Whether you’re a singer, a singer-songwriter, a singing musician or performer you need nurturing and nourishment to feed and fuel for creative spirit.
Hopefully, your audience will provide the nutrients you need to stay positive, focused, and passionate as you grow and share your gifts.
However, there will be times when you feel malnourished, uninspired, or in a rut. There will be times when the audience doesn’t connect with you for a number of reasons, some beyond your control. You will face frustrations along the way such as problems with accommodations on the road or unexpected issues with a venue. You may not be under the weather, fatigued, irritated, or others on stage or in your studio session or rehearsal may be not be as fully committed or engaged as you.
Minimize The Downturn
All of these issues and incidents can bring you down or throw you off of your game. But you can minimize their negative impact by turning those needs to please your audience to giving your best. Granted, that sounds like an obvious somewhat sappy cliché. But, let’s take a closer look at what tends to happen that brings you down. The spiraling downward comes when you start asking things like: what’s their problem? What’s wrong with that guy? Then your focus is skewed because it’s no longer rooted in your intention or motivation for each song you sing.
Intention + Commitment
When you are focused on telling the story of a song and relate the feelings that it stirs, you are less likely to be distracted or thrown off. Your level of commitment to preparation through warming up will keep you confident and comfortable vocally. This allows you to tap the rich resources in your voice technically so that you can fully engage your interpretive skills to deliver the song.
If someone onstage or in the studio is having an off night, you must still stay committed to your reasons for telling a story and moving an audience by delivering the message in each song. When your focus shifts to what is wrong, the story and the feelings that drive the song will most likely be compromised and the performance will suffer even more.
That’s not to say there won’t be times when something is off. If there is a clear snafu or misstep or sour note, make light of it, apologize, regroup, forgive yourself, forgive others that have contributed to the mishap, and start over. If you dwell on it, and are not forgiving, it will only get worse.
Storyteller + Messenger
In any performance situation as a singer you are a communicator first – you tell the story and deliver the message one song at a time. If there are technical glitches or an under-appreciative audience, shift your focus to shoring up the confidence and showcasing the gifts of those that support you. Encourage those that support you while performing by staying focused, open, positive, and forgiving. You want to keep yourself motivated by fully committing to being well-rehearsed, warmed-up, and ready to work and play for each session, lesson, rehearsal, or performance.
Use distractions, being under the weather, and technical challenges to help you focus and deliver the message of each song in your set.
Tape SingingSuccess.tv Resources
Use the forums at SingingSuccess.tv to stay positively focused and motivated to persevere as you pursue your career by sharing ideas for working through tough times, plateaus, dry spells when the gigs aren’t happening.
Take a Skype lesson with a Brett Manning associate that is new to you. This can give you a fresh perspective on Brett’s techniques and will give you additional feedback on coordinations and exercises from someone that knows Brett’s methods and teaching but is not familiar with your voice.
By occasionally mixing things up with your sessions, it will keep you on your toes creatively and experientially as you continue your commitment to developing your full vocal potential.
After The Fact
When you aren’t feeling well or things are going on that are emotionally troubling or distracting, as a performer you owe it to yourself and others you impact to play through. By staying committed you are strengthened in that process. Then, take time to examine the incident or circumstances afterward. Evaluate the situation to determine what went wrong and to cite what preventive measure can be taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Acknowledge any action that should have been taken or adjustment that should have been made that was neglected.
Let the relationship you establish with a Brett Manning trained vocal coach factor into helping you become more proficient, proactive, and focused in your commitment to your singing success. Use their expertise to help you make wiser choices.
Use the forums at SingingSucces.tv for tips on staying positive by developing friendships and learning from the successes and challenges shared by others.
View the video clips from Brett Manning, Shelby Rollins, Jesse Nemitz, Chris Keller, Leigh Nash and others to reinforce your training and progress.
Commit To Encouraging Others
One of the best rules to follow for staying positive and committed to your singing success is to make the commitment to encourage others. If you are having a bad day but know you have to rehearse, let your commitment to focus be driven by your desire to make others feel better about their gifts. If you’re down or feel a bit off, but you have a lesson with Brett or one of his associates, come as you are. Then, honor their commitment to you by keeping yours. Let them know you’re having a rough day, and then work together to push through it. Make a daily commitment to have an attitude of gratitude as you sharing a plate full of grateful by living through forgiving. That level of commitment will help you effectively tell the story and deliver each message that affirms your singing success.