Last year, we talked about how to prepare for your next competition/convention/conference (AKA your CCC!). If you missed it, read it here.
In the article, we talked about the four most essential steps to making your CCC a success. The steps were:
Following these four steps ensures that you are happy with your participation at your CCC, no matter what the outcome of it. You may not be able control the judges or recruiter’s opinions, but you do have complete control over your preparation.
If you have already gone to a CCC and you are considering going again, it is important to determine if it would be a good decision to attend a second time. To determine if it is the right choice, now is a great time to pull out your pros/cons list! Your list might include cost, time spent, connections made, opportunities presented. If you decide to go a second time, it’s important that you will take something away from the experience, just as you did the first time.
Now that you have decided to go to your CCC, this year, we’d like to add some steps to your preparation list! These further steps ensure that all of your practical items for your trip are ready.
If you are able to speak with your judges after a competition, it is the perfect opportunity to take notes. I once did this at a competition after the judges offered feedback to every contestant. I was the only one who brought a notebook to take notes, and they noticed. They gave me twice as much feedback because they saw that I was truly invested in what they had to say.
Likewise, presenters at a conference have put in a ton of time, sometimes tens of hours, into preparing their presentations. They are incredibly knowledgeable in their fields. You will take much more away from a presentation if you take notes. You can go back to your notes months later and relearn what you’d forgotten. Not to mention, you can write down your questions during a presentation so that you don’t forget them.
Utilizing these three extra steps will help you to make the absolute most out of your CCC. If you are taking time away from work or money out of your savings account, you want to make sure it is worth it. You have the power to make the experience worth it. You also have the ability to waste the opportunities presented at your CCC if you show up unprepared. As my mama said, much better to be overprepared than underprepared!
Tell us in the comments, what is your best advice for going into a CCC? Do you have a favorite CCC to attend? What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at a CCC?
Masterclass "Sing in German!" by GVAI's director Christine Menschner
Saturday, May 26th 2018, 2pm., Boston Sheraton Hotel
Lacking feedback from native speakers, many singers believe they know how to sing in German, but recognizing the appropriate degree of openness of vowels and umlauts can be challenging. Not to mention the ach and ich- sounds and other German consonants! Learn to distinguish the different sounds and get real hands-on--or better yet ears-on--experience. Bring your German art song or aria and Christine Menschner, director of the German Vocal Arts Institute (GVAI) in Seattle, will help you to bring your text to life.
Meet Christine at the German Vocal Arts Institute exhibit and sing in her class.
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Most blog posts from June 2017 - June 2018 were written by GVAI's blogger Anikka Abbott who has just started her journalism studies. We already miss her. Learn more about her here or connect with her on Facebook.
Hello, I am Christine, the director of GVAI, a passionate singer, German diction, voice and performance coach. I love music, singing and dancing. Life is an exciting journey and I invite you to walk with me....