Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vocal Coach Carrie Birmingham Sings The Praises of Being Self-Employed

Most of us love a good sing along to our favourite songs, some of us like to make up songs in the shower and then there’s the select few who feel the need to burst into song occasionally (you know who you are!). Unfortunately, whether we like to admit it or not, not all of us sound as good as we like to think we do. Fortunately there are people that can help, like qualified vocal coach Carrie Birmingham with her business Pro Vox.

Credit: Magical Moments Photography

With over 5 years of teaching experience, a background in vocal biology and a degree from Liverpool Hope University in Popular Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, Carrie offers high quality training on a 1-2-1 basis from age 6 – adult and runs a Saturday Academy for performing arts students aged 7 – 16 years.

Pro Vox private tuition provides the opportunity for students to learn about their voice and set personalised targets that develop vocal technique, range and performance. Carrie offers students the chance to take part in London College of Music (LCM) singing and drama examinations up to two times a year, along with a variety of events and performance opportunities.

With a studio situated in the heart of the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool City Centre, Pro Vox private lessons are set in a wonderful artistic environment at the basement of Elevator Studios.

‘In my first 9 months I have already gained many new students, along with keeping my former loyal clientele. I have hosted 3 successful live music shows for my students in Liverpool, gained the highest exam marks in my career so far from students through the London College of Music and developed my Saturday Academy to provide something different to other arts groups in the area.’

The success and fast growth of Pro Vox is down to Carrie’s determination to overcome a difficult situation when starting up.

‘Unfortunately my former company began to hit hard times and the company closed. I wanted to continue my career as a teacher working with my loyal students so I made the decision to set-up on my own.’

‘I found the initial process quite terrifying, I had 7 weeks to set up, find a new premises and equipment to ensure I could provide consistent training for my students. I didn't have much time at all.’

After being given 8 weeks’ notice at her former job, the 27 year old had to manage working full time with setting up her new business to maintain her current clientele. To aid her in this very difficult task, Carrie contacted The Women’s Organisation for support.

The Women’s Organisation were amazing. I attended workshops which focused on areas such as marketing through social media and book keeping. I also received 1-2-1 assistance to develop my business plan and given advice on whether to register as a sole trader or limited company and how to go about gaining insurance for my business.’

She continued: ‘All of the assistance The Women’s Organisation gave me greatly helped me make the right decisions. They also helped me identify the correct requirements for my business very quickly. This allowed me to reach my goals and be ready to launch on my due date which is incredible.’

Now that she is reaping the rewards of her hard work and determination, Carrie is singing the praises of being self-employed. She enjoys being fully in control of decisions regarding training and opportunities available to her students, because it allows for quality control tuition to ensure the best possible training. Furthermore, being her own boss has enabled her to study further and develop her own experience and qualifications, noting that it will not only benefit the business but her clientele too.

‘Everything has happened so quickly with lots going on that it can be hard to look in from the outside. I am very proud and pleased with how quickly I was able to set up and begin growing my business. Maybe I’m still a little shocked that it has all happened, but it gives me a great sense of personal achievement and I look forward to the future goals I aim to achieve. No matter how impossible it seems, it’s always possible!’

Whether you’re starting from scratch, looking for qualifications or just in need of a tune up, contact Carrie on 07708 021 327 / or visit for friendly, experienced and client focused support. 

And if you're facing redundancy, or just wish to move forward with an idea you've been thinking about for a while, why not talk to The Women's Organisation about how they can help you. 0151 706 8111 / 

By Beckie Kinsella

Portrait photos by Magical Moments Photography 

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