JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

You’ll never catch your dreams if you don’t chase them…

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So some of you may have read my post from after my trip – the one about being re-inspired to get my singing back into high gear.

Well, I’m taking that as far as I can and doing something that I’ve thought about for YEARS, but just didn’t see it happening – until now.

I’m planning a European audition tour for next year. To the non-singers out there, this essentially means going over to Germany and Austria for several weeks and trying to get as many auditions as you can. There are essentially two times a year to do this – the fall or the spring. Since the fall is out (singing in “Patience” followed by Christmas caroling season), I’ve set my sights on the early spring season – probably February into March/April.

This is not something that is done easily. Not only do I have to fine tune specific rep in my audition package (much of which needs to be brought out from a few years ago), but I have to do an insane amount of research ahead of time. I’ll need to find a place to stay – but first need to determine the best city in which to stay. Gotta figure out which kind of Eurail pass to get. Even though there are some references to consult out there, much of the leg work still needs to be done the old fashioned way – putting together lists of agents, who they represent (so I can gauge whether or not to send them my stuff), how to contact them, getting all the audition stuff translated into German….

Oh yeah, and on that note – working more on my German. Honestly, my German is not bad. But it’s not fabulous. I’d place myself smack dab in the middle as far as my language level. But I’ve been meaning to get fluent for quite some time, so I need to start on that. Gotta pull out the old German textbooks. (I’ve even thought of hunting down my old high school German teacher to set up tutoring. Hmmmm….. perhaps it’s time to google Frau Moore…)

And did I mention that I’ll be doing all of this while singing the lead in a new show for me (Patience), running the caroling business (Olde Towne Carolers) which looks like it will have its busiest season EVER (eek!), doing the travel agent thing, teaching voice lessons, and working my retail job.

Whew! I’m busy. (Seriously, seeing it in print can be a bit sobering.)

But I have to do this and I just can’t wait any longer. The calendar doesn’t run its course backwards and I’m not getting any younger. I have a little post-it above my computer that says, “Failure is never as frightening as regret.” I don’t even remember where I originally read it, but I keep it there as an important reminder. I’ve always said I’m the kind of person who doesn’t want to get to the end of life and say “what if.” What if I had tried that. What if I had gone there. What if I had made that extra effort. And you know what? I never will be that person looking back and saying “what if”. Nothing in life can guarantee success or the fulfillment of our dreams. But not trying is the absolute guaranteed way to ensure that you’ll never see those dreams come to fruition.

Some people want a safe and easy life. Me – I think I prefer a little more excitement and adventure, thank you. Just point me to the cliff, and I’ll take a running leap. 🙂


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?

One thought on “You’ll never catch your dreams if you don’t chase them…

  1. And here’s one more thing you can add to your list of things to do…once you’ve made all these arrangements, you’ll be the perfect travel agent to make these kinds of arrangements for other singers/actors who want to audition in Europe.

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