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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Hope this helps!
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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.
Thank you, yes I ask. If I’m lucky, self-esteem answers.
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.
I loved this part:
“Look at you. Look at how great you are.”
Thank you for this David!
Hi David:) Many thanks!
Wonderful!! This really spoke to me. I love it. Thank you!