The Contrast

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Right now I'm sitting in an orchestral rehearsal for The New Moon. I figured with some downtime I'd let this movie magic music be my muse.

I'm not making an extraordinary amount of money doing this show or this project. But every glorious round tone I hear produced from this full orchestra is worth literally thousands to me.

How Much is your time worth to you?

My time is worth a great deal to me. But, I don't consider all worth to be monetary. And frankly neither should you. The saying "You can't take it with you" comes to mind.

The same goes for how you spend your money. You can either spend money on something material, a returning investment, a liability (like a car or house),  or, perhaps the most important, an experience.

At the end of your life you can have money to leave to your family, friends, loved ones, etc. But if you don't have experiences with any of them, they'll only remember your bank account.

A singer has only so many viable years. Some more than others. At the end you don't want to think "I'm glad I did all of the highest paying gigs." More than likely you won't remember the paychecks. You'll remember the people, the characters, the sights and sounds, the way it felt to wear that hat, that coat, and the smell of the local cuisine as it fills your apartment through your open window. You'll remember the commute, the people that talked to you in line at 7-11, that time you forgot your script at home and surprised yourself with how much of the show you had memorized as you snuck peeks at your colleagues scores and librettos.

Don't get me wrong, I love money, and you can't pay rent in experiences, but when thinking about projects, the experience should be a big factor.

Until Next time,

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

The Opera Bro

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