So that gig you accepted has turned out to be, shall we say, challenging. In business, they like to call these situations “opportunities”, because let’s keep it positive, people! But in the arts, we calls ’em like we sees ’em: trainwrecks. So what do you do when you discover that you signed onto a trainwreck? Well,… Read More Lord, Give Me Strength: How to Deal With a Challenging Gig
Skip the “Audition Uniform”! It’s all the rage in auditioning these days. Social media posts are proudly proclaiming a break from jewel-tone wrap dresses in a picture parade of prints, slacks, jumpsuits, muumuus, and tuxedos. Well, not so much the last two, because, well, there are some things that are clearly not time/place appropriate. I mean, you’d… Read More What to Wear to Auditions: Answers to Three FAQs!
So we’re all reeling from the election results, right? I mean, alcohol sales in blue states must have tripled last week. People are posting all over social media about fear, sadness, activism and change, and Trump’s success has us all focused on the looming doom of his presidency (OMG HALP) (although if you voted for him, then hey,… Read More Failure and Resilience
Hi Readers! It’s that time of year, that wonderful time when the shelves are stripped bare at Target: it’s back to school! So BSR’s esteemed Executive Director Margaret Felice, an accomplished singer, writer and teacher, has assembled this great list of tips for singers navigating their first years in college or conservatory. Seriously, where was this when… Read More 8 Back to School Tips from BSR
Don’t you love a good numbered list of important things on the internet? Who doesn’t! So here’s the BSR Blog’s very first numbered list of 8 Important Tips for Navigating the Singing Business. These are things I’ve either learned the hard way, seen people learn the hard way, figured out after much trial and error,… Read More 8 Important Tips for Navigating the Singing Business!
Hi Readers! This blog regularly features career tips and perspective on the business for working singers, but wait- what about advice for the people on the other side of the table? Aren’t there best practices and suggestions for the organizers and producers who make the opportunities happen? The short answer is YES, so: et voilà!… Read More How to Attract That Special Someone: 8 Ways for Small Opera Companies to Attract Quality Singers
In Part One of Don’t Take It Personally!, I talked about rejection letters and some of the reasons why you didn’t get one (read it here). Of course, no one *wants* to get one of those, but sometimes we take it the wrong way when all we get is silence instead. But this time, let’s talk about… Read More Don’t Take It Personally! Part Two: Why You Got Rejected