You heard it here last, friends, but the business of performing is mostly rejection (of some variety), relentless hard work and persistence, and the occassional slice of fun.
Well, okay, perhaps that is a tad on the grim side, but as is the case in the performing world, the product is a person. It's tough to be both the product and producer, especially when envelopped in an subjective and often ego-saturated medium. It often causes us to get caught up in thinking we're not ready, and will never be ready; so what's the point in continuing on? There are a number of ways I believe this manifests itself in us performers, but I won't tell you how to discern your own demons. It's a process that is continually on display at all stages. Part of that process is recieving and processing feedback, which will be from a variety of sources, and the feedback that sticks could be from the least credible source.
I have a theory that a career in the performing arts is the sum total of your ability to synthesize varying opinions into a work of art. At this juncture between school and professional stage work, I am finding there is either a bombardment of opinions on the particulars of your artistic formation, or seemingly none. I suppose this is the way it goes for the performing artist ad infinitum, and the true pros are great at both keeping up their selective hearing, and following their own truth, so to speak.
I have been given so many pieces of advice about singing. No matter what I sing, someone will hate it, so I might as well be singing something Iove (within reason. I understand 26-year old Isoldes aren't noted for their longevity). Some wisdom has been invaluable, and it's from the most unlikely sources, and some more authoritative sources have given me very confusing pointers. So it goes! Every opinion is just an opinion; no one person's word is bible.
Don't get me wrong: I deeply value a second (or third, or eighth...) opinion. This artform is, after all, a team effort. And I too am guilty of adding to the myriad of subectively biased advice to and for myself and my colleauges. But I hope to look past the cycle of identifying issues (especially recurring ones), to simply wait the reverberations of my own discourse into the informational abyss. I write here as I make these discoveries for myself, and I hope this may inspire you to make discoveries of your own.
So if you're feeling rejected, confused or unsure where to turn- listen to yourself. Give yourself time to figure out who you wnat to be and what you want to say. No one else is going to say it for you.
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