This morning, he posted a response from a reader who is a classical vocalist - a professional baroque countertenor, to be precise - , but who doesn’t earn quite enough from his considerable vocal talents to keep body and soul together.
“Anonymous Reader-Vocalist” observed that, while it’s great actually working in the arts, “ …it's really hard breaking through the culture here where kicking a ball accurately is worth millions of dollars whereas perfect sight-reading, constant vocal practice, and good knowledge of period performance and ornamentation is considered a fun hobby for just about anyone.”
Could it be that genealogists (and others who research, write, teach and lecture for pay in the family history/genealogy field) are, in the public’s mind’s eye, a lot like professional baroque countertenors? After all, it’s so much fun, why would anyone actually expect to be paid?
The series has been a great read and is definitely worth a look, especially if you’re not familiar with the daily work of Indologists, master herbalists, morticians and dating coaches.
Enjoy the Labor Day weekend, workers!