Find Your Voice With The Voice


A few weeks ago someone asked me to share videos that I thought were hilarious.

I couldn’t think of anything that I felt was good enough to share. Sure, Animals Being Dicks are always good for a chuckle, but are they really hilarious? Joe Santagato makes me laugh but isn’t quite hilarious either. I couldn’t think of a thing.

And then I watched an episode of the Voice. And I was crying I was laughing so hard.

The interaction between the judges is amazing. They’re hilarious. And here’s why:

  • They’re clever. The digs and jabs they toss around are more than just words, they’re well thought out retorts with purpose.
  • They’re not mean. Not really. Blake & Adam poke at each other but you can tell that it’s all in fun and not mean-spirited.
  • They don’t over do it. We’re talking about 4 larger than life celebrities and not one of them ever goes over the top.

Personally, I value humour immensely. I think being witty and clever and making people laugh is one of the best skills a person can have. I also don’t think I’m very funny myself. But because I value it so highly, I surround myself with humour as often as I can and every now and then I can tell that I’m picking up a trick here and there. I won’t on stage any time soon, but comedy is a skillset just like any other. If you practice, you will improve.

If there is a skill you admire, study it. Surround yourself with people who are good at it. Enjoy their talents and learn how to expand your own.

Because I’m a curious cat by nature, I have 2 questions/requests for you:

  • What are your favorite hilarious videos? I’d like to enjoy them too
  • What is a skillset you admire?

As I kept thinking about the show, and the lesson I was learning, I starting thinking deeper. There is a LOT of other lessons you can learn from The Voice. Here are just a few off the top of my head:

  • Get a mentor. It is amazing how quickly the competitors go from being good singers and performers to being INCREDIBLE singers and performers. They are learning from the best in the business and they are growing exponentially faster than they would learning from their peers or equals. Whatever it is that you do, find yourself a mentor that is phenomenal at what you want to become. Your growth will happen much quicker.
  • Surround yourself with high quality competition. The contestants on the show literally duke it out with their best quality peers at every moment. Sure, only one person is going to win the whole show, but by facing their competition head on at every opportunity, every single one of them is forcing themselves to outperform their previous best. Competition forces you to constantly be challenging yourself to improve. Competition is wonderful!
  • Find your own voice. Learn from the greats in your industry, even model what they do because they’re already great at doing it, but put your own voice on it. Add your flair, personality, twist, extra special sauce. The world doesn’t need duplicates.
  • Appreciate instead of envying. This is my favorite thing about watching the show. All the contestants watch each other perform and are in awe of them. Everybody appreciates the beautiful skills that each other has. I have never once heard someone say, “aw man, I wish I could sing like that.” The people who think like that, will never make the stage. Instead, you hear people saying “man, that girl can sing! I’m going to have to show my strengths even bigger and better than ever before.”

There’s probably a lot more. What are your thoughts?

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