members, musical theater singers of all ages and backgrounds.

I am proud of my clients for working hard but enjoying the process.

Practice should be fun and when people tell me that they don’t feel motivated to practice, I tell them that motivation comes once you start doing it. After some time, they agree with it.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
LA is an awesome city, it has so much variety. The weather is great, you have so much diversity, culture, music, entertainment, creativity, food AND the beach! There are many hidden hubs and no matter how long I live here, I don’t think it could ever get bored here. I love the Westside in particular for the beaches and the breeze but other areas of LA have definitely something to give and a different vibe, depending on the mood you’re in or what you’re looking for on a night/day out.

LA traffic is definitely on top of my list for least favorite things, however it is possible to avoid the traffic and as I got to know the city better, I’ve become pretty good at avoiding traffic.

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