I very much appreciate the comments to my last post. The last poster mentioned that it is perhaps too disheartening in today's world for singers to get out there and try to make it.
1. People will never follow their dreams based on the practicalities of those dreams. They may adapt them based on the realities they encounter, but that doesn't change the need to follow the impulse.
2. As frustrating as I know this profession can be, and as limited as opportunities may be, keep in mind that there are more opera companies and more Young Artist programs today than there were 50 years ago. I don't think even with increased numbers of people trying, the odds are worse than they used to be.
Keep those comments coming!