ask jenny > A girl scared to pursue her dream

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.

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelsie G.

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!

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny