We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarabeth Belón and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarabeth, what do you attribute your success to?
As a musician, the most important factor behind my success is financial stability, growth, and happiness.. It is difficult to keep a constant flow of reliable income. Whether I find financial stability through private teaching or through surplus of gigs, I believe that I am successful in my field when I am not feeling tight on money. Besides finances, I find it very important that I continue to grow as an artist. That I continue to climb that figurative ladder. Whether that means that I have conquered a new role or that I had the opportunity to sing for a new opera company, success mean that I am moving forward. When finances and artistic growth are aligned, happiness is a byproduct.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an opera singer. When in college, they warn you about how difficult it is to ‘make it’ in the opera world, but as a student it is easy to believe that you will be one of the lucky ones to ‘make it’. Of course, reality sinks in when you start to audition for all the big companies with no success. I’ve learned and continue to learn to create me own ‘made it’ scenario. Maybe I won’t be singing at the Metropolitan Opera House as soloist, maybe I will? Either way, I have to create mini goals along my journey to create my success, so that I don’t feel down when I get the rejection letters and I keep my head up and keep trying. I have to audition for everything I can in hopes that a company will take a chance on me. And even when a whole bunch of auditions lead to a dead end, I must still continue to work on my craft.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start out the day by going on a hike at the Eaton Canyon Natural Area. There is a beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail! You wouldn’t even believe that you are still in LA County. Then we would have lunch at Sqirl, a tiny cafe in Silver Lake. After lunch we would visit the Last Bookstore in downtown LA. For dinner, we would go to Bestia at the Arts District. Best Italian food!!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My love from singing grew when I was a kid and singing in choirs at school. I want to thank Lisa Friedrichs at Rancho Bernardo High School for creating a high caliber choir no matter what that talent pool may have been that year. Later on in life I was lucky enough to find wonderful voice teachers and vocal coaches that continue to push and believe in me. I am grateful for Enrique Toral, Elizabeth Hynes, and Cathy Miller for passing on their knowledge of the voice and music and for always being a positive influence on the lives of their students.
Photographer: Gary Payne, Evan Guston, Martha Benedict