Own it! Meaning own your strength

If there was one very important lesson I learned from my last two years in college, it was to own my strength(s).

If there was one very important lesson I learned from my last two years in college, it was to own my strength(s). For so long I was lost in regards to my musical and vocal aspirations. I knew I wanted to be a successful performer, but wasn’t always sure which way to go. I played with the idea of being a pop singer, a broadway singer, a latin singer like shakira, a rock star and opera singer. For many years, I really wanted to become an opera singer, but I found that dream a bit late.

In order for an opera company to take you seriously, they want to see that you were part of a young artist program and those programs require you to not go above a certain age. Unfortunately, I am over the age they list as a limit. So I got a bit discouraged and even disgusted by that rule.  So I thought of classical crossover such Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, but I would need a lot of money to make a decent recording and pay the musicians too. Then while I was in musical theatre class, where we also performed some pop music, I was constantly being told to get rid of the vibrato. So what does a woman do?

I decided to think outside of the box, for it would be the only way to have a chance at making this dream mine come true.

Well, I decided to think outside of the box, for it would be the only way to have a chance at making this dream mine come true. I became a big fan of Macklemore and was delighted to discover that he was older (in his early thirties) and an independent artist. He made it all on his own! I thought hey if he can do it, so can I! Of course it wasn’t overnight and I am aware that this will take time and lots of errors on the way to success.

It was time to be true to myself and my strengths.

Thinking of Macklemore and how he was true to himself and find success in doing so, I became inspired. It was time to be true to myself and my strengths. Which led to me deciding not to go pop, just because it is the most popular and best paying genre. I decided to own my strength, my high notes, vibrato and classically trained voice. Thinking of the music that moves me the most and best fits my voice, I went into  the alternative rock, classical crossover and symphonic metal genres. In other words, I am going with my passion as well as my strength.

An artist who has deeply inspired me is Tarja Trunnen.

Another artist who has deeply inspired me is Tarja Trunnen. To me she is the goddess of the symphonic and gothic metal genre. She is a full lyric soprano, with a sublime voice. It was her talent that drew me to Nightwish. Nightwish led me to Within Temptation, which also lead me to Sharon Den Adel. I personally love Sharon’s voice, to me she is the best self taught singer I’ve ever heard. These bands also lead me back to Evanescence and their singer Amy Lee who is fantastic, especially considering that she also didn’t have training. When it comes to classical crossover I am all over Sarah Brightman the original angel of music. These are the women I am looking up for inspiration on my path. Check out this video of Tarja Turnnen singing live, you’ll see why I adore her!

This is the music I long to make someday. Someday will come soon enough, now that I know where I am going nothing can or will stop me. Only I can stop myself. If there’s anything you can take from this blog post, it’s this. Find your strength and take it as far possible. Polish it, love it and most importantly own it! Make it yours! May you continue journeying toward your dreams.

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