Me in front of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, DE, circa June 2006
As I recall the origins of my 3 Year Plan, I can’t forget about my upcoming plans, which consist of……
I actually don’t have anything set in stone as of yet. It’s a 3 year plan remember? =)
One thing which is really weighing on my mind is that I want to get back out there and explore the world. Since getting a passport and going to the Philippines in 2000, I’m 3 for 7 in visiting contintents: Asia (Philippines), South America (Brazil), and Europe (Germany, Czech Rebublic, France, England, Bulgaria, Turkey). I’ve also been to Mexico and Cuba, not to mention 24 + 1 District of the US states.
Music is the enabler of most of these trips. Yeah, I could go visit these countries on just to be a tourist, and I have done that (the Philippines) but for people like me -people with lots of ideas, but basically just daydreamers – music is what lit the fire under me to actually go through with the plans.
I’d toyed with the idea of maybe studying abroad during high school. Never happened. Then I thought I’d try and backpack Europe. Never Happened. Every time I had a thought about going abroad, I never acted on it. I’m not saying that I never went anywhere though. I used my flight benefits with FedEx and either flew at Interline, aka airline industry worker, rates which were an average of 70% off the standard fare (although it was standby/space available) or else I would jumpseat for free on the actual FedEx planes themselves (ever see the movie “Cast Away“? Tom Hanks is jumpseating on a plane). Using these discounts I was able to fly to Hawaii (numerous times), Atlanta and Washington D.C., not to mention the numerous $25 flights to LA and San Diego.
It’s been over 7 years since I’ve gone anywhere international, and even though my passport expired in 2010, I’ve yet to renew it. However, I still yearn to go back and see different cities/countries and even some of the ones I’ve already visited.
An audition trip to Europe is something that’s been brewing up inside my brain ever since I took my epic 48-day trip in 2006:
- London, UK
- Sofiya, Bulgaria
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Berlin/Freiberg/Trossingen, Germany
- NIce/Paris/Aix-en-Provence/Rouen/Marseille, France
Germany has something like 80+ state run opera houses, where they’ll hire out singers for the year in contracted agreement known as a Fest Contract. You’re thinking, state run operas houses? When can I start? Ah! Not so fast. First and foremost: FLUENT GERMAN. Not only speaking but I need to be able to read and write too. Why? Because I need to send out my own cover letters to agents and houses, and they need to be in German. Then, I need to be able to carry on thoughtful, clear conversations in German too (my friend, Benji von Reiche, though born of German parents and fluent in Deutsch, was still questioned by the house agents who were dubious of his fluency because he lived in the U.S.) So yeah, I need to start there. And then it gets fun. Finding a place of residence to set up base camp. Getting my passport/visas. Sending those aforementioned cover letters out. Buying plane/rail tickets. Putting together the resume package.
This takes work, and very meticulous and well thought out planning, which, if I indeed am going to take this route, I need to get a move on already!
I’ll of course keep you posted in the Euro Audition Trip developments. Until then, please enjoy these pics from that 2006 trip!