Earlier today, someone on the professional voice teachers group I’m a part of asked a question that we all face at some point or another, the gist of which was how to handle a conversation with a student regarding physical traits (in this case it was weight) that may keep them from being cast in particular types of roles in musical theater. The question was maybe not phrased as carefully as it could have been, but it is a real issue we can’t expect to never have to talk about, and worthy of discussion. Unfortunately, somewhere between the time that I saw the question and finished typing up my response, the teacher was pretty much run out of town for asking it, and the topic was deleted.
Honestly, though, this really *is* a thing that we face as teachers. The conflict between the so-called “reality” of the business and the narrowness and undesirability of that reality is not going to just disappear because we think it should (it should). So it needs to be something that we can talk about if a student asks us. Here was *my* response that I wish I could have posted to the teacher who asked it (I don’t remember the teacher’s name, or I’d send a private message), because I think it actually could help!