Resources for Makin' It On Your Own Terms
Information and Inspiration from artists and thinkers inside and outside the Opera world.
What is this?
While creating the first season of Makin' It in Opera, I kept seeing how this whole conversation is already in full swing - and we are all more than invited to join.
This is a place to start.
A sort of compendium of what I've found, and I know it's not nearly close to everything (see request for additions below!).
This is for people ready to get out of the industry and start to forge their own path - in their life and their art.
Links to articles, podcasts, and resources to support that journey of forging your own path.
Links to articles, podcasts, and resources to support those wishing to shape opera.
How to use:
Take a look around!
If you have something you would like to add, please write firstname.lastname@example.org with the info for each of the categories and any additional information you feel is important.
Self-promo is allowed; we only ask you remember your WHY.
If it is to serve other artists in our field so they can find their own artistic voice and share it with the world, than it is welcome here!
For example: While extremely important, this is not a place to offer voice lessons or audition coaching, UNLESS there is a specific emphasis on empowerment.
However, life and business coaching would be welcome.
(WEBSITE, ARTICLE, FB GROUP, IG ETC)
(HOW IT HELPS)
|INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OPERA|
(IF OUTSIDE OPERA, THEN FROM WHERE?)
(ANY ADDITIONAL INFO)
|Org / Website: Artists U||www.artistsu.org||A comprehensive resource for all things artists empowerment.|
Including trainings and literature on fundraising,
How to build a sustainable life as an artist,
How to balance parenting and creating art.
A collectivist, collaborative approach to all work.
Article: Yes-And Asking ourselves and eachother
questions about creation, priviledge, power, and responsibility
|List of questions to be mindful of when creating stories, as well|
as a primer on our responsibility as storytellers.
|Website / IG: Meisner in Music||http://www.meisnerinmusic.com/|
|Integrating acting and singing through trauma-informed practice.||Theater / Classical Singing Combination|
|Org/ Website / IG: Black Opera Alliance|
|Fighting for equity in opera.|
Created Pledge for Racial Equity and Systemic Change in Opera.
Visit their GoFundMe to make a tax-deductible contribution that
goes towards providing Black singers with the resources they
need to move through the financial barriers in the industry.
|Blog / Org / IG: Black Women in Opera||https://www.blackwomeninopera.com|
|Amplifying the voices of Black Women in Opera|
Hosts the Black Women in Opera Fest (Nov 20, 2021) whose
purpose is to bring together the opera community to discuss
the special needs of marginalized opera singers and create
community filled with joy, information, and hope.
|Org/ Website / IG: Asian Opera Alliance||https://www.asianoperaalliance.com|
|A diverse group of Asian-identified industry professionals, |
who together uplift one another & advocate for greater Asian
representation in opera.
|Org / Website / IG: United in Opera||@unitedinopera|
Resource Sharing. Mission: to inspire creativity, provide vital resources,
and to mentor musicians so that they may have an impact on the opera world.
|SINGTANK is a Singer-led initiative of Victory Hall Opera that seeks to be a collective voice for professional opera singers, an estuary of new ideas and fresh thinking about opera. A think tank that can infuse our industry with new language, research & data, actionable steps to structural reform, as well as artistic innovation.||Opera|
|Podcast / IG: Thrilled to Announce||@thrilledtoannounceee|
Charlotte Jackson and Perri di Christina create a leftist dreamspace
for opera singers that questions the existing structures of the opera
industry with delightful irreverence.
|Podcast / IG / YouTube: Soprano on the Verge |
(podcast is Convo on the Verge)
Ema Katrovas interviews independent artists inside and outside the
opera industry about how they make their art and their perspective
on how the art/opera industry is currently set up, and how it needs
|FB / Youtube: Kiki Konversataions|
|Soprano Karen Slack holds live interviews every Thursday at 8pm |
EST on her Youtube and FB with luminaries in the opera industry.
|FB Group: Empowered Singers Group|
A group by singers for singers dedicated to taking back our power
over the direction our career takes and the direction the opera industry
takes. Constructive, nurturing, supportive conversations facilitated
by founder Dana Lynne Varga, a singer and career coach.
|FB Group: The Marketable Musician Group|
A group built around conversations to revolutionize different facets
of the music industry and grow the musician mindset to include
entrepreneurship, camaraderie, and a new understanding of value.
Facilitated by founder and singer, Gilad Paz.