Taking a moment to tell you how thankful I am to you - yes, YOU! - for taking time out of your busy day to listen and comment on my first #musiciantiptuesday! I’m so grateful for your positive comments, likes, and feedback. It really means the world to me! If you missed it, I posted it in my highlights, so please check that out ✅
In truth, I feel like I’m at the start of a journey. As someone who believes in self improvement, I’m always searching for new ways to grow and evolve in all aspects of my life, whether personal or professional. Part of that, however, comes with not just focusing on short term results, but more on the long term goal. I believe in sports they refer to this as “playing the long game”? (Don’t quote me on that, I’m not exactly a sports fan 🤣).
After playing a big performance or audition, it’s easy to get caught up in the results: “I didn’t win. I messed up that one run. That one note was out of tune.” Does this sound familiar to you? To me, it happens all the time. In my wedding vows, I referred to myself as a reformed perfectionist; truth be told, that perfectionism still rears its ugly head most often around auditions. I’ve worked on it a lot over the past six years, but I still have a long way to go.
So, why am I sharing this with you? For one, to normalize that we all do this, even though there’s some stigma around the dialogue (at least in my head there is). Also, to remind myself - and you! - that the beauty is in the journey; in the self discovery, in the work that goes into getting better with every practice session and self-recording, and in the time and effort you’re putting into bettering yourself and improving your unique skill set. Clearly this post is geared towards musicians, but really it applies to all of us.
So the next time you take an audition, post a video, or step outside of your comfort zone, I challenge you: remember the journey. And most of all, BE PROUD of yourself! You are strong. You are courageous. And you are capable.
Thanks for supporting me this week! I hope that I could give back by sharing these insights with you. Can you relate? Let me know in the comments!