3 Things You Might Not Be Doing, But Should Start!
- You don’t put yourself out there.
This means audition for everything you can. Even if you don’t get the role, you put a name to a face. Try sending in digital auditions. Introduce yourself to directors, conductors, prominent voice teachers, producers, etc. Just do it. There will come a time they will need someone for something and they will think of you. (That being said—don’t be a squeaky wheel about it. Be confident and professional. One of my theater friends said to me “Complete 100 auditions. If nothing comes of those 100, then you can think about another career.” So wholeheartedly and fearlessly, put yourself out there.
2. You don’t have a web presence.
The reality is that we live in a world driven by the internet. In order to be seen by many, you must put yourself in front of many. Hence, my advice to make yourself present online. A website is a solid plan when marketing yourself online. Websites allow you to represent yourself in a professional, yet personable manner and highlight your strengths and accomplishments. It is also a SUPER easy way to submit applications or audition materials! There are many different online tools to create a website such as Wix and Squarespace. I personally use GoDaddy for both performing domain and this blog. Look out for a post on how to choose a website builder and my reviews of a few different options. (Coming soon!)
3. You’re not an active learner.
Let me explain this one. If you are not “game” for a life of continuous learning, then you might want to think again about being a professional singer. Those who thrive are those who seek more experience, more knowledge, and more guidance. You will learn something from every director, conductor, cast member, stage manager, and choreographer. Whether you take or leave that new knowledge is up to you, but be open to it. Ask for constructive criticism. Learn from it and grow. Side note: This active learner attitude also makes you a more desirable rehire because it shows you are adaptable and versatile.
One of the most unique and sometimes exhaustible parts of being a performer is the amount of “outside” work it takes to succeed. It truly is a never-ending list as our performing jobs are never permanent. There are many moments where I have found the process overwhelming. However, I discovered two positive methods of thinking that make the “work” more meaningful. First, I look at my website, my audition repertoire binder, and my various recordings (needing editing) as my scrapbook of my performing exploits. They are memories I want to keep and I can recall them anytime I want. The second method is seeing every application, every audition or pre-screening video as an opportunity for a new experience, a new page in the scrapbook. It has helped me to view those tedious tasks into a vision much bigger and more special than simply applying for a job.
Be creative and be open-minded. More opportunities will arise and more doors will open!