Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?

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I make a confession in this video: I’m a huge fan of singing competition shows like American Idol. I watch them fanatically.

And one of the finalists this year caught my eye and ear with something he said that I think we can all use as we continue on our performer journey.

If you’ve ever doubted yourself, this is a video you want to watch.

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Raw YouTube Captioning

Hey there, it’s David H Lawrence the 17th, and I have a secret.
to share with you
I am a huge fan of shows like The Voice.
And America’s Got Talent.
And American Idol. In fact, I’m watching American Idol right now is I record this video.
And somebody came up during the show that they did this past week did a show where there were no performances. There was
no singing.
There was no coaching that was on the news for sort of like a meet the finalists kind of show.
And you got a chance to meet the top eight. Finalists.
Something came up during the show that I thought was really interesting and something that I think we can all use
ourselves. One of the finalists is a guy by the name of Wade.
And Wade has a really interesting sort of gravely.
Kind of Tom Waits kind of voice. I really am just excellent big huge hulking guy used to do death metal when he was a
teenager and it and I don’t know if it’s fried is Voice or did something to his voice but now he’s voice has this lovely
awesome texture to it. That’s so many.
voices could never have because
He’s just got he’s got this Wade voice and when they were interviewing him.
he said
when he was trying to decide whether or not to audition for American Idol
He asked the question. Why would I do that? Why would I go on American Idol? Why would I audition for something like that?
Why Wade?
And then he thought to himself.
Why not Wade?
Why not me?
You know why me instead when I ask why not me.
I can sing. I’m good. I know what I’m doing. I want to make records. I love music I live for this stuff.
Instead of asking why me?
Why not ask?
Why not me?
Right, and I think that actually plays a role in all of our Lives. I mean we sometimes have this real issue with
trying to determine whether or not
we are dreaming about what we’ve decided to do for a living or
We’re just faking it because we think we’re good enough to do it or you know, that whole imposter syndrome thing and then
the whole the whole why would anybody want to listen to me? What do I have to say or do that’s that’s worth listening to
And I would ask you I would urge you to do what way did and ask yourself. Why not me.
I love this stuff. I want to do this stuff.
Why not me?
Because I think the answer that you’re going to get is there is no reason why not.
You have every opportunity to be successful.
And you can really start to question yourself.
If you say what why me.
What would why would anybody want to let you know?
Ask yourself. Why not me.
when you’re faced with the question of
Why should I do this? Why should anybody hire me?
Why shouldn’t you put the name of anybody? Put their faith in me? Why would any client?
Want to book me give me the job.
Why not?
Look at you. Look how great you are.
Look how your learning look how you’re doing. Look how your your building your business everyday?
Why not you?
question to ask
I think he’s got a shot at winning. I I like Madison. I like Joshua.
They all have great stories. They all have great voices there now to the point where nobody has a marginal voice like top
8 at this point.
And by the time you see this it might be less.
But I really enjoy watching you and I and I just love that this sort of popped up in my I got to share this with the
people that watch the videos everyday.
What what about you? What kind of questions do you ask yourself? Do you ever ask yourself those doubtful questions like
why me?
when you do
How does it make you feel?
Wouldn’t you like to feel better?
And feel and why not me?
Why not me let me know in the comments below if you’re watching this video anywhere, but on the go to pop over
there leave your comments there. We keep everything nice and civil there.
If you’d like to you know, who subscribe to my YouTube channel, go ahead and click on my head there if you see my head
there, and if you don’t see my head there look for a subscribe button somewhere below this video. If you want to see the
latest video I’ve done in this series go ahead and click on that frame and YouTube will play it for you. I’m David H. Lawrence XVII. Thank you so much for watching and I will talk to you tomorrow..

6 Responses to Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?

  1. Leslie Ligon May 1, 2019 at 6:20 am #

    Wowsers, this one spoke to me, David! Just last night I wrote, “Why would anyone want my voice over the thousands of other good voices out there,” to a friend …

    This will be my new daily (?!) mantra during auditions.

  2. Petrea Burchard May 1, 2019 at 7:33 am #

    Thank you, yes I ask. If I’m lucky, self-esteem answers.

  3. Chris Buckner May 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    Like The War of Art spot, this video speaks to me, as I’m sure it does to others. Feeling like I wasn’t ready for on-camera work is similar to the idea of “Why me?” Why was I the one getting the part? Why was I the one filming scenes for a TV show? Why me, when so many others had so much more experience and training? As my confidence slowly grew during shooting, I slowly shifted from “Why me?” to “I’m doing it. I’m really doing it!” In other words, “Why not me?” Thanks for the video David.

  4. Jay May 1, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

    I loved this part:

    “Look at you. Look at how great you are.”

    Thank you for this David!

  5. Ilona May 1, 2019 at 9:44 pm #

    Hi David:) Many thanks!

  6. Kathleen Boddington May 3, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    Wonderful!! This really spoke to me. I love it. Thank you!

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