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April 26, 2019

There's a lot of talk this week in the performing arts world regarding 'messages' and 'what artists are trying to say'.

Forums have been blowing up regarding the Tulsa Opera's casting of a transgender artist to play the title role in 'Don Giovanni'. What does this mean...

April 5, 2019

I recently was talking with a younger singer about the feedback one receives at vocal competitions versus auditions. This singer had received tons of praise at their latest auditions and callbacks. However, when they decided to enter a local competition, they received...

April 3, 2019

There are no less than seven different ways for me to get from my home to my voice lessons downtown.

There are at LEAST seven ways that I counted--I'm sure there are far more, if I were to really sit down and think about it. 

None of these routes are any inherently...

July 13, 2018

Auditions are the worst, ya’ll.

Auditioning is a natural part of a singer’s life, as unavoidable and as necessary as breathing. It can also be just as uncomfortable as, oh, breathing underwater.

I call it the ‘necessary evil of the singing world’. Auditions are one of th...

July 2, 2018

It’s officially summer!

For those of us who aren’t in YAP’s or pay-to-sings, the summer can be a time of recouping and regrouping.

You can use these long, lazy days to finally update your website, or to add or subtract a new aria from your audition package--or to start f...

June 25, 2018

We’ve all experienced it: the Jerk Factor.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term 'Jerk Factor’, it’s a descriptor used to reference anyone acting in an unprofessional, amoral, unethical or undesirable way within a professional setting. Most casts and crews...

June 13, 2018

    The past four days have been a HUGE deal in the performing arts communities. This past Sunday were the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, and Monday night were the 45th Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards. For those who are not aware, the ‘Jeff’ Awards are a staple of the Chi...

June 8, 2018

The theater company that I work with just had a HUGE weekend.

In the span of three days’ time, we had our annual fundraising Gala, our company birthday (hooray!), a load-in for our mainstage production, and a two-night concert series.

Needless to say, it was a very succe...

May 30, 2018

I want to talk about becoming a wildly-successful person.

I just got done reading this really great article in which a journalist sat down and interviewed a famous actress. This actress was crediting her longevity and wild success to her unwavering focus and overall ten...

May 7, 2018

This past week, I went to a callback.

(This isn’t a super exciting opening sentence. Let me try again…)

This past week, I went to a callback--and actually had an amazing, enjoyable time.

(There, that’s better!)

I think this is the first and only time I’ve ever penned that...

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