There have been a few comments flying across the social media platforms recently about why experienced artists like me would want to be in a talent quest such as The Voice. The notion of being in a talent quest never really appealed to me so why is it I got involved ? Well, up front, in early November 2011 I didn’t look at The Voice as a talent quest. Having now seen and felt how it works as a participant I feel this even more so.
When I think of a talent quest I think of singers good and terrible all vying to be judged by people who are either way past it, people who aren’t performers at all or people that get a kick out of giving a kick. Where the performers get told what they are doing wrong like they are being assessed in a school exam. This isn’t The Voice on any level. The environment within this process is a very supportive and positive one. It’s very challenging but extremely encouraging.
The Voice has so much more to offer. It’s a search for artists that have a special gift, more than just a good voice, something that reaches out and affects people. The production gives these artists the chance to connect with a huge audience and share what they have to offer.
Building a profile platform to move forward as an artist is the key advantage of this show. It’s not about being told if you can sing. It’s not about learning licks and tricks from the coaches. It’s about a shared journey for all involved to showcase the best they have to offer.
As an artist on the show you get everything you’d every dream of having at your finger tips. A great band, sound system, light show, make up artists, wardrobe department, a brilliant set. Then you get a mic and the spotlight. It’s up to you to bring it!! It really is the stuff of dreams.
The show is for talented singers that are passionate about their craft and brave enough to put themselves in front of the country and say - I WANT THIS. I CAN DO THIS. And the artists ARE really talented. There’s no room for the coaches to dismiss or ridicule. It’s about a celebration not disintegration.
The format of the show allows all types to feel they start on an equal footing; Big people and little people, old people and young people, gorgeous people and the ‘character’ actors of the world. All the coach hears is the voice. If you look amazing but it doesn’t translate through to them with your voice then chances are it’s not going to happen this time. If you are in your 40’s and sing like a bird chances are you’ll get the chance and the choice to work with some incredibly successful artists. What a great opportunity!!! I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’ve never seen an opportunity like it.
I’ve loved the experience and I have learnt much more about myself than I would ever have dreamed. I had completely underestimated just how inspiring it is to spend time with talented and courageous people that know what they want and are prepared to reach for the stars.