Welcome to the November 2018 edition of the Sarah Ellis Coaching Career Inspo Blog!
This is a monthly interview with someone who has followed their passion, dreamed big and now has a successful and exciting career. Whether you are searching for your passion or looking for guidance and insight from those in your chosen industry, the Career Inspo blog will have something for everyone. From Chief Executives, to inventors, from property moguls to artistic entrepreneurs, the 2018 line up is certainly set to provide plenty of inspiration and motivation!
This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Rosanne Havel. Rosanne has been singing professionally and teaching for ten years, and started Dynamic Music Learning two years ago. This year Rosanne launched her personal training business, Petite Fitness.
Sarah Ellis: Rosanne, thank you for taking the time to be interviewed for the Career Inspo Blog! To start, please can you provide our readers with a summary of your businesses and what you do:
Rosie Havel: I have been a professional singer for about 10 years, but recently decided to focus more on teaching. I was given so much support and inspiration from some wonderful teachers and mentors and I love to be able to offer this to young aspiring performers. I have set up a company to pair students with suitable teachers (all instruments) to help them on their musical path.
I also help people create a healthy lifestyle with exercise that they love and offer nutritional guidance. I have helped men and women of all ages, from a lady in her early 20s prepare for her wedding to a lovely lady in her late 60s to feel happy in her body again.
SE: Why did you choose to pursue these different career paths?
RH: Both jobs are quite different, something that everybody says! But really, I think they’re actually quite similar. They’re a way of helping others become better and improve themselves, whichever avenue they choose. This is something which brings so much joy to me, and the pride that I feel when a client or student succeeds, far outweighs any of my own achievements.
SE: What were your routes into these careers?
RH: I trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was lucky enough to get a scholarship into the Royal College of Music for my Masters. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some wonderful companies and had some fabulous opportunities all over the world. While I was studying in Wales, I supported my studies by working on reception in a gym. This is where my love of fitness and exercise really began. So the two have really been a big part of my adult life.
SE: What makes you jump out of bed in the morning to go to work?
RH: The amount of cuteness that I work with is really unreal. Encouraging the love of music and singing in the little ones is just so much fun and so rewarding. But equally working with older students, working on more advanced repertoire and helping them grow and excel is a privilege.
I seem to help quite a lot of brides get into shape for their wedding, which is brilliant and they tend to have a great focus and serious goal because of this. But from that, I have been told that clients have then grown to love training/more healthy lifestyle and feel more confident in themselves, which to me is far more important.
SE: What have been your biggest challenges and learning curves? And what reignites your passion on the tough days?
RH: I think getting used to teaching so many students was difficult at first. At last count I have 48!! Which can be quite exhausting, but knowing that you’re helping improve not only their musical knowledge/singing technique but also teaching them discipline, confidence and more it helps a lot.
Fitness-wise, it can be frustrating when you have a client that cancels a lot and doesn’t listen to advice and therefore doesn’t progress. But we have to remember that everyone is different and have so many things going on in their lives, it might not be the right time for them. And that’s OK too!
RH: I always love it when a student succeeds and exams can be a great opportunity to show them how much they’re improving. But I did have a very shy little student who managed to perform in a big school concert (even though she was petrified) which was such a proud moment.
Singing-wise, I think I’ve been so lucky and worked in some amazing theatres and venues all over the world. But my favourite moment was singing the role of Despina from ‘Cosi fan tutte’ in a tour of Asia.
SE: What key strengths do you have that make you great at what you do?
RH: I think I have learnt to become quite patient, which is important for the teaching. I definitely have always worked hard and have a good work ethic. I don’t mind working long hours and tend to up quite early every day. With both careers you need to be observant and of course aware of how others are feeling. Sometimes I feel more like a therapist!
SE: Do you have a role model or mentor? If so, what have you learnt from them that has helped you in your business/overall career?
RH: When I was at school, I was introduced to a singing teacher Kevin Kyle. He is the most kind, supportive and inspirational teacher. Not to mention a wonderful singer. He has always been there for me (even to this day) and I definitely would not be where I am today without him. He taught me to work hard, practise, listen, ignore negativity and try to believe in myself. Such an amazing person with the kindest heart.
SE: What advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
RH: If you want to be a singer, you have to have a tough skin, work seriously hard and have the strongest belief in yourself. For fitness, be prepared to work all hours, you need to really love what you do and helping people achieve. Work on yourself first, so you can understand what you’ll be putting others through and of course to improve your knowledge.
SE: What are the top 3 things to consider when choosing and pursuing a meaningful and exciting career?
What do you love, what excites you and what do you want to get out of it.