We’ve completed another turn around the sun and have reached that point in the year in which the temperature drops a bit, leaves begin to change color, and most of our field is in back-to-school mode. It is not a secret that the classical singing world revolves around the “season.” The season just so happens to match the academic calendar as well. Back-to-school also means that audition season is breathing down our necks. With all of this at the forefront of our minds, it is easy to start feeling overwhelmed. Negative thoughts creep into our stream of consciousness. A professional singing career is hard enough; let’s make it a little easier on ourselves this time around by doing some inner work.
What is Inner Work?
So, why “inner work”? As musicians, we are very conscious of the skill-building we do in the practice room. We work our scales, rhythmic accuracy, diction, and so much more. That skill-building is all in an effort to perform at some moment. We put ourselves out there in concerts, competitions, and masterclasses. All of the performance situations you can imagine come with successes and failures. But, how many masterclasses have you been to where the master also worked you through the emotional process of failing (or even succeeding) at a specific task? I bet not that many. That is why we are focusing this month on inner work. The processes we take on to know ourselves better.
The Practical Side of Woo-Woo…
As you probably have gathered from reading this blog, I am not a fanatic subscriber to woo-woo. I constantly write about strategies for building your singer small business. That is the way that I promise to approach this series on inner work. We are the ones that sign up for 100% of this singer life. We’re living intensely and intentionally on the edge. It makes sense to get our internal house in order so that we can take over the classical singing world with more efficiency.
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