I love working with stage performers and anyone who appears in the spotlight. Mindset makes up the single most significant element in achieving and maintaining success. As a performer myself, I know that expertise alone is not enough. I love helping people building the toughness they need to thrive and live the life they envision. I coach individually and conduct workshops to help performers demolish their inhibitions and overcome obstacles to pave the way for success.
Working as an adjunct professor of voice at Marymount Manhattan College and at AMDA NY, I have come to realize a huge need for singers, actors and dancers to construct a specific mindset in order to make it in the business. I have written articles for The Classical Singer, to spark awareness about the power of the mind and how to apply it to the best self-interest.
With conducting Performance EmPowering workshops and teaching seminars in the USA and abroad, I have had the privilege to empower thousands of singers and actors, to teach them skills to navigate successfully through their careers and to arrive at the next level. I have been guest teacher at NYU, Columbia University, Rutgers University, the Classical Singer Convention, MUSIC TALKS! Opera&More, and Voice Teacher seminars. I also teach a 12 week Performance EmPowering course at AMDA, NY. I love working with students and alumni, both emerging artists as well as accomplished professionals.
After I worked for several years as a registered nurse in the Netherlands, I wanted to explore my talent for singing and moved to New York, where I obtained my B.M. and M.A. My singing career took off splendidly. The New York Times recognized me as being “attractive and engaging.” The I.A.W.M. Journal wrote about the world premiere of Jocasta, “a skillful soprano, singing with imperious dignity and compassion.” The New Music Connoisseur mentioned, “a performer with savvy and grit” about my performance of Lukas Foss’ “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”
But my first setback crippled me to such a degree that l was unable to move forward and live the life I had envisioned. Through a journey of studies, explorations, and discoveries, I founded Performance EmPowering and developed the BOUNCE tools.
After many years of coaching and teaching, I am back on the stage and incorporate the BOUNCE tools in my everyday life.
Wilma Wever, B.M., M.A. is a singer, performer, teacher and motivator
Building mental skills to survive and thrive in a highly competitive environment is a must. Start learning the BOUNCE tools at you own pace online.
The BOUNCE tools build a mindset to develop actions and strategies needed to attain professional goals in the performing arts. Supported by the most current science, these tools unify with the brain's plasticity findings and its infinite malleability that was unknown for hundreds of years. In concrete steps, the performer will transform their struggles into assets.
The acronym BOUNCE:
Build your Foundation for Success; Understanding and developing the craft to Succeed.
Observe your Mind; Identifying and restructuring your thought patterns.
Use your Strengths; Knowing and applying your Personal Strengths.
Nurture Happiness; Embracing happiness as the catalyst for success.
Calm your Nervous system; Reducing your stress levels.
Excel in the spotlight; Designing your performance routine.
Through engaging and easy exercises offered in every module, the student will lay down a solid trifold foundation for thriving in a competitive career and know-how to control physical, emotional, and mental responses to stress. Developing vital awareness of negative habits, combatting the inner critic, training the mind to focus on goal setting, and designing a unique way to prepare for peak performance.
Although this course gears towards stage performers, its content benefits anyone who appears in the spotlight for professional reasons and public settings.