Happy New Year! Already?
Happy New Year! Already?
The media is awash with positive thoughts and vibes for 2017. Everyone is talking ‘game plans’, ‘goals’ and ‘measurable objectives’. It is exciting, invigorating and infectious.
However, the reality for many singers is that during December you have sacrificed your vocal chords to the descant of Hark the Herald angels for as many gigs as those two amazing tiny little muscles will get you through and, as inspiring as the turn of a new year is, the energy tank is running on empty.
'Must stay healthy - just this one last gig to get through!'
Big Ben has chimed and (if social media is to be believed) you have then arisen like a phoenix from the ashes on the 1st of January 2017 a whole new person. You are killing it in the gym, slaying it in the practice room and for good measure are ploughing through your tax return, all without the aid of chocolates, cheese, sleep or a glass of wine. If this is you, all power to you. Keep going. We salute you and are here for you. Get on and apply for those opportunities on the Audition Oracle work & auditions board!
Perhaps though, the raft of New Years Resolutions began to vanish from view at about the time someone offered you a bacon sandwich. Do you now find yourself reading this whilst eating contraband treats and fiercely ignoring the three vocal scores and five audition arias that have been on your New Years resolution lists for the last five years?
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
You know what, if you are, it’s fine. Performers work hard during December so that others can enjoy their holidays. Now, you can take a little time out and then start implementing the New Years revolution bombarding you on social media a little later once you too are rested and ready to go again. Decide your own back to singing work date to fit your needs.
If you woke up today raring to go planning to email five choral societies a day because this year you know you want more oratorio work. Great. Do it. Check in with the helpful tips on a great CV (auditionoracle.com/securing_auditions_part_1_a_guide_to_your_one_page_cv) & covering letter (auditionoracle.com/creating_your_covering_letter).
"Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day-in and day-out." - Robert Collier
What if all you really want to do is take an hour to sit and read a paper cover to cover because you haven't managed to do this for the last three months? Then give yourself that gift and enjoy it, guilt free.