You know those bad dreams where you have to take a test for a class that you didn’t even know you were enrolled in?! Or the ones where you are performing on stage and don’t know the words…and also don’t have clothes on!?
Yeah, the time I sang for Taylor Swift’s vocal coach felt a lot like THAT.
But let’s back up here, there’s one thing I need you to know about me before we continue – I am NOT a singer and did NOT move to Nashville to become a singer. I was convinced I was essentially tone deaf. But I did find the irony of moving myself to Music City with my background in business analysis.
But as Nashville would have it, from showing up to the same coffee shop every – single – day (best way to make friends in a new city by the way), I became friends with one of the world’s best vocal coaches. So when he told me to come on down to Music Row (yes! It’s a real place!) for a vocal lesson – I almost peed my pants … and said yes.
Can you imagine the fear and panic that came over me when I pulled up into my parking spot to walk inside, and SING for a WORLD CLASS VOCAL COACH – with ZERO background in singing, choir, voice lessons – ANYTHING. I had a negative amount of natural talent to fall back on. I mean, the last time I sang in front of people was in 3rd grade Super Singers (anyone remember that?!)
Walking into the studio that day felt like that bad dream we’ve all experienced. Unprepared. Inexperienced. Unqualified. Unworthy. And scared to death.
I wish I could tell you that I had been sitting on some untapped, Mariah Carey pipes for 27 years – just waiting to be unleashed to the world.
But that’s not this story.
I fumbled my way through the vocal warm ups, tried to talk myself out of some of the techniques, and realized it was a lot harder than I imagined to sing along to a piano.
But you know what else I realized?
I was a tad better at singing than I imagined – and I lived through what I believed to be the scariest situation I could step into.
I think the feeling I had walking up to the vocal studio that day on Music Row is a lot like the emotion storytellers feel when first releasing their podcast episodes.
Uncertain. Insecure. Thinking they should turn back.
But those feelings come from your head – not from your heart.
You might be thinking ‘One more podcast is not needed.’ ‘I’m not an expert or experienced enough.’ ‘Next year I’ll think about it.’ or ‘I don’t know how I’d even maintain something like that – I don’t have time.’
I get it – those are all legitimate concerns. But they aren’t valid to keep you from starting.
Your perspective, thoughts, insights, and conversation starters are what make you – YOU – and it’s time for you to express that version of you into the world.
To uncover your story – to uncover the story of others – and help those that are looking for the exact stories you’re ready to tell.
I want you to know you DO have what it takes. And that there has never been a better time to start a podcast than right now, today, with the way the media and entertainment world are headed.
Think about the last time you didn’t feel qualified for something – and think about how it turned out. I’m pretty certain you either succeeded or learned.
And I’m here to help to make the leap into starting your show – or elevating it. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all concerns you have with getting yourself on the mic. Once you name, you can overcome it.
Here’s to telling the story that deserves to be heard –
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