By Matt Cherry, CNN
(CNN) - "Practice, practice, practice." That's the punchline to the classic joke in which a tourist asks a New Yorker, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" It's also the only way an aspiring young opera singer pursues his or her ultimate job. Of course, the talent and training are requisite, but transitioning from student to professional is tough. There are few Pavarottis, commanding million dollar concert fees and living the luxe life.
Most opera singers in fact work freelance: hired and fired at will. Soprano Angela Kloc who played the role of the peasant girl, "Zerlina," in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, in March, says:
[0:49] "You work your butt off ! Honestly, its a lot of work, it's dedication, its getting to the level where you sort of live eat and breathe music 24 hours a day."