One of my colleagues posted a terrific list on her Facebook page and I just had to share –it’s NEVER easy getting your performing career, organization or studio up and running:
15 Ways to Sabotage a Music Career
1. Avoid networking: don’t use business cards or swap contact info with colleagues & contacts
2. Don’t invite people to your performances
3. After performances, don’t socialize with fans or colleagues
4. Don’t keep in contact with former teachers, employers, colleagues, donors
5. Don’t bother returning calls or emails promptly
6. Don’t include your audio and video clips on your social media profiles
7. Come to rehearsals late and unprepared
8. Be difficult to work with: have an attitude, be a Diva
9. Don’t record and release your own performances
10. Don’t join relevant professional music organizations
11. Don’t read the publications relevant to your field (ArtsJournal, Classical Singer, Musical America, etc.)
12. Don’t bother learning about the business side of your profession (AKA the music industry): after all, you’re an “ARTISTE”!
13. Be convinced that you need to win a competition or land a major record deal in order to have a career (HAHA got that singer friends?)
14. Wait until you get an agent, are “discovered,” or get that lucky break, and then start your career (Yes. Very Smart.)
15. Assume that someone else is going to take care of managing your career (booking your performances, attracting your audience, handling your finances, taxes, etc.).
On the other hand, if you’d rather succeed in a music career, do the reverse of the above
Between singing for Tanglewood gigs, I’ve been busy putting a little update together on my portfolio. Below please find a preview of headshots from Andrew at Gentle Grace Photography . I had a blast in the photo session and can’t wait to share the final pictures –and new demo songs — soon!