For a year that seemed to drag on and on and on, can you believe there are just 77 days left in 2020?
With that kind of timeline, it’s easy to say:
- There’s no point in starting something new now (the music project you’ve been wanting to dive into for months)
- I’ll wait until the new year to make any Big Changes (voice lessons and band practice can wait)
- There’s not enough time to make any real progress (so why start vocalizing now?)
The Broadway community got a big update this week as well, extending the Broadway shut down until May 30, 2021.
In a lesson with my student Jake this week- he’s in the Broadway cast of MEAN GIRLS- he shared something pretty insightful.
He said, “At the start of quarantine in March, every day was completely unknown- will we go back to the show in April? Summer? Labor Day? This most recent announcement, while it’s completely sad to think of 8 more months without theatre in New York, gives me a more concrete timeline. OK, I have at least eight months to do something different, to figure out how I’m going to fill my time.”
Something about a definite length of time makes it easier for us to plan for, obviously!
So what if you crushed the last 77 days of the year, tackling goals you just “haven’t had time for” yet? Or pursued another skill or talent that can supplement your income in the future, knowing that Broadway won’t be back until mid-2021?
Here’s a few ideas to make the most out of the next 77 days:
- Make a list of roles/shows you want to play in the future. In lessons or on your own- learn every piece of music that character sings!
- Revamp your audition book with material that is *actually right* for the kinds of roles and shows you want to be seen for.
- Now that you love your audition cuts- self-tape each and every song in your book! Compile a library of your audition material that you can send out to casting directors when auditioning resumes (and I guarantee much of it to be virtual!).
- Make demo recordings of the songs you’ve written this year and be brave enough to share them with a few trusted friends for feedback.
- Reach out to the fellow songwriter you’ve always wanted to collaborate with.
- Set up a recurring time on your calendar (set an alarm!) to vocalize for 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Just do it! And be amazed at how your range and stamina improves.
- Are you a voice teacher? Request to observe other voice teachers teach. Book an interactive lesson where you and another co-teach a tricky student of yours that you’d love another opinion on.