My plan for the next four years, and on, starts with my education. I am in the process of researching potential opportunities in the future and gathering information. I do the basics, practicing as efficiently as I can, eating healthy, working hard to keep good grades in my classes (good grades open doors). The skills I need to acquire right now are proficiency with language, a tough skin, good technique, emotional, mental, and physical endurance, and a generally unshakeable positive attitude. Also, I am reading about my subject, something young artists tend to neglect in the midst of trying to grab ahold of the basics. I’m studying posture (via Alexander Technique), old-style Bel Canto technique to further my voice lessons, diction, history, and general philosophy about a positive mindset toward singing and art. I plan to keep doing this over the course of my four years, garnering as much information as possible. Knowing terminology and internalizing lessons that may be taught much later, now, I will be leveled with other people of different education. Also, I am starting a World Language major. I am deciding between on French or German in addition to Italian. Whichever language I don’t practice in school, I will be studying on my own. By the end of my four years, I hope to be proficient in three languages.
My educational plan is to continue through undergrad onto a grad school with a teacher who will pull the best out of me, regardless of where it is, and perhaps continue onto a performance diploma. Either after grad school or performance diploma, I will audition for apprenticeships in addition to small jobs. I will do my best to get a church job next year (sophomore year), to prepare myself for singing in public on an even more regular basis. My hope is to go with my voice teacher to the Amalfi Coast Festival at some point in my undergraduate years, and the summer after my senior year, I will sign up to go with her to summer study-abroad in South Africa .
In the outside world, I am considering the options of teaching voice, teaching language, or being a waiter, in addition to my art. This is how I will make money, and maybe, I might be interested in starting a small group of classical singers to create music together, performing in casual locations at first, then hopefully, moving on to travelling through Europe. We would perform musical theatre and opera numbers for people in many languages. Also, we might perform solos as well as choir pieces to entertain our audiences.
Because I am still at a base level, it’s almost impossible for me to pinpoint what my “special sauce” is. I know though that I have an incredible motivation and work ethic, I will be well-read and educated about my craft outside of my voice lessons, and I am searching. That is enough right now, for me. I don’t want to force any sort of niche upon myself. I will let it come organically to me through experience and hard work.