Learning right from the start is crucial and Emcee Academy by The Flying Dutchman & Chris Henson is naturally the choice for me. I am blessed to be sponsored by the best. Standing next to the “voice” that grew up with me just felt so amazing.
There were ground rules set right before the lesson started. Both FD and Chris gave an introductory insights on what to expect for the next few lessons and to prep us exactly what it takes to be an emcee.
P.S. I was holding my breathe for the first half hour as I listened in awe.
It never occurred to me how much soul an emcee could bring to a show nor the amount of prep work needed along with a humble and diligent attitude to be successful. I certainly salute the success of what FD and Chris Henson had achieved.
Look at how FD and Chris immersed themselves in sharing with us his experience.
You know in the right class when you have wacky faces flashing at you!
Relax… Relax… See how Chris is sharing his tips on discovering ways of de-stressing by letting go of himself fully before the show starts with our ever fun-loving Bryan trying to support him and feeling how relax his body could go and making sure he does not fall off from the chair!
In class 4, we were trying to share different types of humour as our homework. I realised I am not a “humour” kind of person but nevertheless tried sharing one relatable joke with the rest of the class too. I bet you won’t want to hear what I said… Its crossdress theme and I was trying to look the part wearing a pair of nerdy glasses. Do I look nerdy enough? LOL…
We are the Charlie Angels! Where’s Charlie?
Its the 1960s trend in class 5 today! Wearing my black qipao with a ponytail wig plus a feathery shawl round my neck. I must say I am enjoyed dressing up with the rest of the classmates weekly. But my usual style but well, as an emcee being versatile and dressing to what the client theme is part of being professional as well.
Having my go with a tongue twister! I do look pretty serious in getting it right with FD right in front of me. Don’t play play…
Engaging audience with games is part and parcel of hosting. Here, FD and Chris was trying to demonstrate how this blindfold game could be carried out with more zest by added words like “come on baby!”, “give it to me baby” “baby come… come quick” to dictate the following action. Well, initially I was feeling awkward about it but after a while the whole class including myself were laughing over it with the flag hitting the gong as the game reached its climax ending.
In class 6, we have a special appearance Jessica Marie Shepherdson who was sitting beside me in class! Being a new mummy to princess Angel who’s such a darling. I was happily carrying Angel for 20mins before the class starts. Her doll-like features resembles mummy truly! Its sporty theme and I wore my sport bra with a vest plus yoga pants to class. Can tell I am not much of an exercise freak right?
In this class, Chris shares his specialised voice segment. Here we are trying to feel our inner voice from our chest.
Olympics sports class of the night!
In the final class before our exams…
Chris demonstrating the essence of workout and stretching our vocal chords.
Let me try too… Reminiscing back the days when I had my choir practise in school. Doing all the warm up exercises before the real singing starts. I really should start to sing again. Missing it after all these years. It had been an endless lullaby medley ever since 2006 when Jayden was borned.
Learning to test a mic before a show and hearing how we sound is equally important. It should not be disturbing for the audience, loud enough for comfort and most of all to bring out the soul in our voice.
Some pre-exams vocal reading practise…
Do you still remember me sharing that I have got stage fright? Well, on this day I am still having the fright but I am glad that I got the courage to finally go up the stage with greater ease and having my very first mic work at last. Not as good as expected but I would strived to get even better! Jia you Celestia!
Camera video trial run for a better feel of what the real exams were gonna be like. We need to prepare a script for the first part of an event and present it minding our outlook, stage presence, confidence, delivery.
I was engrossed listening to Chris as he gave me some tips on how I fared during the trial and what I should look out for in the exams. Most of all, I need to be prepared!