I’m getting my morning started the right way today…coffee, bacon and Adele. I’ve had her Live At Royal Albert Hall DVD sitting on my desk for a while…finally sitting down to watch it.
If you haven’t ever seen this concert leave please my little blog right now, buy it on Amazon, then come back to my little blog ‘cuz I got stuff to say, yo.
Anyway, I think there’s a reason she’s successful. She keeps it simple and knows who she is. She is an incredible singer with such grace and class on the stage. And she’s charming, funny and seems to care a great deal for the audience. It’s infectious. She knows what she can do and she owns it. She interacts with the crowd, cracks jokes and never seems to take herself too seriously.
If you’re an artist there is something about you that is unique. We are all, in fact, unique. There is only one of you. Stop trying to be all things to all people. Dig in deep and figure out how you’re wired. Focus on the qualities you possess that make you and your music special and then own it. We can’t all blow up the stage with pyro, sing crazy runs, bring the party, crack jokes, strut across the stage or preach a sermon mid-concert but you can BE YOURSELF.
Stop listening to your insecurity. It’s natural to have fear when you’re putting yourself out there but you don’t have to indulge it. Be courageous. Figure out what’s unique about you and rock it. If you don’t get a handle on that you’ll end up feeling like you don’t measure up or worse, you’ll blend in with everyone else. Boring.
By the way, this doesn’t just apply to artists…it’s for all of us. Each of us was created in a unique way. There is only one you. Dig in and figure out who you are and what you were made to do. Then do it the only way you know how…by being yourself. I am a brand manager. I work hard every day to be myself. I’m passionate. I’m opinionated. I’m cheesy. I have lots of ideas…some great, some awful. I’m bad at math. I love people. I am a dork and it doesn’t bother me. I care…a TON. I want to bring out the best in people.
This world and our specific worlds would be a way better place if we were less concerned with what others thought of us. Be yourself. On the stage, in the office, on the internets…wherever you are.
I kind of went on a rant there for a minute but I have one more point to make about Adele that I think you’ll agree with once you watch the concert. She doesn’t need all the bells and whistles. The show is visually interesting and engaging but it’s simple. It’s Adele being funny, charming, vulnerable and authentic…oh and she sings her ass off. That’s the point of this whole post…if you’re a singer, SANG. If you’re a dynamic performer, be that. If you’re funny, make jokes. If you’re anointed and know the Word, preach. If you’re a worshiper, worship. If you rock, blow stuff up on that stage and rock. If you’re an idea girl, put yourself out there. If you’re organized, organize the crap out of your world. If you’re a math guy, work those numbers.
Find out who you are then…BE YOURSELF.