As we all know, the life of a professional artist isn’t always an easy one, and building a career in NYC can be especially challenging. Nevertheless, there are myriad pathways and avenues to having a fulfilling and joyous artistic career as a professional singer. All QVL members have built and enjoyed successful careers, working both in NYC and outside of it, and they have all done so in their own way. This panel will explore the state of the field, offering concrete advice, encouragement, and inspiration for young artists. Possible topics that will be discussed include: options for training and education, pre-professional opportunities, different working models (freelance vs. salaried employee) and forms (opera, vocal ensemble, etc.), artistic entrepreneurship and forging your own path, and specific considerations for classical singers of color.