On a different note,
Well, I decided to audition for the Voice this year, and in all honesty I went in trying to put aside any expectations... but also truly believing I had something to bring to the table. I mean, it is a singing show... But it's bigger than that... It's a TV show... thus lead by money & ratings!! But for those of you who have seen my live show, I definitely could liven up a LIVE broadcast!
My wife was such an Amazing supporter & encourager... She did not want me to regret Not trying... LOVE HER!! So we started planning... determined our best course of travel based on audition locations. We chose New Orleans as we could drive there for half the cost of flying. We then booked a car rental, then a hotel accounting for where the actual location of the audition would be... Seriously factored in walking if needed!! I've learned from previous adventures to account for as many possible obstacles as possible. Don't let some crazy, odd, random act get in the way of a dream Your planing on shooting for!
We left the day prior from Florida, and we were so looking forward to having hours together on the road... quiet, alone, special, & private time... We realize this is the foundation of our marriage... Focus! SO, even though there was a BIG audition sprinkled in this venture, we looked at it as an opportunity to have a wknd away in a cool city to celebrate our love! This comes down to keep things in perspective... the Voice... 1 in a Million chance... My marriage is here, Now, a gift from God... So, You better believe it takes precedence and is a priority!
So, we enjoyed our ride up... was fun, we took pictures, laughed, cried, and cherished each second! And the next morning we woke up with a focus of stepping out in Faith and giving this audition a shot! I have to acknowledge the INCREDIBLE support I received from my friends & family... Honestly, there are no words! My social media sites were Blowing up with LOVE from my peeps!! HOLLA!!
Ok, the audition... it was raining, someone stole our cab, we forgot some of the clothes I was gonna wear, so it was a frustrating morning... BUT, we got there... the line looked half a mile long... Wished we would of went 30 or 45 mins earlier... the day was pretty much being moved from one waiting station to another... the entire process took about 5 hours. The final stage was being broken into groups of 10 contestants. then You are brought into a room with a producer and each one given approximately 30 secs to sing. It was comfortable in a group that size for some new singers, and was encouraging as we clapped before & after each song. Of the 10 in my group at least 6 of us had obvious singing ability. Very cool styles, levels, songs etc... Was a nice experience! The producer was positive, and cut to the chase. "The bar is set high, we have a lot of singers to listen to, so here we go"... He kept 1 of the 10, not me unfortunately. But the one he chose was very talented and actually had experience in these auditions... was not his first time. He also did a great job of arranging His song and making it His own... Bravo! For me, I went in with a thought of choosing a style and owning it... I went the Rocker route, and it seems that was not what they were looking for... sigh!
Needless to say I was disappointed, frustrated and defensive at first... but I also wasn't overly surprised... I realize this is a business, there are Organizations that have a lot of money & vested interest. BUT I did it... I stepped out to allow God to move or not... We cannot expect results unless we make an effort!
My wife and I made the best of our weekend, and went out that day and enjoyed the incredible city that is Nawlins!! hehehe!! So, all in all, this will be an experience I relive forever.. it will change me as an artist, as we all need to realize it is a business when You decide to making singing/music your career. We will not win them all, it's not for everyone... think about it... of the ten of thousands who audition... only 1 winner... Like winning the lottery! You CAN make it, You can make it without being on a reality show! Put everything you got in it, or put that energy somewhere else! And surround yourselves with incredible, loving, encouraging, supportive & positive people... then You always win!
Good day & God Bless,