The Contrast

The Contrast
Lift Big, Sing Big, Look Great Doing It.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Home Turf

It's the morning of an audition in which I must travel out of state. I have a love hate relationship with these kinds of auditions. I've had many auditions like this in the past few years, and they all have their ups and downs. There are goods, bads, pros, cons, all of that nonsense.

I've personally grown to love driving and find pleasure with all of the alone time that comes with it. Catching up on podcasts, singing along with some of my favorite songs, and getting away from the usual scenery. Different states have different eats, which is always nice. It gives me an excuse to actually utilize my flexible dieting wizardry and not eat the same shit I always do. I'm personally looking forward to dominating some more In-N-Out Burger this evening.

But you should not just travel for experience or pleasure. If you're going to invest time and money into an audition, it's with the belief that you're going to sing well, maybe even land a part/gig!

Although, you must also be aware of the chances of such a victory. Whenever you step out of your home turf, your chances of victory decrease. There is a psychological component that comes with trying to win outside the comfort of your own kingdom. It's very similar to what it takes to dethrone the incumbent!


*The following are theories and theories alone. Nobody has proven this - here go my thoughts*

We are creatures of comfort. We love knowing what is the "right" decision. It's hard not to go with the fellow you know can deliver, despite maybe not being the "perfect choice." (Whatever that means.) What if the director, conductor, and/or other administrative staff made the call to hire you and you turn out to be WAY wrong for the project? They are left with egg on their face. It's a gamble, and they have to take these kinds of things into consideration. When casting out of the comfort of home, it feels nice to continue with the feeling of comfort. Go with the "sure thing." At least that's my interpretation of the data.

When directors cast out of New York, they're out of their element as well. They are in that same little distant room away from their home. They strolled into that place with a suitcase with a computer to keep notes on. They are more than apt to take chances, because they themselves have taken a chance. To test the waters on other shores to see what kind of fish hop around their ponds.

It's much different for the fish to get himself a portable tank to glide across land to be able to present his best fin forward. All the while gasping for a comfortable breath, wondering where a fellow with gills can get some decent grub now that the hand that tips the flecks of food on the water surface isn't around.

Sometimes the best you can hope for is making a very good impression. Whether that makes financial sense is up to the individual. Be aware of the odds, hope that the dice fall in your favor, and sing the hell out of your audition.

Now, there have been plenty of people who have done JUST that. Made a huge trip out of town and returned with gold dangling around their neck. A brutal victory. Is it the exception that proves the rule? Perhaps. Is it a fluke, predestination, or perhaps the meddling of politics? I don't know. And frankly, I don't care. I'll focus on the circumstances I can present and focus on delivering the goods.

Until Next Time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.

The Opera Bro

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