Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year's Resolutions for Singers

By Lily Guerrero

Many people will make resolutions this January to eat healthier, work out more, and save money. What about singers? What can you do to shape up your brand?

1. Get organized.

Getting organized extends to many facets of your singing life. Do you have an insane amount of photocopies floating around your apartment? Buy large, three-ring binders and organize your photocopies by language. Within each binder, organize the music by the composer’s last name. That way, the next time you need to find an aria, you know where your photocopy is and you don’t have to make another copy out of your aria book. 

Is time management not your forte? Get to know your Google calendar! Schedule some practice time for yourself every day, and really stick to it. 

Are you terrible at remembering where you put all your receipts for tax purposes? Get a cute box and paperclip your receipts by type of expense so that you have them in one place when April 15th rolls around.

2. Get active in body, mind, and spirit.

We all know the many benefits of exercise, but in a world where every minute counts, use it as a multi-tasking opportunity. Before going to your day job, spend 30 minutes on the elliptical memorizing your aria or going over the text to an art song. Not only are you working your body, you’re working your brain! Incorporate breathing exercises and stretching into your practice routine. It is a great way to prepare your body to use its entire mechanism. Remember that your body is your instrument, and you need to keep it well-maintained!

3. Get in the loop.

The opera industry is your profession. Do you know whom the up and coming singers are and what they have done to get to that point? Do you know the current events in the business? Are you following all the latest news on opera blogs and magazines? You already read Sexi Soprano, so I know you’re a savvy singer! Consider getting all the latest opera gossip sent to your e-mail, so you have something to read in the morning while you sip your coffee. It’s both entertaining and informative!

4. Get in touch.

The New Year is a great time to reach out to people and send a quick hello as a networking tool. Draft a letter explaining all of the things you did the previous year, and what your career goals or plans are in the coming year. It’s always good to remind people that you exist, especially if you can do it with a handwritten letter. You never know if that church you subbed at a few months ago needs a soloist for their next big Requiem concert. Don’t forget to get in touch with previous mentors as well. They love to hear what you’re up to, and I’m sure they’ll be touched that you sent them a note with your appreciation for all they’ve done for you in the past year!

5. Get back in the game.

Maybe this audition season was disappointing for you, and you’re feeling discouraged. You didn’t place at the Met competition or get into the YAP of your choice. Give yourself a little time to grieve, but then get back in the game. You can start out with something small. Schedule your next lesson. Pick out a new aria and translate it. Find a local, low-pressure competition to enter. Remind yourself of all the reasons why you do what you do, and give yourself time to fall in love with the art form again.

What are your singer friendly New Year’s resolutions? Comment below!