This spring, I have been captivated by the show The Voice. I think it provides a very nice illustration of how subjective the world can be. Unlike other shows, this one presents only those who can sing. The result is an illustration of a world full of talented singers. I am left wondering, if there is that much talent in singers, what about writers? What makes me different from all the others? Some singers are good, but others are extraordinary. How do I know which one I am?
There are two things in particular that showcases the
publishing industry to me. First, the judges might pass on someone who sounds
great because it is early in the auditions. Then another singer comes who might
not be as good as the first, but the time is right. They have something the
judges are looking for, or they have come at a time when the judges feel pressured
to fill their teams. Life revolves around luck. I constantly hear it from
people who break into any industry. They worked hard, yes, but then they were
at the right place at the right time. It’s good to remember this in the midst
of the battle to break into any business, and let that drive persistence.
The second thing that strikes me about the show is the
singers themselves. There are those who always knew they wanted to sing. There
are those who did it as a hobby. There are even those who hid it from everyone
but their family. But, more often than not, the singers want to propel their
careers. What becomes clear are those who go in without a set plan, following
whatever path life opens up, go further. The ones who walk in with a solid plan,
what judge they want and all the things they can do once on the show, often
leave early in heartbreak—or don’t even make it on. I think this is a good
lesson to take away. Don’t over plan. I practically begged an agent to
re-examine my sample because I had convinced myself they were the best for me. The
result was me questioning life’s purpose when the “perfect” publisher said it
“wasn’t right.” I no longer try to oversell one path. This world is tough. The
more flexible someone is, the better they can survive when storms arise.
It’s funny how one show can bring me back to the
life I’ve chosen. Perhaps I see writing everywhere because it lives in me. I
think that’s the same no matter the passion. We see it everywhere. The world is
full of people searching for a way to accomplish dreams. I am thankful for a
show like The Voice. It shows me that the world is competitive, filled with
others just like me. But, it also shows me that perseverance pays off. Those
who quit will never make it on the show. So I will never quit.