Taking Responsibility for Where I am in the Singing Game – Toronto Wedding Funeral Singer

One of the things that I have come to realize as an independent artist is that you have to promote yourself like there is no tomorrow. I used to have this idea that “one day” someone would realize how “amazing” I sounded which would lead to a big discovery and that everything  I ever wanted to accomplish in the world (sold out concerts, platinum cds, etc)  would be mine for the taking.

Don’t get me wrong, I have not given up on my dreams, however, I have matured enough to realize that any and all progress (or lack of progress) towards my dreams start and end with me. And to be quite honest, I can’t always say that I have a firm direction and what to do and what should be the next move in my career. However, I do remember reading a great quote that very simply said “when in doubt, keep going”. And that has been my M.O. for quite some time.

Whether it is posting a YouTube video, recording a song, sending an email to a musical idol with a recording or posting on Instagram, I try to keep the momentum going because I look at it as creating opportunities for exposure and to set myself up for success. Even though many of these previously mentioned efforts are done with the intention of reaching my ultimate goal, I also know that many great opportunities also develop from the work put forth. After posting a video on YouTube, I have been contacted from people who have asked me to sing at a gala or to sing at their wedding. The wonderful thing about creating momentum is that along your journey, there are many side detours that you can take which also help to motivate you and make you a better person.

Even finding the motivation to keep up with the things that will give you momentum can be a challenge. Anyone new to social media will know exactly what I am talking about. How does someone find motivation when you put your hard work, skills and energy into putting together a recording or music video/clip and then only end up getting 5 likes or 20 views within the first couple of months. It can be rather deflating and uninspiring. However, this is when your belief in yourself has to seriously “kick in“ and you have to clap for yourself at the quality you have produced. Regardless of whether your social media post gets only 25 views, as long as you are producing quality content, you are laying the foundation for your success. It is also important to remember that all you need is that 1 person to see your post and that it can take your career in a new direction.

However, I think it is very important to enjoy the journey because it can be a truly beautiful experience.  Over the past couple of years, I have had a number of singing opportunities presented to me.  From singing at weddings, funerals, galas for prime ministers or mayors, fundraisers, entering singing competitions, or volunteering my time at a retirement home. All of these experiences have been unique and enjoyable. Just because I am not yet where I want to be, it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate where I am and what I have done. It has been an amazing journey and I can honestly say that I am eternally grateful for all of the singing opportunities that have come my way.

In the end, I can honestly say that I am living my dream. I am creating my own opportunities and singing experiences that I will be able to look back one day and say how I was proud to be part of. And I must remember, that all of the progress and accomplishments that I have made have been a part of my unwavering belief in myself and perseverance. After all, It all starts and ends with me.

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