We had the good fortune of connecting with Juliet Lyons and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Juliet, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think there are three habits that are essential for a career in the music business: commitment (dedication + hard work + passion), continuing education (attending conferences, reading books, newsletters, and blogs, watching tutorials), and building a network (creating genuine friendships and relationships with members of your business community). I think there might be one or two that come more naturally to you, and I think it’s important to not ignore the prong that takes more effort. All three have a power that should not be underestimated. An additional habit that I believe has helped me succeed is adaptation – being open to exploring the unexpected turns in the road. In the last few years, adaptations I have made to evolving circumstances have been much more fruitful than previous laser-sharp focus on one straight path.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So here’s what I do. I write and sing songs for Film & TV. This is my great passion, and I’ve had my music on over 300 television shows ranging from The Voice to Cruel Summer to The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and also some big films. In addition, I am an award-winning New Age recording artist and have charted #3 on Billboard. I love to sing in this ethereal way, I do it in trailer music, too. It’s a different type of singing that really comes from a different, deep place. And most recently, I’ve become a bit of a YouTuber creating Vocal Coach reaction videos, and having a blast doing it.

One unique challenge I face is dealing with a rare disease (we’re talking one in 400,000) called idiopathic subglottic stenosis. This disease mainly affects my ability to breathe. But it also affects my voice, because I have to cough and clear my throat a lot, and I have to have surgery on my trachea twice a year to keep my airway open, which involves going right past my vocal cords with a laser. There’s another shoutout by the way – thanks to my ENT, Dr. Feinstein, I am still breathing AND still singing! But this is one of those “evolving circumstances,” I mentioned earlier – I have had to adapt since my diagnosis. Due to the breathing difficulties I experience at times, I don’t do much live performing anymore, but rather do a LOT more studio work, especially because I have more hunger than ever to sing, knowing that I’m at a much higher risk of losing my voice now with the frequent surgeries. And that’s also part of why I started the Your Online Singing Coach YouTube channel, it allows me to get nerdy about singing and talk about what I’m passionate about, without the need to sing at all.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are certain must-dos for people who have never been to LA, that I would recommend but try to avoid going along for, lol. For example, Disneyland. I hate crowds, so I start getting cranky quickly there. But if you’ve never been, you have to go. I’m also a beach snob, having lived in the Caribbean for nearly a decade. So we would have to do our beach day either north – Malibu or further – or south, like Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, or Redondo. There’s a beach just slightly north of Manhattan Beach called El Porto, not many people seem to know about it. If you’re there on a weekday, especially during the cooler season, it’s possible to have the place to yourself (don’t tell anyone)!

With LA’s beautiful weather, we have to do al fresco dining, some place like Gracias Madre, which has a stunning patio and delicious vegan Mexican food. Rooftop bars are a must, too. I like Neuehouse’s new spot, Reunion, or having a “froze” with guacamole and chips at EP&LP while the sun sets! There’s amazing food all over this city (like in the arts district), and cool cultural experiences…speaking of the arts district, I went on a graffiti art tour once in that area that was really cool, I’d suggest that to a friend.

But one totally classic LA experience I would definitely do with them is take them to a screening. Screenings are the best! A comped early viewing of an often yet-to-be released film in an intimate space, followed by a Q&A with the composer, songwriter, music supervisor, director, or all of the above…I still pinch myself every time I go to one. I get to pose a question to a legend! And sometimes get free popcorn too, that’s a double win!!!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh this list could be very extensive! You know how I was just talking about building a network? I am fortunate to have MANY wonderful people in my life and organizations to thank for helping me on my journey, and keeping me on my journey. My family’s support means the world to me. So many friends, co-writers, and colleagues inspire and encourage me, keep me accountable and challenge me to keep raising the bar. They have helped me in little and big ways, directly, and indirectly. It’s really amazing to think about – it’s like the seven degrees of Kevin Bacon. It’s kind of fun to think about how a success can be traced back to a certain seemingly random conversation with someone.

Shoutout to Taxi A&R, I got my start in the world of music for Film & TV thanks to Taxi, and I have also made so many true, life-long friendships through that organization. Shoutout to Marcia Garceau, whose wisdom has straightened me out more than once. And in true Angeleno form, I must also shoutout to my two dogs who legitimately make my world a better place every day – mummy loves you Chuckles and Marcel!!!

Website: www.julietlyons.com

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Youtube: @youronlinesingingcoach

Image Credits
Kate Boyd, Robin Sandoval

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