Finding Yourself As an Artist

Monday nights are rather uneventful for me as far as entertainment. There’s nothing notable on TV, so I’ve been watching NBC’s The Voice lately and while there’s no particular artist that stands out yet, there’s a common theme which has intrigued me more than the performances and that’s this whole aspect of finding yourself as an artist.

Out of thousands of contestants, none of the current contestants would have made it this far if they didn’t have the vocals, the charisma and natural born eagerness to want to be a singer. That’s already a given but what isn’t obvious is seeing who each of the contestants are artistically. At the moment, they seem to be singing songs simply because that’s the central theme of the show but I fail to see a great deal of uniqueness as far as how they do it.

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Regardless of what type of artist you are, personal style is essential if you want to succeed and avoid just being “another performer” or “another” of anything. The contestants are given constructive criticism for their performances and sometimes I believe it derives from the combination of the contestants growing and not knowing yet who they are as an artist which I understand because developing yourself on the show is part of the process.

Every week the contestants are given different songs to perform and very often it’s not so much about whether they sounded good because in reality they all have amazing distinct voices but I assume they’re also evaluated on how much they were able to personalize something that wasn’t theirs to begin with.

I think we all have heroes and we often aspire perhaps too much to sing, draw, photograph or to do anything like them but that’s not how things work. If you’re serious about wanting to do more with your music or photography or anything, I think we should all be able to easily respond to the question of what specific type of work we genuinely want to create.

It’s not enough to say you want to take pictures or that you want to be on stage. What’s the point of being on a high-rise platform if you’re not sure want you want to deliver with it?

The ideal case would be finding your personal style, spend days, week or years polishing your craft so well to a point where there will be no one who can possibly create art the way you will - no one else but you and that’s a comforting thought.

You can’t force yourself into working in a certain way. It has to come natural to you and in return, what you yield will be as high caliber as your delivery. As unconventional as Lady Gaga may seem, she more than anyone knows who she is. Her style defines her and her music classifies her at being the best in her craft.