Last year I went on a mini tour for a performance on German TV. It all sounds very glamorous doesn’t it? You see, sometimes I forget to highlight the exciting moments that occur in my life, and have unfortunately failed to capture them in full detail.
This means that over the years I have missed out on some exciting photo opportunities, just to ensure that I am ready when called upon to do my job.
I find that I am often too drained to think of taking advantage of these moments, until they are passed, and I feel a tinge of regret. The truth is that it is not always convenient to do so when you are working, and expected to be professional.
Singing can be extremely hard work and is taxing on the physical body and mind. It’s not all glamorous or fun and games. Travelling can take its toll on you but you must be ready to perform at top level, at the drop of a hat.
It’s your job to be ready and on time. Self-care and vocal exercises are your personal responsibility.
Learning the lyrics before rehearsals is crucial too, that’s if you don’t want to be embarrassed, amongst other things. Did you know that rehearsals can go on for hours, and you will probably be on your feet for the majority of the time?
On visiting all these wonderful countries and amazing venues; please note that you may only get to see the airports and hotel rooms for the duration of your stay. If you are lucky and have some time off, then you may get to meet the locals and do some exploring.
It’s not all about the singing either.
You must hone your people skills because you will be interacting with mostly strangers from all walks of life, and you must be pleasant at all times. No temper tantrums or hissy fits because you are uncomfortable or miss your creature comforts.
I love what I do, and some of my best moments in life have been on the road. If you have a passion for it, you will always find a way to do it.