It begins this week. On Friday, I have my first YAP audition of the year. This audition is for Ohio Light Opera. I am both anxious and excited about this audition. Anxious because of my last audition experience and because I have to have a monologue prepared, which is a new thing for me. Excited because I feel like I have a lot to offer and that this year will be the year my career starts. It has been a challenging last couple of weeks and I have realized some things that I didn't think were going to be such a problem when I started the audition process this year.
I have been denied auditions to a number of programs. To date I have been denied auditions for 56% of the applications I have submitted, with 31% of programs having not yet responded one way or the other. While I cannot say for certain what the reason is behind this, I believe it is due to a lack of experience. When I was younger I was told that there were two ways to start a career in this field:
1.) Go to grad school and make connections through the school's teachers.
2.) Go straight into YAP's out of undergrad and make your own connections.
In that I was tired of schooling after undergrad I choose to take route 2. The problem though, is that I also went through a technical change which led to a reclassification of my voice and three years without any stage credits. So now, I am going to have to travel a very narrow path this year it seems, which may end up including a pay-to-sing opportunity, rather than a true YAP. Ultimately I have faith in my process and in divine providence that I will be successful in attaining my goals.
My German is still progressing slowly but surely. I have adopted a more intensive reading approach based on Dr. Arguelles' method of focusing on texts in which the percentage of unknown words is kept low so that you can focus on them and really ingrain them in your brain faster. There is obvious upside and downside to this. The upside was already mentioned; it is easier to get words to stick in your memory because you only need to focus on maybe five words instead of 20 or 30. The downside is that it slows down the process considerably. At this point my goal is to add approximately 10 new words to my known words total. This may seem trivial but over the course of a month, that ends up being about 2,000 words if I am consistent with my five day work plan. This will put me right about the same amount of known words as I have in French, which gives me a pretty good handle on the language. I was hoping to be able to do more with German than I did with French since I had an extra four months, but with my wedding and auditions this year it just wasn't possible to spread myself out anymore.