I've decided to make a career change. And by that I don't mean, changing my focus away from my singing studies. On the contrary, I'm actually talking about voluntarily devoting all of my time to the pursuit of my artistic preparations. This may seem like a strange time to do such a thing, as the country is in the throes of an economic downturn, however, I'm of the opinion that there is no time like the present, and so I have decided to make that leap of faith even in this most trying of times. In order to better prepare for this period of low income but high yields (in the department of learning roles and honing my craft, that is) I've decided to apply for several grants which hopefully will help to fund my decision and allow me to pay for necessary singing expenses (audition fees, coaching fees, transportation costs, new scores, reprints of headshots, etc...) while still devoting the large part of my time to the study of singing. (So, for those of you readers who are grant writers- email me if you feel like lending some charitable advice!)
This might be a shock to people who are not musicians or did not grow up knowing someone who was living and working as a musician, but it does take much more time to really develop your ability in order to make a living from it than most people think. So, with this new found knowledge, the determination to learn as much as I can in this year's time, and my recent acceptance to Center City Opera Theater as an Apprentice Artist, my decision to take this year and make it count has actually been pretty aptly timed. I am hoping that those of you who read my blog and follow along on my singing exploits in this wonderful field will be tickled and equally excited for me. Just think--you will soon be able to read about what it will be like for me to devote my entire life (starting now) to singing. I have heard the popular quote "Fate is a fickle master" and I have decided that I am going to meet whatever Fate has to throw my way with a smile and some good ol' fashioned gumption, and then just let the rest go.
So far I've only gotten one difficult hurdle to overcome which has been cropping up in the past weeks in relation to this decision--an full schedule! You know, whoever said that when you work for yourself you work longer and harder was definitely right! I guess it's easier to divorce yourself from you work if you don't like what you do, or if you work for a large company where you might not see the direct result of your efforts, but I can certainly affirm that when you are working for yourself toward a goal that is important to you, boy, you certainly do move your butt to get to that goal! But, I guess, if that's the only problem that I've come across thus far, then I can't really complain, can I? :)