Hello Jennifer, I am so glad i found your blog because i really need some advice from a true Opera singer. I am 17 years old just about to graduate in 2015 and have no idea what i should do with my future. I have done tons of research and everyone says the operatic career is very difficult and challenging to get into, and im scared i might not make it. I LOVE TO SING classical music and many people have said i sing well and i only began to believe this recently when i received a free voice lesson from a college professor that said he really liked my voice (that was one of the best things that ever happened to me). I never thought i could make it as an opera singer so i kept my dreams to myself and just said ill major in business, but now i have decided to pursue my dreams (even though they scare me half to death) I just need some advice on how to start off and what to do. I don't have any money to my name and i know college costs a whole bunch of money, but i am searching for financial aid and if i have to get loans i will, and pay them off as i get older.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME! You are truly amazing. Not that im a stalker, but i looked you up and heard how wonderful you are.Kelsie-FL
THe good news is that you don't have to decide right now whether or not to pursue your dream. You can major in music and still go into business later - music majors are usually very well rounded and diligent workers and can find a place in the work force if they decide not to pursue music. I advise you to try to find a school that is inexpensive (like a state school) and try to go for scholarships wherever you apply. You don't want to burden yourself with a lot of debt because it's very hard to pay it off even if you are a successful opera singer! The other thing is, you don't have to major in voice to become an opera singer - you can major in whatever you want to and just take voice lessons and take classes in the music department wherever you go to college. There is a very good program at Florida State University if you are nearby, you could take a lesson with one of the teachers and they can assess whether or not they think you would be a good fit for their program. The main thing is not to spend a huge amount of money on college, and know that you can pursue your dream whatever options are open to you. Best of luck!
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