Regina Manes [drchick]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I began my writing career at the early age of twelve. By the time I was sixteen I had already been published in some local papers and journals.
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I am a singer.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I perform alone.
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
I have cut two recording. I go to organizations, give motivational speaches and sing. I have won several awards in singing and writing my own music.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
At the tender age of three I was placed on a piano and sang in front of audiences. My parenHow did you begin making music? My parents enrolled me in the love of music. I have sang in concerts as a soloist and in pagents and musicals as the lead singer
What was your musical education?
As a child I took voice lessons and as the years went by I was involved in choirs and musicals. I have been trained in opera, gospel, country music, pop and soft rock in my singing. My expertise is country, gospel and pop.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
Yes, that is my dream, desire and love. I desire to sing, and speak at conferences as a motivational speaker
What is your creative process?
I will begin to write, take time to be by myself, contemplate feelings and emotions I want to share with the listener and begin writing what flows out of my heart
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
My inspiration usually comes in the middle of the night.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Most often that is the beginning of my music.
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
When it feels right and flows with ease as I perform it.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
I discovered my creativity as a very young child. It caused me to be euphoric!
What part of your job is your least favourite?
The least favorite time of my job is when I feel stuck with an idea and have trouble making it flow.
How often do you practice?
I practice my music every day at least for one to two hours.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
Very pumped and I have so much adrenaline flowing. I feel at my sharpest with a little edge of wanting to perform my best.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Too many to list. Some are Bette Midler, Karen Carpenter, Loretta Lynn, and a myriad of gospel and pop singers.
List three songs that are key to your life.
On day at a time.
I believe that children are the future.
I believe I can touch the sky.
What should be done to stop piracy?
People to be held accountable and charged with fines.
What type of music do you detest?
Heavy metal and graphic violent music.
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
I have sold myself through word of mouth. I am still learning how to talk and sell myself to record companies.
What other things have you done to make a living?
I am in grad school working on getting my master's in counseling. I give motivational speeches for churches and organizations.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Practice, Practice, Practice. Do not ever give up on your dreams. Take a leap out of the regular way of thinking and begin to think with creativity. Invest in your dreams and socialize with people who you wish to impact your world.
Cleveland - USA