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21 Things You'll Only Get If You're A Singer

Some people blast rap music from their car radios. You blast opera.

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1. That casual hummed vocal sigh you do from time to time.

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You do it while walking down the street, waiting for your bus, grocery shopping — anytime, anywhere. Totally normal in conservatories and music buildings. Not so much in public spaces...

2. Randomly sticking your tongue out of your mouth to release tongue/jaw tension.

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Again, completely acceptable when amongst fellow vocalists. But when you do it in public? Nope.

3. Taking hydration very seriously.

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4. The look that you get when you ask for "water, no ice" at restaurants.

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5. The mild obsession you have with your humidifier.

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6. Owning one of these to be used on long-haul flights.

Or just any flight...
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Or just any flight...

7. Avoiding certain foods and drinks like the plague.

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It doesn't matter if you've tried these foods a hundred times and they haven't affected you. If you have a performance, you're not going anywhere near that sugar-filled, creamy, caffeinated latte.

8. Your irrational fear of sick people.

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"Please excuse me while I go sanitize my entire body."

9. Running just for the sake of strengthening your lungs.

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10. But doing yoga because it not only gives you better posture and physical awareness, but also makes you feel super zen.

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11. The pride and immense joy you felt when you first noticed that your rib cage was expanding.

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12. SCARVES.

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The best kind of present for absolutely every occasion.

13. Practice time is sacred.

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Phone off, door closed, goodbye world.

14. That moment when you do a perfect trill.

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15. Or when you finally get that phrase just right and you're simultaneously excited and terrified to try it again.

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"Can't I just leave it in that beautiful, perfect state forever??"

16. Your somewhat unconventional idea of a social gathering.

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Wine and singing parties are the best kinds of parties.

17. Impressing people with your language expertise.

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"Why, yes, I do know French, Italian, German, and a little bit of Russian and Czech."

(Even if you're actually just reciting lyrics from arias that you've sung.)

18. Some people blast rap music from their car radios. You blast opera.

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19. The reaction you get when you tell people you're an opera singer.

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20. When they say, "Aren't you worried about being a starving artist?"

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21. But hey, you couldn't imagine devoting your life to anything else.

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This music speaks to your soul. You feel humbled and honored to be able to revel in and share with the world its profound beauty.

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