OPERA America (a non-profit dedicated to serving the opera community in America) is pleased to announce a new expense…. I mean, program: Career Blueprints.
If you are a singer, soloist, or freelance musician, you have not even left the bench until you have:
- gorgeous headshots
- a studio recording
- a pipeline of feedback from (real-world working) casting and general directors
- a knock-out résumé and narrative biography
- a website that says “Damn, you’re good at what you do.”
- an ever-increasing skill set when it comes to personal branding, audition techniques, and a deep understanding of the crazy, changing business that is professional music.
So this is exactly what the CAREER BLUEPRINTS FOR SINGERS program offers: all 6 of those items, in one fat $700+ bundle! Experts will massage your career materials into a firm foundation, compelling and attractive to future employers. How marvelous, that in one place, at one time, and in one swoop, you can emerge with the engine built to power your Career Rocket!
This program is exciting!
You do not need it.
If today were 1980, it would be invaluable. Today, however, you have the internet.
When I was 14, I accidentally started my first business
One afternoon, my friend Richard asked me if I could create a new website for his friend’s business. At the time, I knew about 10 lines of code. But I said yes anyways. We set a day to discuss the project over dinner, 5 days away. Every day, for 5 days, I turned to Google (which was a young startup at the time!). I searched for hours and hours on everything I could get my hands on: website design, coding, contracts, negotiation… When I finally met Richard and his friend over steak and potatoes, I negotiated a 6 month contract. But at the time: I had no clue how to actually make a website.
I spent 3 months learning how to design and code websites, and another 3 months actually making the website. The site launched to rave reviews, a host of referral contracts, and an 11 year run as the face of their company.
All because I was too stupid to know my limits!
You don’t know how to get great headshots, to create a compelling website, to write an incredible cover letter, to get feedback. The truth: this is between you, your determination, and the search bar! The internet is a fountain spewing more knowledge than you could hope to absorb in 1,000 lifetimes! Do you need to pay $700 for knowledge and consulting? Sometimes, absolutely! In this case? Unequivocally no.
There are six aspects to the OPERA America CAREER BLUEPRINT program. My advice? Set aside 6 days and do it yourself: how about August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6? Invest 2 hours each day researching and learning everything you can about one of those topics. On August 7, set future dates within the month of August when you will execute on each those goals.
Hard? No. Difficult to turn off Facebook, follow through, and do the work? Yes.
I support OPERA America, without reserve. We need them. But more than any program or company, I support you, the individual artist. You must learn to support yourself whenever possible.
You don’t need to spend $700, plus flight and a hotel, for skills waiting to be picked up on the internet. Everything offered in this OPERA America program is taught be world class experts. For free. On the internet.
It often pays to be too stupid to know your own limits. Get a little stupid. Get online. Get learning.