I know it's been a while, and I have a backlog of things to say purely audition related, but I've come across a couple of situations lately, that move me to write on this now.
I know that many people reading this will say, "gee, I'd love to have the possibility of knowing when to say yes".
But the scenario I've run into in a couple different contexts is, generally, this:
A singer is offered a contract, either YAP or main stage, that either on their own counsel or others, he or she turns down, because:
a. doesn't pay enough
b. keeps them out of the mainstream
c. something better might come along while he or she is doing the particular job being offered.
While I understand that sometimes money is absolutely the bottom line, I would encourage you to consider the following before turning down an offer that may, on the surface, look underpowered.
a. Will the offer give you main stage experience and a role for your resume that will be remembered long after the perceived paltry paycheck is forgotten?
b. Will performing the small part of chorus role create a connection with the company or director that will lead to more lucrative and satisfying employment in the future?
c. Is turning down this offer in effect a bridge burning?
d. Does the person offering you employment have connections with other companies that can open doors that you probably cannot open yourself?
Please answer the above questions for yourself before you make any decision on a job offer, whatever its attraction at first sight.