Voice Lessons & Audition Coachings

Welcome!  How can I help your musical theatre career move forward?  

I tend to consider myself more of an Audition Consultant; I focus on the whole package...the things you most need to get rolling and also the things that will help you grow.   I will teach you vocal technique (specifying the difference between classical technique and musical theatre technique - there IS a difference!), help create your audition book, coach your song - both the musical and acting aspects, cut your audition music, and teach audition etiquette.  We can look at what you are doing now that's not working, and identify what you are NOT doing yet, to help up your game.  And when you need something that I don't consider myself qualified for, I will put you in contact with highly qualified colleagues who will join our 'team' and assist you.  

A couple of brief testimonials...

"...if you’re looking for someone who is knowledgeable, who teaches with compassion and HONESTY, look no further. CJ is a coach, a guidance counselor, a mentor, a confidante,  a musician, a transcriber, an actor, a comedian and a friend rolled into one. She will be invaluable to your career. She has been for mine."

~Don Kenneth Mason - Portland Theatre, Oregon. 

"I have been working with CJ since June of this year and her guidance, support, encouragement, and honesty have become invaluable to me. Her vast knowledge of the business, her wealth of knowledge in material, and her astounding creativity helped our student-teacher relationship to instill in me a great deal of confidence when I walk into an audition room. She knows exactly how to communicate with an actor to not only get beyond a simple 16 bar cut, but get beyond the text and help each actor access their own set of tools to create a unique and successful package. Not only did she help me re-tool my book with fantastic song choices and exciting cuts, she has guided me through this audition season as a mentor, fellow actor and friend. It is because of CJ that I have booked my last three gigs and I can't wait to work with her again! If you're looking for a great audition coach, CJ is your best bet!!!"

~ Brad Bong - Doody in "Grease" at Casa Manana Theatre, Ft. Worth, Texas; OWAN, Norwegian Cruise Line Guest Entertainer.

My Curriculum/Syllabus/Synopsis

Let’s take a look at YOU.  Who you are, right now, and how/where you fit into this crazy industry, specifically musical theatre.  Are you an ingénue?  Leading lady?  Leading man?  Rock tenor?  Character actor?  The best friend?  Ensemble/Understudy dancer/singer?  There are many factors in determining how/where you fit into the industry; age, height, weight, personality, vocal style/strengths, and more.  Heck it could even be hair color (did you know Wicked would only see Brunettes for Elphaba and Blondes for Glinda for the first couple years?)  You might be able to sing the most beautiful version of “If I loved you”, but if you have pink hair and a nose ring, you’re probably not going to get cast as Julie Jordan in Carousel ( unless it is a very 'outside-the-box' production, which it could be these days), but you SHOULD be auditioning for Rent and American Idiot!  Regardless, this is where we start.  We sing a few songs so I can get an idea of your voice styles and technique.  We talk about audition songs you have used in the past (if none, that’s okay too…I’ll get you started) and talk about some of your favorite songs to sing.  We look for good CUTS of music for the various auditions you will encounter, put them in the right key for your voice (when appropriate), and get several rolling for you right away.  We tweak your resume, review your headshots, spend time discussing other people in the industry you are similar to in look/voice/personality/style and we study them.  After you are up and running for auditions, then we look at acting, vocal technique, audition etiquette...not necessarily in that order.  It always varies, depending on the person and their unique skill sets.  Let's get a book ready that represents the best version of YOU.  My job is to guide you, and then hold you accountable for the work.  And we do it together, as a team. 

The Details

Contact me via email (below!) for rates and scheduling.

If you are not local to NYC or Chicago but interested in chatting about the industry, working on song materials, vocal technique, etc, we can arrange a SKYPE session.   Always ask the question, the answer just may be 'Yes'.  


How often do you ask yourself..."WHAT AM I GOING TO SING FOR THIS AUDITION??"  If you're anything like me, ALL THE TIME.  So while, yes, a well rounded book is a good start and is essential for every audition, do you ever want to be more specific than "the book"?  Example:  If you're auditioning for Cosette in Les Miz, what's in your book that is perfect for her voice type, musical genre, vocal style, age range, story, etc?  If you have specific auditions for specific characters in well known musical productions coming up, drop me an email.  For $10.00, I will make 5 song suggestions that are SPECIFIC to the character you are auditioning for.  That's just $2 per Song!!  Seems like a deal to me.  And I like to work on specific material with you guys.  So that's what I want to try and help with...Let's figure out "WHAT-TO-SING" before we rent a studio and go work, so we can maximize our time in the room together.  How does that sound?  Let's give it a try.

What are you waiting for?  Stop waiting.  Take ownership of your career. 

Email me: carrie@carrieajohnson-cj.com

Cool People I like working with:

Matt Newton - TV/Film Acting Coach   www.mnactingstudio.com

Jared Trudeau - CAP 21/Vocal Technician     jared.trudeau@gmail.com

Michael Hadary - Vocal Technician  mhadaryvoicelessons@gmail.com

Caleb Hoyer - Music Director/ Accompanist/Arranger  jchoyer@nyu.edu