Have you ever felt uninspired? Have you ever thought about passion and purpose only to feel as if you don’t really have much of either? If so, you are definitely not alone. Many of my clients come to me for help uncovering their true aspirations. (To read my article on Finding Your Purpose, click here.)
The key is to recognize that 1) you DEFINITELY do have passion and purpose. It may only be a a little burning pilot light but deep within you there is a knowing of who you are and what you’re in this life to become. And 2) sometimes you need a spark to fan that flame into a beautiful, blazing fire.
For me that pilot light was burning for my desire to sing. I love helping people with careers but part of me always dreamt of being a singer. I never thought it was something I could make a living at so I didn’t sing at all. Until recently.
About 2 years ago, a colleague was coaching me about writing and said, “You should take a writing class.” Immediately a thought sprang to mind from deep within, “If you’re going to take a writing class, you have to take a singing class FIRST. You want to be a singer not a writer.” It was an epiphany!
I immediately started surfing the web to find a singing coach but there were so many options, I didn’t know which to choose. I emailed a contact I had met at SIRIUS XM who was a career opera singer for recommendations. Coincidentally, she gave voice lessons and also needed some career coaching, so we set up a barter.
It was as if my little pilot light of a dream had sparked into a flame! I started taking lessons and after about a year and a half of building my skills and confidence, I was ready for my first cabaret show. That was last July. To see a clip, click here.
That show was one of the scariest and most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m also convinced it sparked many other great opportunities in my career. After my first cabaret show I was asked to do more career talk radio on SIRIUS XM. To tune into for free to my weekly radio show, click here. And after my second show in October of last year, I was asked to make my first appearance on CNN as a career expert. To see a clip, click here.
Now this coming Saturday, April 25th from 4-5pm I’m putting on my Follow Your Dreams cabaret once again. I’ve been blessed with a fabulous trio of musicians trained at none other than Juilliard! All the songs I sing have an inspirational message and you even get the chance to think about and share your own dreams as part of the show.
I recently saw an off-Broadway show on the life of the “first lady of song” Ella Fitzgerald. Seeing that show inspired me and fanned the flames even more. It’s my hope that if you’re in need of a little inspiration, that you’ll join me next Saturday at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC from 4-5pm. Life don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!