Recently, the creator of Center for Singers introduced herself to me! What a fantastic resource for singers looking to improve their resumes, check on their audition attire appropriateness, and even learn more about other singers in her Singer Spotlight! If you're in the Dallas, TX area, she offers a ton of in-person services, and offers many online as well. If you need your resumes edited, cover letters proofread, or are looking for a compiled list of music organizations in Texas, you must check her out!
If you're looking for work, you can always consider looking at the Opera America website. This company also lists the tiers of different opera companies, so you can learn whether or not it's a union gig, paying gig, or a "freebie." OperaAmerica.org (Job Index)
My friend, Kristen, started Operaversity a while ago. She offers blog articles, courses, and great information for the Operapreneur - many who are balancing a performing schedule with teaching, side hustles, day jobs, and more! Operaversity.com
I feel like it's kind of crazy to say this, because what we do as opera singers seems so VASTLY different from what "Influencers" do, BUT... I think that we, as classical musicians, have a ton we can learn from this new world of Influencer Marketing.
I just finished listening to and reading #Influencer by Brittany Hennessey, and while there was a lot of information about brand collaboration, which most of us opera singers *probably* won't use, I really found her discussion around contracts, professionalism, and promotional collaboration to align with some of the same principles I've discussed on The Operapreneur Podcast! I would like to highlight some of my big takeaways for singers:
Okay #Operapreneurs! I hope this was helpful. It definitely aligns with my podcast on Personal Branding, but there is ALWAYS more to learn and try out! So, as Ms. Frizzle Says: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" Go out there and try something new!
I love listening to Podcasts, reading loads of informative books, and checking out blog articles!
Here is my round up of great reads & listening opportunities for the business side of what we do!
1. Jenna Kutcher, host of The Goaldigger Podcast. She's a business executive, turned photographer, turned podcaster and educator and she offers so much amazing FREE advice on using social media, building a creative arts business, and balancing life, work, and family. THIS ARTICLE on Living Your Truth is especially lovely.
2. Girlboss, started by Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso. Lots of great articles on becoming more financially literate, balancing being an entrepreneur with being, you know, human... and plenty more to read and fill your mind with great ideas.
3. My friend Ellen Broen recently started blogging. Her posts on being a singer are vulnerable, honest, and inspiring. Not only is she a very talented mezzo, but also a life coach and somewhat of a fitness guru!
4. Another wonderful person and friend in the biz is Michelle Markwart Deveaux, who has built a career around helping voice teachers with business strategy! Her blog posts are definitely helpful to those of us who teach!
5. Mavenly + Co. also offers great business advice and used to have a Podcast. I believe the podcast is no longer running, but the articles had great business advice. I would especially like to highlight Share Your Success Humble-Brag About Your Hustle