One of the pioneers of the UK Black music revolution of the late 70s and 80s, Precious Wilson teaches singing and has a mentoring programme in Brixton that seeks to help people to find their voice through singing or speaking with confidence.
How has COVID-19 affected the space in which you work and create? (Do you normally work at home, studio space or outside?)
COVID-19 has greatly affected the space in which I work and create. Sessions normally took place either at home, in a studio space or hired outside venues.
How has creating amidst a worldwide pandemic adapted your practice through the themes and methods you use?
It has been a challenge and very inspirational to maintain creativity amidst a worldwide pandemic. I have adapted my practice by adding more online singing lessons and artist mentoring, via Skype and Zoom.
Have you faced creative block during lockdown, if so how have you worked through it?
Since the lockdown, I have been adjusting to the “new normal”. I’ve also been inspired with an idea for a new membership programme. My vision is to help female business owners who need to continue with great products and services, and want to move from struggle, anxiety, and feeling frustrated with your voice, move to the next level using Speaking & Presenting, to grow their business. They don’t know how to use their voice and are looking for help to transform their voice and catapult their vocal performance.
The methods in my new course help you develop the right mindset and maximizes your voice. Clients will be able to successfully complete each module of the transformation process, from struggle and fear, to ultimately create a richer voice for confident presenting, which they can then go on to use for Podcasts, Webinars, or Public Speaking. However, the course is not built yet, and so I’m looking for founding members for the launch.
I got the idea to create this programme, as I was listening to a news item, in which they spoke about the challenges and struggles small businesses were having, and it got me thinking, what can I do to give more people the opportunity to use their voice to help get their businesses back on track, move online to build or continue to maintain their competitive edge?
I’m looking for Founder Members, so if this is something that appeals to your readers, I would be delighted to invite them to make their applications to join me. Just send me an email at: TheVocalTouch@gmail.com.
During this period of lockdown, have there been any new creative skills or exercises you have started practicing?
In addition to using my existing creative skills to make a pivot, to start creating a new online membership to help aspiring female business owners, turn their weak voice, and their fear of public speaking, into confident, profitable presenting, to help grow their business.
I have also always written songs, and the lockdown has motivated me to update my knowledge with music production, which I will devote more time to after I have launched my speaker’s membership programme.
What things have brought you joy and hope that you’d like to share?
The Coronavirus is forcing us to see the “Bigger Picture”, just how fragile we are, how “Precious” life really is, and that we are all connected, as humans.
My hope for the future is for the world to see that we have a duty to roll up our sleeves and work together to solve world problems, to find our voice in order to make a positive difference.
This virus impacts you, me, and everyone else in this world, and the ripple effect of this, will change the way we work and interact with each other, now and in the future.
We can’t bury our heads in the sand or hide and hope that things are just going to get better. It’s our responsibility to show up every day and realise that we are all have to a role to play as we “serve each other”, by the work, jobs that we do and the skills and talents that we have.
The things that brought me joy, is having time to focus on just how rich we are. The fact that your family and good friends are priceless, your time is gold, and your health is your wealth.
We are living through extraordinary times, and waking up each morning is a reason to be cheerful!
We all want to make it.
Make it in our chosen career. Maybe make it big.
Sometimes perhaps just make it to pay day.
But whatever our ambition, what unites us all is the desire to thrive, be recognised – and be supported.
And that’s what Lambeth’s Creative Enterprise Zone is all about. Supporting creative people to do amazing creative things without having to leave our amazingly creative corner of south London.
Because we all want to make it – of course – but more than that, we want to Make It in Brixton.