My name is Elina Laivera and I am a singer/songwriter, professional voice instructor, Certified Voice Specialist and diplom. meditation teacher.
I educate and train new and seasoned singers on singing as a whole: grounded vocal technique, unstoppable mindset, strong spirit, balanced lifestyle.
Because the truth is:
YOU CAN NAIL YOUR
I had an OK voice as a child.
Well, it was good enough for teachers to ask me to sing at kindergarden, get me some good roles on musicals and later on even get me a really impressive touring career at a very young age
BUT my talent alone could not get me very far...
My voice was plagued by issues such as losing my voice for weeks after singing too high for very demanding rehearsals at the theater.
I had to work under professional circumstances without having professional knowledge of my instrument. Everything I knew I had learned on the go.
My voice was not very homeogenous and my middles and lows were practically non-existing. I could only sing comfortably at a very specific high register of my voice which did not allow me to try out more modern singing which was my real interest.
I needed coaching but...
Then a friend invited me to form a band.
I co-wrote all the songs which made me experiment with my songwriting in different ways as that was a metal band!
The band did great, releasing albums worldwide - even in Japan.
The biggest issue was my bruised confidence
after the first shows went awry
since as a classically trained singer I had no prior experience as to how loud things can get on stage at a metal concert AND I went on to perform with no in-ears or any other tool that would help me find my intonation - guess what:
the ''Elina can't sing'' talk started through the press writing reviews of our shows. Even my own band mates turned extremely mean towards me
- don't worry, we're cool today.
At school I was being bullied for doing music
and going on tour and ''being a rockstar'' as they would put it.
People could not deal with the fact that I had this ''other life'' and I had gotten tired of being beaten up about it.
I remember waving my dream to become the singer I knew I could be goodbye.
I resigned to try to lead a ''normal'' life...
I started studying German Literature, working two jobs to at least keep on paying for my singing lessons - my teacher was my only consolation.
I had no plan and no idea as to what I wanted to do with my life.
I was depressed and completely disillusioned but would not show it to my family and friends.
Aged 18 I was diagnosed with anorexia & burnout.
That's when it became obvious to me that
I was living a life contrary to what I came here to do: sing.
This is when I also started acknowledging my intuitive nature.
I understood this was not about me being an entertainer and getting famous
This was about finding my Truth and expressing it.
But... who was I and what did I want?
Discovering glimpses of my Truth took a while but as soon as I had something, I started making changes right away:
A chance for change...
Around that time, a good friend from England asked me to join his band for a short tour which I saw as an opportunity to expand my... ''life therapy''.
I fell in love with the country and the people and ended up spending some time there.
I would get out of there and chase after my dream
- I was made for this and nothing else.
I had already an education in classical singing, classical piano, music theory and 11 years of ballet dance experience
But i knew my purpose in life was to be creative,
to have a voice and be heard, to inspire others to shake the world upside down and go for what they want!
Thank God I had my family telling me I can do it. I took all money I had saved and even borrowed from my family - in a time when each euro counted greatly.
A German university turned me down two times.
They implied I was ''too trained''. I remember thinking I had failed.
But life had simply better plans and I ended up specializing on Modern Vocal Styles while educating myself through Berklee College of Music
- which (you can Google that) in all rights is the best academic place one can study modern music.
I also started studying with other coaches and institutions as well, as I was able to afford that by now.
BUT IT WASN'T ALL ROSES!
Through the whole rollercoaster of moving from one country to another leaving me no real time to practice I soon became really frustrated with vocal technique.
AND SO I BOUNCED BACK...
Even though in the meantime... I had learned to love myself despite what the press would write about my singing - cool, huh?
This enormous journey made me think
about what I wanted to do next!
I quit all my projects and record label and started releasing my own music independently which attracted a wonderful tribe of fans from all around the world - as well as the man of my dreams who also happens to be my producer.
''How can I help others?''
The idea for The Mindful Vocalist was born in 2015 already
but at the time I felt like I needed to run and test my concept first.
It became an ''experiment'':
I started incorporating all I had learned through my own journey to my coaching methods while working at various music schools and academies. I saw a huge impact on my students and their overall performance.