We've all heard the proverbial myth of the unknown artist who seemingly became an overnight success, haven't we!?
Over 25+ yrs of teaching voice, I've had the distinct honor and pleasure of assisting emerging artists in preparation for studio recordings, tours, industry executive meetings, television gigs, auditions, etc.. All ‘make or break’ opportunities. The students who were most successful were those who diligently prepared for months, sometimes even years, for that one defining moment… the moment when preparation meets opportunity! The moment when they created their own luck.
Since it is impossible to know when YOUR defining moment will arrive and opportunity may only knock once, preparation is key! Not to say, "You won’t have many opportunities" and "Every mistake is a lesson learned," but seizing every career-making opportunity is the goal - the ideal.
So how does a singer bust the 'lucky break' myth?
1) Start by getting your nerves out of the way. Place yourself in as many ‘pressurized situations’ as possible. Go to as many auditions as you can. Sing anywhere you can as much as you can. Record. Network. Set goals and deadlines. Then diligently work towards accomplishing those goals. The more you are under that kind of pressure, the likelier you will deliver when opportunity presents itself. I see the most progress and growth in my students when they are in high-stakes, high-pressure situations.
2) Further, it goes without saying, an unfailing belief in one's self is equally important when striving for success as an artist in the music business. Commanding attention while taking the stage or walking through an executive's door (not in a cocky kind of way but in a self-assured, comfortable-in-your-own-skin kind of way,) is a powerfultestament to the solid groundwork you've laid down as an artist. And if you don't truly believe in yourself, how do you expect to convince the decision makers!?
My recommendation moving forward is to seek-out opportunity. Take risks. Hone your craft. After all... Doesn't a lump of coal become a diamond when under pressure!?
The harder you work, the LUCKIER you get. Studying vocal technique develops immense faith in your ability to deliver and when you can trust whats comes out of you mouth, your confidence soars!