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A.V.A Live Radio Exclusive: SJ Premiers His New Christmas Song, One Christmas Wish

Exclusive: SJ Premiers His New Christmas Song, One Christmas Wish with Jacqueline Jax on AVA Live Radio. Catch the rest of the show on the main web site.


Tune in with Jacqueline Jax on A.V.A Live Radio

Tune in to A.V.A Live Radio with host Jacqueline Jax, as she sits down with the hottest upcoming artists, entertainment industry professionals, and celebrity stylists from around the world. Including featured shows like: Fashion Runway Review, Dazzle Diaries with Tracy Timberlake, Behind the Scenes with California Girl Jenny K, Celebrity Fashion Dish with Deserae, and Live Music Spin with Promotor Wanda Ferrari. She’ll bring you the inside scoop on how to get your music career on the road, start an online business, train for top vocals and how to build an online fan base. Find great deals and new products weekly as we feature online business owners and get the inside scoop on their industry. Don’t miss the show!

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A.V.A Live Radio Music Spin with Chris Michaud

Join hosts Jacqueline Jax and Steve Minotti as they get up close and personal with Chris Michaud this Thursday August 18th at 10pm EST.


Chris Michaud is a twenty-six year old singer/songwriter from Litchfield, New Hampshire. But even while growing up on all genres of music, it wasn’t until after high school that he began to develop an appreciation for songwriting. It was then that his father gave him his first acoustic guitar.

Two years and a dozen songs later, Chris made the move to Brookline, Massachusetts to put himself in the thick of the Boston music scene. It was there and then that Chris’ personal style really began to take shape. Playing at various open micas in Boston and Cambridge earned him enough credibility to start playing more serious shows at colleges, universities, and a host of other venues.

In the fall of 2009, Chris spent a weekend at Rocking Horse Studios in Pittsfield, NH to record his first EP. Co-produced by Chris, his brother Jeff Michaud and the studio’s owner Brian Coombes, “Connect the Dots” was a collection of modest yet thoughtful acoustic tracks complimented by a studio backing band. Adorned with light drums, bass, cello, and piano, the EP proves to be a noteworthy freshman effort from this unique songwriter.

With plenty more songs in tow, Michaud plans to record the follow up to “Connect the Dots” in the fall of 2011.

With an arsenal of well versed lyrics and a well rounded style, Chris now has a loyal and increasingly large following that continues to grow every day. Chris Michaud is now based in South Florida, playing venues like Kevro’s Art Bar, the Funky Buddha Lounge, and the Design Center of the Americas.

Celebrity Fashion Dish with Deserae on A.V.A Live Radio

If you adore couture and your up for a fun fashion adventure, then you will love this show. The Celebrity Fashion Dish with Deserae is one of the newest segments just launched this Summer on A.V.A Live Radio. The station is dedicated to launching new music and helping to give budding talent a place to express themselves. Host Jacqueline Jax and Deserae Felix help you sift through the vast sea of trends and runway shows for the seasons hottest new looks and the celebrities who wear them. Get ready to have some fun with your fashion!

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Check out the latest show: Celebrity Fashion Dish with Deserae (below)

A.V.A Live Radio Features Singer Steve Minotti

Join host Jacqueline Jax with music promoter Wanda Ferrari for a Live Music Spin featuring Steve Minotti sponsored by www.TodaysTruffles.com . They’ll be getting up close and personal with this talented artist and sharing some insider information on the music industry. Including some hot new ways to get your music out there, Open Mic Nights and more… Be sure to visit Steve Minotti’s web site : www.steveminotti.com

Show Airs Sunday July 10 @ 10 p.m eastern time.

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A.V.A Live Radio Features Celebrity Fashion Dish with Deserae

Join host Jacqueline Jax- Style Editor for TodaysTruffles.com and roaming reporter Deserae as they dish the latest celebrity style and fashion icons, the clothes and accessory trends. See who wore what, the designer that made it, and where to get it. Fashion news direct from the runways and continuous coverage on high style events. The chat room will be open during the show and we’ll be taking callers during the show.

Featuring the latest fashion trends set by Lady Gaga at the 2011 Canadian MMVA’s, What’s behind Beyonce’s racy new looks, Why Selena Gomez’s is to sexy in Dolce and Gabana at the Billboard Awards, and much more.

Airs Sunday @ 10 p.m eastern time.

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WIN FREE COUTURE: $1500 Get-Away Give-Away from Jackie’s Boutique

Grand Prize: A $1500 Vacation wear wardrobe from the Jackie’s Boutique Couture Collection.

Step #1: To enter be sure you subscribe to TodaysTruffles.com.
Step #2: Then fill in the form at JackiesBoutique.com(click here) and tell us why you should be our winner. The winner will be selected from our Today’s Truffles Subscribers and will be announced on Sunday June 19 @ 7pm on www.AvALiveRadio.com

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Confidence -Pageant Coach 101 with Wendi Russo

Confidence is an ongoing process and absolutely critical in any pageant or any entertainment career.  When you are not confident, we can see you going inward, looking worried, and often like a deer in the headlights.  That is when you’re not present. When you are in your head and your face loses expression and all connection is lost with the audience and the judges.
When you are confident, your body language, facial expressions and intention come through on stage and in interview and affects the cadence of your voice, the delivery of your answers and that unseen quality of leadership becomes clear.  Everyone can see that the winner has entered the room.
But how to gain the confidence?  The best way to gain confidence is to practice, to be 100% prepared well before pageant day and to get an outside perspective about your interview, your walk, your posing, and advice from either a former contestant about the system and what they look for or a pageant coach.  I recommend watching winners—from DVD’s, by going to pageants and seeing what the winning elements are, and doing the research about your system for wardrobe, and fitness expectations.  When you know you look your best and worked hard at it, I believe it will show up in your confidence level and the way you move.
Acting ‘as if’ you’re the titleholder is also important.  Making appearances, speaking in front of groups about your platform, looking the part everyday and creating a truth within yourself that you are the titleholder.  You should know what you are going to do with the title and have a real game plan.  Make a list of 3 reasons that you are the best contestant for the job—they should be what sets you apart from other contestants.  Knowing what you have to offer will give you confidence.
If you are still unsure if you could be the titleholder, ask yourself what old story are you still holding onto that prevents you from feeling worthy of winning the crown.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  – Marianne Williamson

For help with confidence, feel free to contact me for more on-on-one help. I wish you all a wonderful spring!

Wendi Russo
Inspire Coaching  – www.wendirusso.com

**Be sure to catch Wendi on www.AvALiveRadio.com Sunday at 7pm est US time.
Wendi enjoys coaching other women to success in pageantry and in life like Yasmine Ryback, (also on the show) the new Mrs. MN America 2011 who also placed top 6 at Mrs. America.  Topics: competing to win, secrets to success and beauty and fashion tips of the trade. What not to wear and how to prepare. Join us in our chat room during the show and submit your questions : http://jacquelinejax.com/contact/

How do you deal with negativity?

Michele Shannon

Michele Shannon

When you have a goal or dream and others don’t “get it” how do you deal with the negativity? How do you deal with the family member or friend who just doesn’t understand you and what you are doing?   Maybe you spent your whole life dreaming about this goal you are working toward achieving.  For the aspiring singer/song writer or anyone in the entertainment industry who is just starting out, finding that others don’t understand “the why” can be a very real challenge. “The why” being, why do you want to do this?

The first thing we want to acknowledge is that no one likes to be misunderstood.  It is especially difficult when the person that doesn’t understand you is a person that you feel close to and who’s opinion you value.  Feeling bad about others not understanding is normal but you have got to know how to manage these feelings so you can get beyond them.  It is important to manage this for yourself because feeling bad is not going to help you to be productive and successful it can actually hamper you from achieving your goals. So what do you do?  Remember that even though you value someone’s opinion you don’t have to share the same view all the time and this may be one of the times you differ on your opinions.

It is important to have set defined goals and to look at what it will take to achieve them, also important to establish what you don’t have that you will need.  You will need to look at what obstacles there will be along the way as well. The “naysayers” can be neatly filed under obstacles.  When dealing with this particular obstacle it is important to understand that these people are more often than not well intentioned.  Knowing they are well meaning and have your best interest at heart can help you to understand them and why they say what they say. Compassion and understanding are important in overcoming the frustration you feel over this.

When you find that there are people around you that don’t understand you or what you are trying to do it will be important to just accept this and move on.  The next thing you are going to want to do is find people to surround yourself with that do understand you and are supportive.  You should be looking for a mentor and also others in the business that can be there for you.  Certainly there are going to be some friends and relatives that support you as well as a few that don’t.  Life has a way of providing balance, focus on the positive not the negative.  Remember this is your dream, your goal, your passion and it stays alive as long as you breathe life into it.  This in not between you and the negative people in your life but rather it is between you and the world that waits for you to arrive!  The world is waiting for your talent, your performance and it should be their applause that you have yet to hear that spurs you on!

– Michele Shannon

**We will talk more about this on A.V.A. Live, Sunday, January 30, 2011 with Michele Shannon, Life Coach/ Pageant Coach and Author of “Child of the Universe”. Michele will tell us about her newly release book as well.  You can visit www.micheleshannon.com for more information about our upcoming guest.

Believing in Oneself and Success with Wendi Russo

Wendi Russo

Wendi Russo

One important element that continues showing up in any discussion related to success is believing in oneself.  The philosophy being, if you don’t believe in yourself, why will anyone else?  Or more importantly when you’re “selling” yourself, your product, your services, it is your confidence that makes people believe in you and want to support you or purchase from you—or as in pageants, choose you as their Queen.

How do you believe in yourself? What are the steps to build your confidence?  First you want to start behaving as if you are already the titleholder–before you win, make appearances to learn to connect to people of all ages, speak about your platform to improve your speaking and presentation skills, plan what you will do with the title after you win.  Behave as if…  that helps create your leadership energy and posture.  Now you are starting to see yourself in the role and position.  And others will envision you as the titleholder when you have the winning charisma.

Another is to look the part.  When you appear for a job interview or for a pageant competition, I suggest that you look as though you already have the “part”.   If you are going for a TV anchor job, a corporate sales job, or the job of a titleholder, do your research ahead of time and watch what women are dressed like when they have that position; how their hair and makeup is styled.  Now your potential employer can envision you in the role.

Still another way to get rid of old beliefs about yourself is to focus on the kind of woman you want to be. Not on who you think you are.  When you are first creating who you want to be, what other people think of you is not accurate, nor is it any of your business.  It is a waste of time to focus on what you are not.  Time to start saying who you want to be and do what you need to do to hone those aspects of your personality.  It takes time for us to catch up with who we envision ourselves to be.  One day you will find you overshot your mark and have already become that which you envisioned.  Trust yourself and trust the Universe to bring back to you whatever energy you project.  Ask and you shall receive, although not always when you want it to happen.

Start reading inspirational material–that is what you want to fill your mind with, not limiting thoughts about what you are capable of right now.  Some great resources are:  “Tut Universe”–sign up for their email daily inspirational thought from Mike Dooley and another would be “Power of Positive Thinking”.  For healing I recommend Marianne Williamson’s “A Woman’s Worth”  and also anything by Rhonda Britton and Iyanla Van Zant.  It takes time to heal our old wounds and to allow ourselves to become the fabulous inspiration we really are.  It takes time to believe in our own worth and to ignore the negative Nelly’s who want to diminish our value.  Remember that those very people are those who feel the same way about themselves…that they do not have high value.  When you feel good about yourself, you want to support others in their development and growth.

I want to encourage all of you to develop your self confidence and to allow yourself to be the child of God that you are–gifted and powerful.  Step into your greatness.

-Wendi Russo
Coach and Image consultant
“The Winning You”

**You may read more about me at www.wendirusso.com and may contact me for coaching at russowendi@yahoo.com.

A.V.A LIVE Blog Talk Radio:

Join host Jacqueline Jax, Director of Artist Development for the American Vocal Academy as she gets the 5 Secrets to Success from NBC television host, Mrs. MN America 2008, Mrs MN United States 2010 & First Runner up to Mrs United States 2010 -Wendi Russo. She knows what it takes to be a WINNER! Learn from the best on how to develop a winning stage presence and excellent interview skills. Plus tips on how to cure your stage fright. We want you to set your goals and succeed! Join us on chat during the show to get your questions answered. We will be selecting 5 lucky people from our A.V.A community to speak with Wendi live on the air. Click here: A.V.A LIVE

Preparing for an Audition with Jacqueline Jax

Jacqueline Jax New Music

Jacqueline Jax New Music

1. Prepare Early

If you are serious about auditioning for theater or singing contests then you need to start now. The sooner you can prepare several solid routines to keep in your audition arsenal, the better off you will be come game time. When you audition for anything, it’s nerve racking enough just to be judged without having to worry about a new routine going horribly wrong. My advise to you is to start now by making a list of 10-15 strong possibilities. Select songs from a wide range of genres. I recommend having a balance of musical theater arrangements, pop, rock, jazz, country and at least 3 classics. You will need to cover your bets so that when you show up and the director asks if you can sing …. You at least have a close option to perform. Research different versions of your choices on YouTube to get ideas.  Then video yourself and check your practices for pitch and professional sound. This is where a talented vocal coach can help you perform your best.

2. Originality

Bring your own personality to your audition. If your singing a song, do not try to emulate the original singer. No one can make an impression sounding like a copy cat. Even worse if you don’t get it perfect, you may be titled the worst karaoke bar singer by the judges. And that’s not what your going for. Instead, plan ahead and deconstruct two really solid songs that sound terrific accapella. Select songs that don’t require fast dance style backup tracks. Slow to Mid-tempo songs with really catchy hook lines in the chorus work out the best and are the most memorable. I love songs like “At Last” , “Broken Wing” or “Natural Woman”.

Which ever song you sing, be sure that you put your own spin on it by changing up the phrasing, adding a few transitions (if that’s your style) and finding a part in the song where you add in the wow factor that will set you apart from the rest of the pack.

3. What to wear

It’s important to be comfortable and dressed appropriately. Some auditions tell you what to wear, especially if you need to dance or if they have a specific look in mind. Avoid overly sexy and flashy clothing. A little glitter is fine but an outfit that looks like Silverster Stallon in Rhinestone Cowboy is not a winning combo. Guys stick to jeans and a fresh white button down shirt or cleanly pressed tee. No baseball caps. Girls be careful about dressing age appropriately, nothing to short, to tight or to revealing and please no pearls unless Auntie Thelma is the part your going for. When selecting an outfit, you need to think about your image and personality.

4. A Confident Presence

Unless you are auditioning for the role of a blind person, it is good to make eye contact with everyone, even the person who escorts you into the room. A confident look is preferable to an uncomfortable stare. Try to tell judges in your glance alone that you are more than capable of playing the part you’d like.

A good strong handshake, in any field, is a plus. Firm grips show that you are not afraid of much. A weak grip indicates uncertainty and nerves.

Many people slouch into an audition with the air of apologizing before they have even performed. This will take points from your performance immediately. How can you expect to command a winning roll if your staring at the floor with a scared insecure look on your face? Throw your shoulders back and speak in a confident unwavering voice. Practice this repeatedly on your friends, until it comes naturally.

5. The WOW factor

Every successful audition has what judges call the “Wow Factor”. It’s best to have just 1 Wow per audition. Don’t go for the over kill here. If you want to be memorable and leave the judges wanting more, you’ll want to strategically place and deliver an amazing Wow moment. If you have a large range or an area in your voice that is particularly solid, then hit your strongest note and deliver a dramatic vocal utilizing you best ability. Remember this is show business not the circus, so your wow factor has to be special but not a joke. For instance dressing up like batman and singing “Fly me to the moon” is not a Wow moment for a judge. They may drop their jaws, but trust me these kinds of antics won’t get you the win.

When all is said and done, there is an art to auditioning well. It takes alot of preparation, some experience and a ton of talent. Just remember, the more prepared you are, the better of you will be. My best advise is to start early and develop as many talents as you can. In the end, it’s about building yourself and become a triple threat in the entertainment business.

Be sure to catch the show on www.AvaLiveRadio.com as we talk about these points and more to help you prepare for a successful audition. Join me with my co-host from Australia, Kaitlyn Thomas and former Mrs Texas Christy Whitaker with featured musical guest A.V.A Artist Tracy Timberlake as we discuss “How to prepare for an audition”. We’ll give you everything that you need to help you succeed.

Wishing you all the best,

Jacqueline Jax

Online Vocal lessons available at www.AmericanVocalAcademy.com

Work with a master instructor on your audition songs, expanding you range, breathing technique and developing a solid professional sound.

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Tracy Timberlake- A Year in Review: 2010

As I look back on last year, it’s kind of hard for me to chronicle the whole thing in one blog post! I kinda wish I would have blogged the whole year through. All I can say is that it was one heck of a ride!!! I got to be involved in some really great projects and performances! There are 2 major highlights that come to mind:1. Combing Through Life’s Tangles and 2. A.V.A’s Christmas Frosting project.

Combing Through Life’s Tangles is a musical written by local playwright, Mario Betto. It’s the first time I’ve ever gotten to take a “lead role” in a musical and it was so fun! More musical theater is definitely one of my goals for 2011. The show ran for only one weekend, with all of the proceeds going to the Hairstylists for Humanity charity. The cast was fantastic! I just cannot say enough about them, and we all have high hopes for there being a spring production of the show in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I will be sure to keep everyone posted!

Second, Christmas Frosting!!! Mind you, I was working on the musical and the Christmas Frosting Project simultaneously, and I LOVED every minute of it. Anyone that knows me knows I like to work hard! 110% effort is always my motto. It was such an incredible experience to get to share the mic and the video camera with the other AVA students. Jacqueline Jax was fabulous and worked extra hard to get all of the recording and mixing done for the videos. I’m sure they all had as much fun as I did playing around in the studio and trying to get into the Holiday spirit in the middle of September J. I am sooo looking forward to the other projects that the AVA has coming up, so make sure you stay tuned for those as well!

You can also check out my Up Close and Personal Interview that I did for the American Vocal Academy. I go into more detail about the 2010 projects there, and answer a few more questions as well.

All in all, 2010 was a great year. It was so memorable I learned a lot about my voice and the business. And I am even more inspired in 2011! If you’re curious, one of my New Years Resolutions is to write more! Just about experiences or thoughts and feelings. You never know, those thoughts and feelings might end up in a song one day ;-).

Thanks for your support everyone. Don’t forget to check out my pages for more updates:


Warm Wishes for 2011,
Tracy Timberlake

** Be sure to catch Tracy Timberlakes interview on www.AvALiveRadio.com

A.V.A Live Radio Update – The Bitter End with S.J Acoustic


On Monday, January 17 (MLK Day!) at 8pm sharp, I will be performing a very special showcase in NYC. I wanted to take a moment and let you know just how special it is, and humbly ask for your much appreciated support.

First, I will be playing at The Bitter End in Greenwich village (176 Bleecker Street), which is NYC’s oldest rock club. You can just look at its website and see that the statement that “since 1961, many legends have launched their careers in front of the Bitter End’s brick wall” is backed up by the mega-list of famous musicians that have played there, from Joni Mitchell to Neil Young to Billy Joel to Stevie Wonder to Tori Amos and Norah
Jones…the list goes on and on and on.

Second, and most importantly, I am playing at the special invitation of SongCircle Music and its Founder and Artistic Director, Tina Shafer. Tina is an accredited songwriter and musician whose song credits include artists as accomplished as Celine Dione and Bette Midler. For 20 years, Tina and SongCircle have been supporting and showcasing emerging artists, including tiihyseveral now multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists such as Norah Jones, Gavin DeGraw, Vanessa Carlton, and Lisa Loeb. So, as you can imagine, this is a very special showcase for me, and I feel quite honored to be invited at this point in my music career. The catch is, though, that it’s important that I have a fan showing at the showcase. So…

I’m asking for your support if you are in NYC or near…to come out to The Bitter End by 8pm (starting on time) for what I believe will be a wonderful night of musicians.. songwriters “in the round style”, taking turns and sharing songs in their most intimate, acoustic form. If you can’t make it, I’m asking that you please forward this message to friends who might make it, and help spread the word about the showcase. Whoever can make it out, just say at the door that you’re there to see SJ.

Thanks for reading this, and thanks so much for your support. I hope to see you and many others in NYC!

My best,


Be sure to catch SJ on www.AvALiveRadio.com

A.V.A LIVE features David Foster Contest Finalist Erika Rodger Fatale

With incomparable vocal power and a sexy yet edgy style, Erika’s set to take pop music to a whole new level. Her music blends seduction, glamor and confidence.
Join host Jacqueline Jax, Director of Artist Development for the American Vocal Academy as she sits down with David Foster “Get Famous” Contest Finalist singer songwriter, Erika Rodger Fatale. She’ll be telling us about her experience since the contest, relocating to L.A. to record with Diane Warren’s amazing producer Peter Stengaard and her fresh new sound. We’ll be showcasing some of her new tracks during the show. Join us on chat during the show to get your questions answered. We will be taking callers from our A.V.A community to speak with Erica live on the air. Don’t miss it!
Join the www.AmericanVocalAcademy.com and sign up for our free online music Community.

AVA LIVE Radio features YouTube Pop Star Sabrina Carpenter

Join host Jacqueline Jax, Director of Artist Development for the American Vocal Academy as she sits down with Youtube Pop Star Sabrina Carpenter. Hear more about her career this past year and what’s ahead of this 11yr old recording artist with the powerful voice. She’ll talk about her 1 million hits on Youtube and tour to Changsha China Jan 2, 2011 to perform on Hunan Live TV for their Gold Mango Audience festival – Broadcast to over 200 million internationally. Also her guest star appearance on “Law and Order SVU” airing Jan 12th on NBC 10PM EST. With special guests Kaitlyn Thomas from Melbourne Australia, California’s Matthew Jordan and project creator, Myk Gorse from Manchester UK with their “Band Aid” Youtube project. Our chat room will be open live during the show so you can chat with the artists while we are on the air.

Join the AmericanVocalAcademy online music community- Get connected with facebook, youtube, myspace and twitter.

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Visit Sabrina’s web site: http://www.sabrinacarpenter.com/

Visit Kaitlyn Thomas: http://www.kaitlynthomasaust.com

Matthew Jordan: http://www.matthewjordan.com

Myk Gorse: http://www.youtube.com/mykgorse

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Competing in Pageants at Every Age with Wendi Russo

Today in my interview with MORE Magazine, The reporter asked me if I saw a difference in what older contestants needed work on, versus younger contestants when I’m coaching.  She thought that perhaps older women would have different things they needed to work on than the younger competitors.  In particular in interview where the older woman may not edit themselves as much.  I did not agree.

I feel that the issues competitors need to work on are similar across the board and are not related to age. Posture, carriage and personality on stage, fitness level and knowing oneself in interview is not age related necessarily.   Older women are used to being involved in many social situations and can adjust to them so I didn’t

t feel that an inability to edit was an issue.  Fitness I’ve seen as a struggle for all ages, depending on a woman’s knowledge of fitness and food, and Pageantry requires a certain amount of a learning curve to be comfortable on stage and showing ones personality throughout the competition.  I have seen that it takes much longer for teenagers to walk in heels than an older woman, but that is to be expected.

All ages can have feelings of uncertainty about their answers on applications, or what platform they should choose, how to wear their hair, wardrobe, etc.  I see less worry about hair and makeup from younger competitors probably because they are less used to seeing themselves in a certain way and are thrilled to have their hair and makeup done professionally.

If you are new to pageants the training will be the same at any age to get up to speed with what is required in pageantry, but what you will need to focus on will be based on the individual.

The two requirements to be successful in competition remain the same, Discipline and Determination.  I have seen that more often in older competitors because they are usually more intent on winning.  That person usually shines on stage since they are the most prepared and researched about what they need to do to win the pageant.

The one thing that all ages go wrong with, is not getting the guidance they need to truly be able to compete with all ages.  The younger will need guidance from a coach to navigate the pageant system for them and help prepare them for what is expected in interview and on stage; and the older competitors or seasoned competitors will need fresh eyes to help them create their winning edge against other seasoned veterans, particularly if they still haven’t been successful in winning a pageant.   Thinking you don’t need a coach doesn’t help you be your best, because  chances are,  your competitors will probably have a coach and that could create a winning edge for them.

I should know, I entered my first pageant at 40 and did not win…not because of my age, but because I didn’t know what I was doing, and didn’t have a coach (or even know they existed).  If people tell you you do not need a coach, beware…perhaps there are reasons for that.

Wishing you all the best in your training for your upcoming pageants!  I will let you know when the MORE Magazine article will be published.  Will you please “Like” Tiara Trade on Facebook and vote for me for the Mrs. Photogenic Contest?  I appreciate your support!

Wendi Russo

* Be sure to catch the show on www.AvALiveRadio.com for more great information on how to improve your confidence, revamp your image and more.


5 Things to think about before going into the music business..

Getting your music career to take off can be a timely process. You have to pay your dues. What are the dues and to whom do you pay them – you ask? The dues that I am referring to are what entertainment professionals consider the blood, sweat and tears of the music business. But as you work your way up through the ranks, you can give yourself an advantage by learning more about your craft and taking a closer look at what your role models are doing to be successful. This approach works for all businesses but is geared towards starting a career in music. In a series of blogs and shows on www.AvALiveRadio.com, I intend to give you a crash coarse with helpful resources you can use to “Kick start your career”!

Most people don’t get signed by a major record label as soon as they post their first video on YouTube. You have to market yourself and that will require a strategy. Tune in every Sunday @ 6pm for my show as I bring you the people, the plan and the resources to achieve your goals. Whether you are pursuing a career as an independent artist, becoming a new online business owner or giving your current business a kick to the next level; our goal is to help you start the business of your dreams.

The following are the 5 things that I consider.
If you have any questions, call into my next show and ask..

1) Search Your Talents
Search your talents for something that your good at and hopefully love to do. Follow your natural instincts and don’t play by the rules. Think outside of the box. You will be living your choice and in order to be successful, you have to have a passion for your work. be relaistic about your capabilities. If you don’t know how to play piano and you want to become a concert pianist, make sure that you plan well and have the time to perfect your craft. Anything is possible if you love it and work hard. Just keep it real!

2) Time Management
I used to give lectures at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale on time management and the most popular question was; how do you manage school, performing, being a  Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and running your own business? I have always been a business owner and the years that during my NFL days as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, I had to learn to balance my life very specifically. I have always kept a calender and I still to this day schedule in Starbuck breaks, me time, dog time, friend time and exercise. It helps to start with 8 hours of sleep and then block out areas that you will be able to dedicate to important tasks. If your going to be practicing music, then be sure to get 1-2 hours in daily or at least every other day. Most of us will be working in one career while fine tuning the other but setting yourself a schedule and sticking with it is important to your success.

3) Team
A support team is very important. I have always been lucky to have an excellent support team of family and friends around me. You need to make sure that the people you have around you are always positive an supportive of what you are doing. Negative energy will bring you down. If you find that a friend is not in a good place and is crushing your ideas, then you need to talk with them about it and back off from that relationship so that it won’t distract you. When you evaluate your inner circle, look for people who are happy with themselves and happy for you. Even the smallest back handed compliment can stand in your way of becoming successful. When you do encounter that kind of behavior clear it from your mind and use it to fuel your fire because if their jealous then you must be doing something right.

4) Tools
Spend the time and money on the right training and tools to do the job. Even if you have to save up and do things at your own pace, you will be much more successful if you have what you need when you need it. If you want to become a professional singer, then spend the time and money with an excellent coach who cares about your goals and can help you achieve them. If you want to open an internet company make sure you have a terrific computer, fast internet connection and learn how to build and maintain a web site. Find out the costs of web site development, domain names, trademarks, business licenses, over head. Make a list of everything that will cost you money to get your ball rolling and running for the first year and be sure you can support the business while you are building it.

5)Become an expert
In order to make an educated decision to move forward, you need to become an expert in your field. Read free blog articles, magazines and watch youtube videos on every aspect of your business before you take the plunge. All your free time should be spent on research and gather resources. Gather information for your own notebook of these helpful things that you can reference later. We are lucky today because there is such a wealth of knowledge offered on the internet today. Just be sure to judge the source. You also have us here at http://www.AmericanVocalAcademy.com to help you find resources for training, collaboration, out-sourcing, staff, building your team, promotion, etc. Become and active member of our free online music community and use the reasources to kick start your career.

Remember to follow your instincts and think globally. Get started today and be sure to join me on my show this Sunday @ 6pm. Ask you questions in our live chat room and call in the program. www.AvALiveRadio.com

Aim high and work hard!

Here’s to your future,
Jacqueline Jax

Director of Artist Development www.AmerianVocalAcademy.com

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A.V.A LIVE features Josh Page -David Fosters newest discovery!

Meet American Tenor and Pop Star Josh Page! (Pictured here with David Foster)


Join host Jacqueline Jax with American tenor and pop singer Josh Page. He’ll be telling us all about his experiences of the last year since winning the David Foster “Get Famous” vocal contest in Vancouver. His performances with Philippine pop star Charice, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and Canadian jazz-pop singer Nikki Yanofsky, American Idol star Katharine Mcphee and the Andrea Bocelli rehearsal.

Josh Page has also guest starred in an episode of Law & Order SVU (Turmoil) as Shane Newsome last season. He is a recipient of the Carl Owen Memorial award and scholarship, as well as a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award winner for 2008.

Join us on chat during the show to get your questions answered. We will also be selecting 3 lucky people from our A.V.A community to speak with Josh live on the air.

Don’t miss this amazing show on AVA LIVE Music Radio Sunday December 5 @ 6pm.


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