I am a young (woman) musician embarking on a career in music performance. So much of the job, particularly for women, involves looking sexy, getting dressed to the nines (including heels, makeup and hair), and pleasing the crowd with your visual performance as well as your music.
While I’m pretty optimistic about my musical ability, I am not (and never have been) a makeup-wearing, hair-spraying, short skirt-wearing seductress. My personal style might be described as “hipster librarian,” and I am also an introverted person who is dealing with quite a bit of social and career anxiety (making me even less inclined to “put on a show”).
Those of you in similar positions, how do you conform to the industry expectations of how you should look and act without making yourself uncomfortable? How do you meet the demands of your career while still staying true to yourself? -Rose