I watched as the whole thing unfolded on my Facebook page. Regular updates from both Kristin and her sister Kassie allowed me to vicariously experience the excitement, the nervousness, the sheer joy of performing in front of an audience. In the end, I wanted to stand up and give Kristin a standing ovation for having the sheer guts, the faith in herself to do what so many are never able to do. She took a huge risk. Maybe she wasn't selected this time, but the confidence she gained and the desire to push on are priceless rewards.
|Kristin with Tommy Tutone, one of the judges.|
Photo courtesy of Kassie Moxon
Why am I posting about this on a blog primarily about writing? Any talent-based venture, be it music, writing, dance, art... each begins by taking a risk. By standing up and saying, "I can do this. I want to do this."
The way I see it, success in these ventures can be broken down into just two primary pieces: talent and perseverance. Bicker all you want about how big the percentage is of each piece, but without both, there will be no success.
Although a lucky select few are born with a brilliant innate talent, many of us are able to take advantage of a single spark of talent, or the hint of a talent. Over time, with practice and teaching from others who have gone before us, we are able to hone that talent and make it shine. Change it into something that others also find valuable.
You can have all the talent in the world, but it is useless without the drive and the perseverance to deliver it. You must show off this talent. Let others see it. Put it in front of their faces if you have to. If you have something to sing, get up on that stage and sing it. If you have something to say, post it where everyone can find it. Artists, paint your hearts out and then show the world. You will get "no." It's inevitable. But eventually, you will get "yes." Take that first "yes" and make it work for you. Let it snowball.
Today I applied for a writing position that some might consider above my head. I have faith that, given the chance, I could rock this position. And who cares? I took the risk. I'll take it again. You remember what they say about the lottery, right? You can't win if you don't buy a ticket.