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Making a living singing

October 28, 2009

I was asked to sing two funerals this week. That makes one concert contract, 12 masses, one wedding, and two funerals. If that happened every month, I would be making a totally legitimate living singing. Wow. How easy it seems now. I know I can’t guarantee that I’ll continue to get concert gigs every month, and no one can time funerals, but I am on my way towards my original goal of “making a living singing,” whatever that means.

It’s funny when you ask the question, “how much money constitutes a living?” I’m not really sure. I suppose that whatever the base salary of an entry-level worker qualifies. I never said it had to be a good living. The fact that I’m anywhere close to that figure sort of blows my mind. Not that I thought it was an impossible feat, but I thought it would be harder, and for a while, it was. But when you’ve got a steady church job, you make the bulk of that fee fairly easily. It might kill my Sundays, but there’s no better way to spend a few hours than singing, in my view.

And choral gigs are time suckers, but the energy output is pretty minimal, and the pay is good. I made more money singing than at any of my other jobs this month. Cool.

As I do this more, I realize that it’s a job like any other, even if it’s nontraditional and some folks don’t really understand it. It means weird hours, and demands on your time are different than a normal 9 to 5. But I get to sing. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. I really don’t get as much joy from anything else. It is a job, and I am getting used to the idea of valuing my “gift.” That feels good.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brooke permalink
    November 1, 2009 8:51 pm

    That settles it. We’re both quitting Bravissimo.

  2. Julia Bates permalink
    November 3, 2009 8:53 pm

    Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!! The adage that if you follow your bliss, the money will come is REAL! What would I have done if I believed that? HMMMMMMM. But I do get a kick out of classrooms that work, so I guess I did what I love. Julia

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