JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Olde Towne Carolers best year yet?

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I’m using that question mark in the title because I don’t want to jinx the situation. I’m a big believer in the jinx, I have to say. It’s my only superstitious thing. (That and a bad dress rehearsal is good luck for opening night. My only other superstition – haha!)

Saying that, I’ve been really happily surprised at the amount of bookings I’m making already this early in the year for Olde Towne Carolers. In the past, we’ve had at most 2-4 gigs lined up by the summertime, and those were usually December weddings, as brides like to plan out far in advance. Most of our calls come in October and November.

But this year, we already have 15 gigs lined up for December already. And I haven’t even done our annual brochure mailing yet! Yeah…. I have to get on that…. time to address LOTS of envelopes! :-/

So I’m waiting to see what this year holds for the little business that I started. Who would’ve thought that on that random day in the summer of 2005 – when I was having lunch with my great friend Dan, who was giving me some ideas on how to get this started – that I’d be laying the ground for something that has reached this level.

Who would’ve known we’d eventually perform on national television, regional television, for Disney’s Train Tour, and for a big regional radio program? I sure never saw that coming!

But if you put something out there that’s really good – consistently good – and fill a niche for a service that people really want, good things come your way.

In the other parts of my musical life, I’m hoping that if I put that kind of work into getting my European audition tour together, that maybe – just maybe – more good things will come my way. All good things come from people giving something a try – going for something even with the chance of failure.

Just something to mull over in my mind at the end of a long exhausting week. I’m thinking I need to go address some envelopes now! Till next time! 🙂

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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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