Well this week, I enjoyed Idol, but I have to say, there sure was a lot of DRAMA, which makes for good reality TV!
is, the nature of the Music industry can be very
dramatic...nonetheless, Iím interested in the stuff beneath the
surface, so I'm not going to mention the obvious here.
it amazing to see what people do when theyíre under stress? Hopefully
after viewing these episodes, we can recognize that this show is not
just about finding pure talent, is it? Stress has a way of pointing us
to our weakness.
how these singers responded in the situation of being forced to
co-operate, learn and come up with something to perform in a group, as
well as let their light shine was something to learn from. I asked
myself the question after certain people got cut - "why?" Then I
rewound my tivo and watched more closely.
of the people who got cut were not quite present, or let someone else
get the best of them. This wasn't always the case, I'm sure, but the
parts we were allowed to see showed groups that had obvious conflict
and obvious synergy.
In the meantime....
Let's address how to help you as singers get through Hollywood week next year.
Itís always easy to point fingers at other people and see the obvious - but what would YOU do in those situations?
HEREíS THE KEY to becoming an authentic, empowered singer:
Recognize that SINGING IS NOT about you, itís about how your energy allows others to feel.
After watching the show, you can ask the following questions and write about them in your vocal journal.
1. How do you feel about yourself?
2. How much are you willing to allow your true VULNERABLE self to feel comfortable around others?
3. How much are you willing to SURRENDER to the moment and let go - while staying connected to who you are?
easy to point fingers - but look at the people who made it through and
think about if you have the characteristics beyond talent, such as:
flexibility, kindness, drive, stamina, focus, presence, authenticity
and diplomacy. If not, how will you develop these traits?
it certainly doesn't mean that every person who made it to the top 36
is a fully developed masterful human, and that the people who got cut
aren't, but I guarantee that having these traits will help you win as a
singer, and keep you sane as a human being!
Get on a regular routine of inner-self improvement. If you donít know what this means, visit my website at www.dotsvoicestudios.com
. There's a lot of great info on there, from vocal health and well being, to the psychology behind great singing and how to master the mind
. You can also get my "Practicing with C.O.R.E. Power CD
", which teaches you how to center, breathe, resonate and enjoy the sound of your voice, as well as warm it up properly.
watching this week's episodes, can you deny that there's more to making
it, than meets the eye? I'm not saying that Idol is a true
representation of the Music Industry, but one thing is very true about
American Idol: the people are real souls, and their talents and
spirits are evolving under a lot of pressure, and that aspect can be
very true to the Music Industry. At the end of the day, it's about
personal choice. Do you choose to believe you can do it and are you
willing to believe in yourself and work towards your dream, no matter
are some things for you to think about. The next time you have a
stressful situation, or someone behaves in a way you wouldn't want them
to, think about how you can effectively deal with that stress, and get
the coping skills to stay sane, happy and balanced in an ever-evolving
To read Dot's Exclusive Notes on American Idol Contestants she took while watching the show, click here