JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Crossing things off the list…

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Well, today (or looking at the clock… yesterday) was the big recital!  We had a very nice turn out and I even sold a few CDs.  I’m eager to watch the video and see which tracks might work for demo recording purposes.  But in the meantime, I’m chilling here trying to unwind from a long day.

 

All performers are familiar with the chemical roller coaster you go through in these kinds of situations – especially something as big as a recital.  You get a huge adrenaline hit before going on, which lasts you through your performance.  After the show is over, the adrenaline stays with you for just a little bit longer, then CRASH.  You suddenly feel 100 times more tired than you did 5 minutes ago, and you just want to collapse for awhile until you feel normal again.  Unfortunately, today was a great example of the saying “no rest for the weary”, as after my recital I had to head off to Fledermaus rehearsal – 45 minutes away.  So there was no time to grab a big meal to refuel – the baked goods from the post-recital reception would have to suffice as my make shift dinner.  During that 3+ hour rehearsal tonight, all I wanted to do was curl up and fall asleep.

 

But the really great thing about today coming to an end is that it’s one less thing on my plate, which means one less source of stress in my busy life.  Don’t get me wrong, I love performing – anyone who knows me can attest to that.  But it feels great to have one of those big performances crossed off the list successfully.  Now I can focus all my musical attentions on Fledermaus and getting more organized for caroling season.  And hopefully have some more time to do some research and planning for my upcoming adventures when Milos comes for his visit!  At least being busy keeps that clock ticking nice and fast!

 

Here are some pics from the recital!…..

 

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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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