Hi, I’m Ksenia Kurilla.
Growing up, my parents were always arguing about what path I should choose. At the age of 5, it was pretty clear I had an ear for music when I played a TV show’s theme on a piano by ear. While my dad insisted I pursue a career in music, my mom didn’t think I could make a living out of it.
Fast forward, I did end up following my artistic interests, but taking the safer option. I graduated with a Bachelor in International Relations, complete a New Media Design and Web Development program, and then worked my way up to my current role as a Multimedia Marketing Manager. I really like my job, but…singing is undoubtedly my biggest passion.
My colleagues know I sing. My neighbors know I sing. My friends, relatives, ex-boyfriends, and barista know I sing.
Singing consumes me. Even in the few moments it’s taken to write this blurb, I’ve unconsciously broken into song a few times.
I’ve been lucky to have opportunities to sing at school and university. I’ve participated in different singing contests, and performed at corporate functions and parties, as well as some community events.
Believe it or not – even an astrophsycologist and a psychic said that singing is my destiny!
My friends are encouraging, saying I should chase this dream over-and-over. My close friend, Maria, even laughed out loud when I told her, saying “Astrowhateverology and psyco is ridiculous, you don’t need to be a wizard to tell that you should sing!”
My colleagues tease me that I never miss a chance to pick up a microphone.
Soo, what’s holding me back?
It’s scary! And, a HUGE investment both time-wise and monetarily.
But, I have to. The cost of never knowing is much higher than trying. So, after lots of thinking and self-encouragement I know I have to take action. It’s time I pour myself into training and performing – I’m going pro!
Step 1. Two-month voice-improvement challenge.
Taking classes weekly for two months.
I need to hone my instrument, and have found a fantastic vocal coach who really understands my strengths and weaknesses. We work really well together, and I know she’ll help me reach my goal.
Help me out? To take these lessons weekly for two months it’ll be $500, and I’m working hard to cover half of those costs.
If you pledge to this campaign…drumroll… I’ll demonstrate my new skills and improvements at my solo concert on April 21st!!! Yay! I’m very excited. (Can you tell?) This concert will feature yours truly singing 10 pop and jazz covers. My talented musician friends have offered to accompany me, along with some backing tracks.
If you’re able to pledge over $50, I’ll be sure to include a request from you!
Step 2. Six-month voice-improvement challenge.
Taking classes weekly for six months.
Step 3. Time to record!
Record covers at studio.
Photo sessions for marketing campaigns.
Build a studio at home.
Step 4. Superstar. (Self-explanatory, right?)
Create my own music.
Have a band.
Perform all the time!
Risks and challenges
On March 23, I’m finally getting braces. At the concert, I might be a little Advil-high, but I’ll be singing my heart out anyways. Those braces will help with future close-ups as I hold high notes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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