JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

You can’t be perfect all the time.

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So I had an audition yesterday.  It went alright, but it wasn’t my best.

These kinds of situations always leave me a bit confused.  I have certain audition rep that I know backwards and forwards, inside and out.  And I’ve always had great luck with this particular piece at musical theatre auditions.

So why do I feel so blah about my audition yesterday?

I guess I sang alright.  The woman at the table was very complimentary.  And at this level in the business, no one sucks.  (Well, almost no one.)  I certainly didn’t suck, but I just didn’t feel the connection.

So I’m left trying to figure out what “went wrong” this time to avoid it in the future.  I felt good and warmed up getting to the audition location.  I knew my music very well – have been doing this piece for years.

And I’m thinking that my energy was down.  After singing in front of people SO many times, the nerves do start to go away.  Even in auditions.  I don’t get the nervous jitters anymore.  But I am a high energy person and I like to keep moving before I sing.  I am NOT one of those singers that can sit still for long periods of time before singing – my energy goes away completely.  And I think that’s what happened yesterday.  I got to the audition site plenty early, and they were running a little late.  So I sat in a seat quietly for over 45 minutes.  I should have known better.  I KNOW me!  Love it or hate it, I’m that singer at auditions who likes to chit chat and make new friends before going into the audition room.  I’ve found this is much easier in MT (musical theatre) auditions, as they tend to be more laid back.  (Although the waiting area yesterday was strangely quiet for a MT audition.)  Opera auditions are much more serious beforehand.  (Which, again, I terribly dislike.   I just can’t sit there in concentration and then be able to be all energetic when singing.)

So I’m reminded to keep moving before an audition, not be afraid to chit chat, and have a great time.  Nothing like learning a real life lesson in the field – those are the kinds that stick with you the most!

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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