A fish out of water…

Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re just thinking to yourself over and over again, “What the heck am I doing here?” Yeah, well, I had one of those moments tonight. I had opera workshop rehearsal for a scene I’m doing, and my Italian got picked apart. My recitative style got picked apart. It was frustrating. Meanwhile, these other people are singing, and they’re older than me and they’ve all had much more experience with scenes and whatnot and I’m thinking, “I don’t belong here. Why am I here with these pros?” It’s an awful feeling – being a fish out of water. But the conductor pulled me aside afterwards and said, “It will be good Nicole. The music will be good.” I told him that I didn’t have much experience with recitative and that my Italian is much Mennonite-ized (which he laughed at) and he told me just to practice, say the Italian over and over again and I’d get it. That made me feel better. I’m definitely going to get back into the water…

Another funny story. A former high school teacher of mine asked my still high school-going sister what I was doing this year. She told him I was in Vancouver and was studying voice, and that I had convocated from the UR in June. He then asked her, “And then what’s she going to do?” Michelle said, “Sing, duh.” I thought that was a great response. Yes, I’ll have studied singing for 6 years post-high school, and I’m going to drop it all to become…a mechanic. I know other people have asked the question, and it’s a valid one. But it’s like any other career – if you studying nursing, chances are you’re going to become a nurse. But my Grade 3 teacher Mrs. Knoll did say to me during the summer, “You know Nicole, you are going to have to get a job one of these days.” Ah, but Mrs. Knoll, that’s the purpose of all of this training. To get a job. A good one. A job on a huge stage singing in front of thousands of people. Besides, I don’t think I’d be a very good mechanic.

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1 comment
  1. Anonymous said:

    I think you’d make a great mechanic! You know..working with tools and such….no one can screw drive like you 😉 I’m so bad…..

    teehee Miss you!

    Tara

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