Why we post what we do
While our primary goal is always to help classical vocal pros grow and maintain long-term performing careers, there are many ways to craft that life, and we take a holistic approach to the jobs we add to our websites. With less than 3% of active and qualified performers making a living solely with performance, we recognize that the “Patchwork Life” is a reality for most of our members, and many of them will perform part-time, but will do that for decades. As a result, we have a carefully developed protocol for not only connecting and building relationships with SoCal presenters, congregations and other arts organizations, but we also execute an almost-daily “Trawl” for other listings posted on the internet, always endeavoring to include the original link in these posted listings, so you can see where they came from and the current status of those searches. And of course, we accept listings from members as well as a wide variety of hirers, including performers looking for subs, and those listings may come to us through a variety of means.
In regard to style, while our screening process is designed to verify that our members are fully trained, skilled and experienced so they can handle standard classical vocal situations, our membership actually includes a wide variety of genres and skills, so we do post things that veer away from the classical realm from time to time, based on our understanding on who's "out there" and might be able to handle the gig. All of this leaves our content very diverse in some ways, but very teaching-heavy in others. This is a reflection of the real market, and and ongoing effort to simply keep our members moving in any way possible.
Less-frequent listing types
There are some types of jobs that are highly valued and sought-after by our members that you won’t see often, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t helping to fill them. Jobs like recording sessions, large-org chorus, principal roles, and concert solos do appear here from time to time, but are far more likely to be filled through strict audition protocols, by referral, or through networking and means other than an online listing. Their approach may be due to personal preference, timeline, or organizational policy. So we often work with organizations that work in these other ways, and are happy to help them source talent by whatever method that makes them most comfortable.
Your bottom line
While the List is very useful, no website will be the sole path to a \ full-time career. Here are some recommendations to get the most out of your membership:
As always, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Feedback helps us make the List better, and questions can actually help clear obstacles. You are not in this alone.