The Talks: JOB is not a four letter word

Nov 24, 2020
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Finding your dream day job as an artist with Rebecca Collett

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“Are you a REAL artist if you have a J-O-B? 

Has the pandemic made you question the security of your career in the arts? Would you like to have a financial safety net, and still have the flexibility to make art? More importantly, how will you design a fulfilling life?”

Many of us have a vision and expectations around what it means to be an artist, and what that life should look like - young artist programs and grants, competition wins, gigs galore! What happens when that vision does not manifest itself, and we find ourselves wondering if we can truly ‘make it’ in our chosen path? Does it mean that we should abandon ship- stop making art and re-train? Not necessarily…

In this webinar, you will be invited to ‘re-imagine yourself as an artist.’ Rebecca Collett, a soprano/communications pro will guide you in discussion and reflection about what it means to be an artist. Through storytelling, discussion, and activities, she will help you to think critically about your own skills, and offer tools to leverage your gifts into a meaningful career that includes your work as an artist and in a more ‘traditional’ day job.”

This event was part of:

“The Talks” is a series about ‘the birds and the bees’ of creating opera. 

In these interactive conversations with artists and experts, we tackle the questions that come up when you’re trying to make your own art.

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