We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Valentin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Rising Starz is a Music & Performance Training Academy dedicated to providing quality education and experiences that motivate students to bring out their best. At Rising Starz, we build “Confidence Through Artistry” and unlock hidden talents that help our students thrive. We turn passion into action and train for real life experiences with techniques that produce results. We are a leadership academy creating the building blocks for a successful performer and we enjoy watching our students reach levels they never thought possible. Our vision is that every student become a self-loving artist who
realizes their greatness and reaches for the stars!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Vanessa Valentin, often referred to as “the voice whisperer,” was named affectionately for her ability to see and bring out untapped strengths in her students. She founded Rising Starz Music and Performance Academy in 2007 to unlock the confidence in students through the arts.
Sought-after for her strong technical training in Performance, Musical Theatre, Pop and Classical music, this mother of two and active member of her community has directed her students in over 100 performance showcases and musical productions.
This entrepreneur is an Artist Developer, Vocal and Performance Coach, Music Therapist, and Program Director. Valentin helps students open doors of opportunity by creating unique experiences for them that you won’t find anywhere else.
Valentin volunteers and chairs for various non-profit and community organizations and she encourages her students to use their performance talents to give back to others.
The achievements of her students are a testament to her program’s success. Rising Starz students debuted with rave reviews in the NYC Broadway Cabaret, Live The Dream, at the West End Lounge in NYC with star Natalie Weiss. Valentin’s studio also premiered Legends, a full-scale music and dance showcase aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
Credentials. Valentin began her career as a recording artist in 2000, signed with Universal Music Group and Max Music. She has performed on various stages, television and radio shows throughout the U.S. and held leading roles in musical productions throughout South Florida with the Actor’s Playhouse, Stage Door Theatre, and Hollywood Playhouse. She earned her SAG membership in 2006 for her work in national and international commercials and voice overs for companies like Honda and Pantene.
Education. This native New Yorker received her BM in Music Therapy at the University of Miami with a concentration in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. She also graduated from the prestigious LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC.
Vanessa is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), TVF (The Voice Foundation), and the AMTA (American Music Therapy Association). She is recognized for her outstanding leadership abilities, coaching skills and her commitment to community.
Valentin also holds relationships with several casting agencies, and leading Arts Mentors in Florida, New York City and Los Angeles. She assists students by providing industry counsel, as well as access to industry opportunities when appropriate.
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.
Live Music, Art, Restaurants & The Beaches!
Oak Garden Miami
Smith & Wollensky
Hollywood Beach (Margaritaville Hotel, The Beach Trikke, Jet Skiing)
Havana 1957 restaurant
Brio Italian Grill
Catamaran Cruise Miami
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to Maria Mercer Martin, CEO of Optime Consulting & Digital Marketing Solutions and Beth Azor, CEO of Azor Advisory Services (“The Canvassing Queen”).
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