Having a career in the opera is my dream and so do many who are enrolled in voice courses. There are thousands of the aspiring opera singers in the United States and not all have become successful to becoming an opera singer. The good thing is that they had diverted into another field so they could use what they had learned and still be active in the music industry. Many have found a fulfilling work for them as having a degree and an experience would surely make you an opera singer.
It is a reality that many had already accepted. But while you are in the opera industry, there are things that you have to know. There are things that you will only learn while you are already in the practice. Let us know some of them here as shared by someone. One of the things that you will know is that you would be alone for most of the times. You get to travel and you will have colleagues that you will not have the same interest.
You could live in different places as you would be near the place you will soon perform. One of the things one has learned is to buy things in small pack or amount as you may not use all of them and you need to move. Do learn to cook for yourself. You will also learn that it is not the best who always wins. You also should learn to accept criticisms and do not let them affect you in a negative way. Do not compare yourself to other performers and learn to manage your finances.