Year 13 Performing Arts students at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School were recently visited by a professional vocal coach, Shamaine Louise Egal-Johnson. On this occasion the class had the opportunity to interview her about her career path, prospects after secondary school and what made her want to become a professional vocal coach. The Year 13 Performing Arts class has recently been looking into potential career prospects within the performing arts industry and have been looking at several careers that they can take in and outside of further education.
Shamaine studied a degree in Popular Music and Performance at the University of West London, but this was not what she had always wanted to do. She had previously studied Primary School Education at the University of South Wales and only truly found her love for music after joining a band in university. Seeing that it was possible to change your career path was refreshing for a Year 13 class who were in the midst of sending off their applications for universities. There was an in-depth conversation that lasted around an hour as the students asked questions to the vocal coach. One of the most interesting of those was, “what has been the most rewarding moment of your career?” to which the professional vocal coach replied, “creating my own business and performing with choir I run are definitely the most rewarding moments of my career so far”. Another area that the students were curious about is what sort of influences Shamaine had growing up to make her want to become a professional vocal teacher. It quickly became apparent that the music-based experiences of her childhood were no different to ours as she discussed taking part in a school talent show at the age of 13 and listening to artists such as Stevie Wonder and the Spice Girls.
The interview allowed the students to gain an insight into the life of a professional within the industry and proved to be a valuable and enjoyable experience for all involved.
Article written by Lukas Wallis