When as a singer you find yourself unable to work, what next?
This week’s blog post was due to be on an entirely different subject but I have been derailed by a chance meeting with a professional singer in Spain. It turned out she has previously had cancer of the tonsils and then after recovering from that operation has now had a cyst removed from her vocal cords. She is devastated at the idea she may never sing again for, as with so many singers, it is both her livelihood and passion.
What happens when you are studying to be a professional singer or have already been working in the field for years and serious illness stops you and your voice in its tracks? Perhaps you are unable to work for other reasons such as family bereavement, loss of hearing or emotional problems. You can't audition, you can't work, your bills are stacking up and you feel impotent. What next? How will you live and be able to afford specialist treatment when required (as for freelancers sick pay is not on the table) let alone have the time and space to recover and heal?
There is more help out there than you realise and removing the financial stress will help you to allow yourself time to recuperate properly.
AVENUES OF FINANCIAL AID AND FREE ADVICE/TREATMENT
The Brittish Association of the performing arts is fantastic service that offers free, specialist medical advice to help overcome work-related health problems for full and part-time professionals, student performing artists and crew. To book an appointment bapam.org.uk/perf_clinics.html
Know of another source of financial aid?
These are just three examples of the help out there for singers & instrumentalist in need of financial assistance through no fault of their own. Please email [email protected]
or comment on this post with further sources and we will update this post.