There is a LOT of decision making to be made during the entire process of performance art. What to sing, how to present yourself to a panel, where to apply, what to accept (if you are indeed so lucky as to have options)!
How do you make these decisions? There are many steps to take, but how does one make them when everyone's path is changing so drastically from generation to generation of performers?
It requires an intense amount of discipline and support to remain on the path to the world stage. I find one of the most difficult parts about this journey and its incumbent steps is reminding myself what success looks like for me. Sure, being a world-famous singer would be super cool, but would I be happy, or feel fulfilled as an artist? I'm not sure! So instead of making my goals about fame and fortune, which are fleeting fancies, I try to centre my artistry about community building, sharing stories and expressing myself through interesting and poignent theatrical means. This opens the door to much cooler and overall, more worthwile and interesting opportunities.
Something that I have encountered since my graduation is the removal of tangible evaluation. In many ways, only I know what my progress is like, what my productivity levels are and what my practice sessions have yielded. For better or worse, school gives you an outlet, and more directly, other people to stack yourself up against. Personally, I'm finding it liberating to 'do my own thing,' so to speak.
That being said, you will always need a team. How terrifying and pointless would it all be if we had to go it alone? I have been so fortunate to have a great group of colleagues, mentors, peers, and familial support throughout the formative years of my singing career. When I was leaving Montreal, I was so worried about leaving the community I loved so much- but a great mentor of mine reminded me that I am an intergral part of the community and team-building process.
Be empowered by the fact that while you serve the art, it must also serve you. If it is not serving you, what do your given cricumstances allow in terms of change and growth? There are many choices to make, questions to ask, stories to tell and battles to fight. While it can be overwhelming at times, remember: you make it happen, so why not take your time in doing so?
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