— Ariel Zetina, executive/marketing assistant
Did you know that many genres of popular music have roots in the Black diaspora (think pop, R&B, jazz, etc)? While we work to honor and uphold that lineage within our music education, we must also uplift the community that has been the foundation of much of our music… and I’m talking financially now. With Black Friday, Giving Tuesday, and the gift-giving holidays quickly approaching, we are highlighting 16 Black-owned businesses and Black-led organizations.
Inspired by Black Shop Friday, we’ve collected a list of unique and intersectional businesses and organizations, many that already serve our incredible Voice Lab community.
I challenge you to include at least one of these businesses in your shopping cart this weekend, and I challenge you to include at least one of these organizations on your giving list on Tuesday. (We have some handy graphics and direct links below!)
As a transgender woman of color, I believe it is important to do this work to support the Black community this Black Friday!
"There’s a sense of lightness that I never ever had before and if I can help one person feel that way? HAVE it please, because everyone should feel that way."
Certified through Martha Beck's Wayfinder training, Voice Lab student Jenna Watson's passion for becoming a Life Coach stems from finding her voice.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of interacting with Jenna knows firsthand what a compassionate and vibrant person she is.That depth is sure to come through tenfold in her life coaching practice, Inner Oracle.
Inner Oracle FAQ's
"I'd love to work with fellow Voice-Labbers!"
Q: Who is life-coaching for?
A: People who feel like they’ve lost their sense of self, or are going through a major life transition. I help clients to examine their lives and reclaim that sense of self so they can live a life that is really in alignment with who they are
Q: What would you say to those thinking about Life Coach?
A: We’re going to go through the muck together. Get a free consultation, barrel through, push through, see what you think. Just try it on for size.
Q: How do you like to run your sessions?
A: 1.) We talk about what makes you, you; Your patterns
2.) I give you tools to help make new decisions, identify when thoughts keep you stuck, and how to move past them
3.) We analyze your thoughts and fears, figure out why they're holding back and then confront them head on
Q: What is your favorite moment in the process?
A: When someone gets a taste of that lightness, I can see and feel it which sounds weird and it’s true. I can tell when someone exhales from their very being and it’s phenomenal.
We believe in combining technical and pedagogical expertise with a deep love of voice and singing. At The Voice Lab in Chicago, our teachers bring a diverse singing and voice care background ranging from operatic to pop, language studies, songwriting, and voice science research.