For one week before and one week after the launch of the new MusicalSingers.com, we conducted a survey to learn more about you, the rockin’ singers of the musical world. Part of the purpose of this site is to build community. To find encouragement in knowing you’re not alone in this journey to accomplish your dreams! So here’s a cross section of you, our readers, where you’re from, what your struggles are, and who you’d like to hear from most.
If we boiled the results down into a “reader profile,” it would look like this: Our average reader is a either in college or holding an advanced degree and working in regional theatre across the United States.
As far as challenges facing musical singers, here’s how you weighed in with the topics presented:
Finding audition music, auditions, and marketing yourself were at the top of the list. For audition topics, be sure to check frequently the “auditions” tab in our category list above. To find audition music, there are great sites such as MusicNotes.com, SheetMusicPlus.com, and PianoTrax.com. If you need help picking a song that fits your range, the show, and the character you’re auditioning for, or just have general auditions questions, post a question in our Auditions Forums here and our MusicalSingers tribe will rally to help you out!
Another hot topic among you is the task of marketing yourself. As a professional in the design industry, I (Holly) have helped clients for over 20 years show their best self to the world. Have questions or need suggestions on how best to brand your unique self? Post your questions in our Career Forums here.
Who you want to hear from
So as I was reviewing the results of the survey, I noticed this questions might have been a little misleading. Of course we’d all like to hear directly from casting directors—right now—on our cel phone! 🙂 However, that wasn’t the nature of the question. I’m most interested in who you’d like to hear from on this site. We secure interviews with industry professionals and invite guest contributors from time to time, so we want to make sure who we’re posting is who you want to hear from.
I’ve taken some great classes with casting director Benton Whitley of Stewart/Whitley Casting in New York City. If you’d like a dead-on experience of what a New York audition is like, spring for one of these classes. I’ll do a post soon of my experience, but I can assure you it was worth every penny.
It’s also good to know what directors are looking for. See our exclusive interview with Wicked director Joe Mantello for audition advice. We’ll be adding some new ones soon. Any particular directors you’d like to hear from? Comment below and we’ll see if we can hunt them down!
Third up on the professionals list is your need for good vocal coaching. This is one of the most important elements to ensure you are at your best when a perfect audition opportunity comes up. With the constant updating of technology, there are great options for coaching whether you want a face-to-face experience with a local expert or a Skype-based session with one of the top vocal instructors in the country. I’ve done both, and they both have their plusses. More on that in a future post! I’m curious what your situation is on this—are you having trouble finding a vocal coach? Just want tips you can implement on your own? Want recommendations on someone who will be a good fit for you? Ask those questions in our Vocal Technique forum.
Get that goal in writing!
Finally, here’s a sample list of some of your biggest goals in the next 12 months. It does help to write them down and put them in a place you’ll see them often. You can do this!
- Redo my audition book
- Connect with singers in my area
- To get specific
- Begin singing in public again
- Get cast in 3 shows
- Create an entirely new audition book for college auditions
- Become a more effective voice teacher
- Audition for at least 12 shows, and be cast in 3
- To step up and confidently sing!
- To audition for the most prestigious agency in Germany
- To be actively performing while maintaining a busy university teaching calendar
- To perform at a large venue in a lead role, possibly for compensation!
Something else you’re curious about?
Any questions I should have asked but didn’t? Curious about your fellow MusicalSingers? Comment below and let us know what you’d like to know about your MusicalSinger community.
I intend to conduct this reader survey annually. It will play a big role in helping me provide better, more relevant content. Thanks to each of you who participated!