If there's one talent I wish I had, it would be being able to sing. I mean I've never actually tried to sing, mainly because I already know I'm terrible at it and can't hit notes. Just ask my boyfriend, who has listened to me butcher practically ever song I know the words to while driving. I love music, and think it would be awesome to get to be on stage and express that to others through my voice.
But no, I am not a singer. I am, however a writer. I think I have some sort of talent for writing, seeing as I have been hired for various jobs based upon it. It's what I sort of went to college for, what I do during my 9-to-5 job, and it's something I often do even in my free time. It's one of those things that people tell me I'm good at- and that feels awesome. I imagine that's how singers must feel. This brings me to the topic of similarities between singing and writing.
Both are hard to make a career out of. Let's face it, not many people make it in the music business. Everyone who is the all-star in their high school's chorus thinks they will win American Idol and magically become the next Kelly Clarkson. But let's be real, the music industry is extremely hard to break into. There are millions of talented singers who simply don't have the time, money or connections to make a career out of it. Most popular singers these days (as in ones who actually make money, since there are tons of really talented bands that never will be on the radio) are famous because of 1 of 3 reasons; 1. They are the relative of someone famous, 2. They were already famous for acting or modeling and decided to start singing because why the hell not?, or 3. They got lucky and somehow their demo was listened to over the thousands of others piling up.
The same goes for being a writer. The state of print journalism is dying, and finding a job for any online publication is pretty much impossible unless you know someone. If you do snag a job, your pay is terrible and the hours are long. In terms of creative writing- good luck. Sure, Madonna can write a best-selling children's book, but good luck getting that gig as an average Joe.
Both need proper training. Although there's the rare cases, most singers need proper training to truly use their voice to the fullest potential. It's pretty crazy to think that there are all these breathing techniques to help you hit certain notes. Who knew? And obviously you need to know all about pitch, tone, and timing when singing. The same goes for writing. You can't be a good writer without having proper grammar and spelling.
Both are something people think they are good at, but really aren't. If you've ever watched the auditions on American Idol, then you know what I'm referring to. A lot of people somehow think they are excellent singers. Whether they're delusional or have family members that are a little too supportive, something is giving them the confidence boost to belt out their favorite song.
Writing is the same. Some people think they are good writers when really they aren't. Writing (or the English language) doesn't come easy for everyone. Just like science doesn't come easy to me. I could never work in that field, so I don't try to.
Both are forms of personal expression. Have you ever cried while listening to a song? Or watched a singer cry as they perform? Songwriting and singing are a great way for people to get their feelings out.
The same goes for writing. I write about things I love and things I hate. I write about bad experiences I've been through as well as the best ones. Writing is a way for me to get my feelings off my chest and to help others who may be going through the same thing or need some guidance.
Practice makes perfect. Do you want to know how I got better at writing over the years? I practiced. I wrote papers, personal pieces, pieces for my school's newspaper, etc. Since I graduated college and started working, I have a huge portfolio of different pieces of writing. Some are from catalogs, websites, press releases, magazine articles, blog posts and more. The same goes for singing. I would imagine.
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