Just checking in with some links and ideas for self-care as we all try to handle conflicting reports, increased shut-downs, self-isolation, and social-distancing in order to avoid the Coronavirus.
The VocalMusician.com Network page continues to be updated with audition notices. It would be a good idea to try to contact casting companies and inquire about audition cancellations/postponements or video submission options to in-person auditions. The Performances page has been re-arranged so that TV/Cable listings appear just under CD Releases while bars/restaurants are limiting service to pickup/delivery, and we are all urged to stay home and practice social-distancing.
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists is an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a podcast called “Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction.”
Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project suggests these four critical things to care for self during these uncertain times:
- Sleep: To get eight hours of sleep now is enormously positive for your immune system and psychology;
- Intermittently rest during the day. Take time to renew;
- Move: Physically move, do exercise;
- Connect: Find ways, even in this social-isolation period, to stay connected to people you love and who love you.
Consider doing vocal lessons, rehearsals, collaborations remotely. Utilize videoconference platforms like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.
Trudie Styler (aka Mrs. Sting) has posted a great suggestion that, if/when concerts/shows are cancelled, that ticket buyers consider donating the ticket prices to the theater/concert venue instead of requesting refunds. She wrote, “This is the kind of thing that kills arts organizations. Thousands of theatre professionals’ jobs and health care are at stake.”
Keep singing!!! Continue taking remedies that you know work for YOU! Don’t forget to wash your hands & use hand sanitizer; don’t touch your face with unwashed/unsanitized hands; practice social-distancing (especially from elders if you are experiencing a cold/flu); use disinfectant sprays & wipes in your home/office. SING ON!!! and Don’t forget to breathe…