Well... Not Exactly!
I invited she, and her mother, to call me for a conference call, then, assured that I was, in fact, speaking with a parent, I'd offer my opinions. After a text message, I invited Mom to call me directly, and independently of her daughter so that I could learn more about the aspiring recording artiste.
Mom did call this afternoon, and we spent about 45 minutes on the telephone. We spoke of her baby's strengths, challenges and goals. We spoke about her child's dreams. I offered my observations about what I saw in her daughter's demo videos.
I told her that, when I was actively coaching, I SELDOM took on non-adult students. I spoke about the fragility of the young voice, and that, improperly handled, it could result in permanent damage and poor habits. Well, Mom is her daughter's biggest fan--- And she's got reason to be. The young lady has great potential! She also has a lovely, natural, voice.
Mom asked me if I could recommend a voice teacher in her state and I immediately thought of one of my college classmates, whom I offered to call and discuss the student with.
By the time we were finishing up our conversation, the mother and I, she asked me if I would be willing to work with her daughter. I told her that I'd do an initial hearing to find out where the singer is, and what her instrument can do at this stage. And to see if she'd enjoy working with me.
I, positively, am NOT going to reopen my studio. I have, many, too many projects on my plate. But I like this young lady, and I LOVE her moxie! She has great potential, and immense, unfocused, drive. She's got some age-appropriate credits but no technique of any kind. We'll do a LOT of vocalises and loads of breathing styles and techniques. I think I do well with the young voice, when I take that responsibility.
One of my babies... I started with her when she was 12 years old. She and her folks had heard me a few times during the run of a show I was in, and asked me if I would teach her. I was hesitant, and both mom and child were pretty insistent. It took a while for me to agree to accept her at that age, and I informed her mother that we'd not be singing songs for some time. They both agreed. All these years later, I JUST checked up on my angel. Her name is McCall, and she's doing great! I just called and left her a message, actually!
She's now a vocal coach, earned her Opera degree from Loyola (NOLA), she's MAAAARRRRIED--- (OMG!!!) and is STILL singing! Some paths cross for a reason! I'm pretty psyched that the new young lady reminded me of one of my star pupils and inspired me to reconnect with her. She also got me excited about working with another student. You never can tell what life has in store, but you have to be open to ALL of it!
Brielle and I will begin next week, I believe. I don't question God's touch, or will.