Hi, I’m Cathy,
Voice Teacher, Performance Coach, Motivational Speaker and Founder of the FitVoice. I help singers, speakers, pageant contestants, CEO’s, students and anyone improve their voice and build their confidence to affect their audience. For over 20 years I have been working with artists and speech professionals to find their voice and overcome their fear of using it. Many of these artists (that’s right, I consider anyone using their voice an artist!) have gone on to sign Broadway and Las Vegas contracts, win awards, get into their dream colleges, speak in corporate boardrooms, and present in large and small venues.
Many times we shy away from opportunities thinking we aren’t good enough, comparing to someone we see on the TV or the stage. Stop trying to conform and be like them! By realizing the world already has that person, you will begin to recognize what the world needs now.....is you! I help you find your unique voice by teaching skills to increase your confidence, vocal range and delivery. Learning to control your mind and body will allow you to relax and focus on presenting your most authentic, effective message.
If you are willing to do the work, then commit to becoming the best version of yourself! Make the crazy sounds you need to make. Silence the negative voices in your head and challenge yourself to reach your maximum potential by setting high and realistic goals. Your voice is your place card in the world. You use it for EVERYTHING! Let’s work together and make it fantastic.
I’ll be with you every step of the way!
CATHY - THE MENTOR AND TEACHER THAT LED ME TO THE PERFORMER I AM TODAY!
Cathy quickly transformed me from a timid singer to a confident vocalist and performer. She found the qualities that made my voice unique and helped me hone them to stand out in the theatre industry. She built me a strong technical base so I can sing healthily and taught me valuable lessons on the acting and emotions within songs. Without her guidance, I would not have made it through the intimidating and overwhelming experience of auditioning for college Musical Theatre Programs. Cathy was the mentor and teacher that I needed and led me to be the performer I am today! Cathy remains a role model and coach to me, only a phone call or text away when I need her. Without a doubt, I would recommend Cathy to anyone who is looking to boost their technical skills and confidence.
ALLY DODS - James Madison University - Musical Theatre
So what's my story?
Clients love my fun, relaxed approach, helping them discover the power of their own voice. You have a story that can be told through song, through speaking and through the way you carry ourselves every single day. I help strengthen your outer voice so you can share your inner passion.
Where did I learn how to do what I do?
It didn't hurt having strong women in my family. One grandmother left her 1 room school house in a small, country town to head to the big city of Richmond, VA and become a charge nurse. My mother was President of her graduating RN class and is a beautiful artist. My other grandmother was an entertainer through and through, most notably singing on 1930's radio shows and tap dancing on toe shoes and roller skates! (OUCH!)
I started performing as a child in the church choir and always loved a good musical. Spending years in piano, dance and voice training, I received a degree in Vocal Performance and moved to NYC living for a time with my cousin, a professional Opera Singer and his wife Susan Almassi - the Assistant Choral Master of the Metropolitan Opera. What an education I was receiving listening to Renne Flemming from the basement and passing Placido Domingo in the lunch line! I began touring the nation in National tours and onboard luxury cruise liners around the world, from Fiji to Abu Dhabi, in production casts and my solo show. During a stint at home while visiting parents in Richmond, VA I met my husband and soon left the hustle and bustle of entertainment life on the road. However, I wasn't ready to give up a performer's life and continued acting in roles such as, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, the Narrator in "Joseph...Dreamcoat", and performing for Virginia Opera, creating The Richmond Divas, music directing for Royal Caribbean and different theme parks, appearing in commercials and infommercials on TV and radio and opening my own vocal studio. You never know where life will take you!
A few years later, my life changed drastically as we were blessed with boy/girl twins. However, one week after birth, we lost our daughter, Lola, to a tragic sequence of medial errors, miscommunications and mistakes. It was a moment in time, where life stood still and I was left gasping for breath, trying to understand how something so precious could be gone so fast.
It took months to find my voice again but when I did I found a renewed desire to use my voice, not only to sing and teach, but to speak. Maybe Lola was meant for something greater than being in my arms and maybe I was meant to share it. Medial error is the third largest leading cause of death in the U.S. I could use my voice for those who didn't have the chance.
The problem, I was the Richmond Diva who was petrified to speak on stage. I can sing you anything you want, but to think and speak from the stage, without being told what to say?! That's a whole different story. However, I began to study and quickly realized....
The skills we use to sing are the same we need to speak. I had a full studio of students learning to sing but when it came to speak, they were lost. They mumbled, they didn't know what to do with their bodies and their posture and their breathing changed. I found myself constantly saying, speak like you sing and sing like you speak. My clients now focus on:
The voice as a whole, not just for singing an aria or a Broadway show tune. We focus on presenting our best voices and our best selves... all day... everyday. We use our bodies to create our most powerful sound. Clients leave sounding confident, looking relaxed and feeling awesome! We design their most FItVoice.
I have learned to reframe my heartache and place it in my life where I can help others. I know how important the voice is. We are storytellers and your voice is the one thing that truly shows YOU. It doesn't matter what you wear or how you look, once you open your mouth and speak, people decide who they think you are...and they act or react accordingly.
Come learn with me. Speak up and use your voice to make your impact on the world. You have products to sell, songs to sing, people to inspire, lives to affect....all by the sound of your voice. And while we are at it, I'll keep you fit along the way...:)
Join me at The FitVoice.