Success As A Crossover Artist

Success As A Crossover Artist

Jacqueline Dark
Melbourne, Australia

Success As A Crossover Artist

Question:

After having completed my Bachelor of Music I am now faced with the challenge of making a career from singing. I am passionate about a variety of styles including Opera, Musical Theatre and Art Song. It is a highly competitive industry and I don't want to limit myself to pursuing a career as just an opera singer, or just a musical theatre artist. As someone who has successfully built a career as such a versatile performer, what advice do you have on being a successful crossover artist?

Answer:

Firstly, let me say that this is a brilliant attitude! There’s been a lot of chat recently in the industry about how nobody can just sit back and rely on being given regular opera or music theatre work – you have to be adaptable and versatile and create your own opportunities. I find this incredibly exciting, and it’s opened so many new doors for me, so you’re in a perfect mindspace to begin an exciting career! I think the secret in every genre is to choose roles that suit you. It’s brilliant to stretch yourself, but know your limits, and don’t agree to perform something (even if you LOVE it) that’s just not right for you or your voice. I started in music theatre, so have never felt the ‘great divide’ between musicals and opera, and love doing both. I think the best starting point is to look at every role in terms of what you can bring to it and how suitable it is for your voice and temperament. I would also mention that if you perform with a microphone for a while, don’t start to rely on it and alter your technique – it’s easy to get lazy when you have some ‘electrical assistance’ and you’ll regret it when you flip back into singing opera without mikes.