Felt really great to be at a professional studio recording again last Friday - this time at Sonic Arts Studio run by its owner, John McDaniel in downtown Cincinnati. I reached out to Sonic Arts when my family relocated from Detroit to the Dayton area last summer. John was not only receptive to my inquiries about finding a recording studio home for prospective workshops and clients, but took me to lunch! His staff is especially proficient and kind, and took extra care with me Friday when I showed up with my 5 year-old in tow home from school last minute! My client, Vukunet through Campbell Ewald had called needing a one-word replacement on a script we recorded in November. I was offered the possibility of recording locally vs. driving back up north and was so glad I had taken the time to plant seeds at Sonic Arts a while back and could recommend them for the job. I am in the planning stages for a workshop at Sonic Arts this spring and looking forward to settling back into recording and coaching at a studio with folks I can also call friends. On the private coaching side, I have taken on another new student whom I'm seeing next week. This will be my fourth since landing here. Recently I saw a young woman who works on a Norwegian Cruise ship as and entertainment director. She frequently works behind the mic talking to the audience and introducing staff. She had been told by her supervisors she needs to sound more "professional" and also needs to support her voice, but no one showed her how. She took it upon herself to find me while on leave during the holidays and I'm so glad she did because she became my first non-voiceover student. While I worked with her on the basics of voice mechanics and breathing, I was also able to equate her various scenarios behind the mic to actor's working in various scenes, herself being a character and adjusting her voice depending on the "role" (be it conversing with one audience member or enthusiastically egging on a contestant in a loud competition!) Things are taking bloom here and I'm validated once again in my belief that you can work as an artist no matter where you call home.