We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Moller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The success of my brand is that I don’t just teach singing, I train the human brain and body like an athlete. I’m more like a voice trainer. I’m more interested in helping you figure what is holding you back from belting your face off or singing that high note. It’s so empowering to find something that works for you and helps you achieve goals you never thought you could. Your brain is unique and it’s #1 priority is to feel safe. If that ankle injury has never fully been rehabbed, your brain has a blurry map of that area. It doesn’t CARE about singing high notes if you have a blurry map, pain, or your movement correction system is overwhelmed. Figuring out how to improve your body will help you gain freedom and expression without thinking about technique: which is the goal when you are singing music live onstage. Your threats, known and unknown, must be addressed in the body or the brain to feel that creativity flow and move freely. So many people view singing as being “born with it.” I get asked that all the time. “Does my kid have what it takes?” Or, “I can’t sing that high.” Not, “What do I have to do to train my body and brain to do this very athletic thing that I don’t understand?” The truth is, your brain can be changed with one perfect rep at the gym. So that’s what I strive for in the studio. One perfect rep. Then it’s your job to go home and practice that until it is muscle memory. My students inspire me to help more people and create products and videos online that they can use whenever they want. I want to serve them and know they are not limited. They can find ways to empower themselves in a smart, kinesthetic and tangible way to use their voice effectively whether speaking at a TED talk, in the recording studio or singing/acting/dancing on Broadway 8 shows a week.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently expanding my horizons as an entrepreneur online with offering masterclasses, memberships and workshops all over the world, taking students and teachers in Hollywood, LA, Orange County and all over the nation, diving deeper into some new vocal techniques to add more language for myself as a teacher, and I’m performing safely again with a few local companies in San Diego while teaching at the college-level in LA online. Now that I’ve learned that everything starts with the brain, I’m certified with Z-Health (Essentials, R-Phase, I-Phase) to assist with drills and mobility that impact vocal production at the speed of the nervous system, so that is always a continual process of learning about different body systems and bodies. Not everything works for everybody – our bodies and brains and experiences are all different! Some people need a deeper dive into vision after a year of looking at screens, for example. It’s fascinating and makes me want to learn from my students and continue to perform myself. I’ve learned that there is no right path to success. You can forge your own path. You don’t have to get a full-time college job to be a successful high-level teacher, you can have success in performing AND have a family. You don’t have to be a starving artist-you can perform regionally and have a thriving studio business teaching something you love and serving more people than you could imagine.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego Zoo, Coronado Beach (The Del), Martinis Above Fourth (When it comes back!), La Jolla playhouse, The Old Globe, Hillcrest, Solana Beach, Cygnet Theater, Moonlight Amphitheater, OB Playhouse, Culture Shock Dance Studio, Gaslamp district. Hiking Torrey Pines.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Missy Bunch of Movement IQ: Move Strong, Live Capable, Be Resilient Essential programs to eliminate pain, move better and perform at a higher level. San Diego Ashlee Espinosa, Business Coach, Actor, Educator (Youtube sensation that helps educators and artists transition their businesses online) Irvine, CA. Andrew Byrne, The Singing Athlete, author, teacher, lecturer in New York City.
Rachel Esther Tate