4 Lessons From I Can Sing Reality Show: Your Talent Ain’t Really What You Need

Yes you’re talented and therefore exited. But before you start dreaming of stunning people with your gift, note this truth that clearly emerged from the recent 1st episode of I can Sing Reality Show: It takes a lot more than your talent to make it in to the top.
Mercy Opande, the I Can Sing Reality show winner in action (Facebook)
 Am not very faithful when it comes to watching TV; I can actually be in the house for 48 hours without switching it on. 

But I did develop an interest for the recent reality show, I can sing, in a local station. This was largely informed by the fact that Mercy Opande, the winner of the competition is my long time friend and once a colleague when I worked for a local TV station 2 years ago.

If you had a chance to follow the reality show, you can easily agree with me, based on the weekly performances, the winner wasn’t the finest, or at least some of her competitors truly did a far much recommendable job on showcasing their talent: Better vocals than Mercy’s, great crowd movers than Mercy and often had awesome comments and feedback from the judges. I actually don't remember mercy topping in any performance; she was, in most cases last to be included in the proceeding team. But how comes Mercy won?

I think, more than that trilling feeling of the one I voted for winning, my greatest scoop was these few lessons I learnt from the show.

Lesson 1: You need people (fans) to succeed

I think the right name is not fans but enthusiasts or fanatics.

At the end of it all, it's not the judges who decided the overall winner of the I Can Sing reality show, it's not the great talent that chose the name on the cheque; nope! It was the fans, it was the number of people who happened to believed in ones gift.

If you are thinking of creating a product or a service that will impact people, you better start building a fan base. It's what Jeff Goins, a reputable writer and blogger calls a tribe; a small but dedicated group of people who believe in your work so much that they're willing to tell everyone they know about it. (Like I’ve just told you about Jeff because I believe in what he does).

It takes time and patience to have a handful guys sing your name - I mean, apart from your family members and close relatives.

Looking at the I Can Sing Show, It's almost unacceptable that the choice of the overall winner was left at the mercies of fans, most of which, just like I, were obviously bias; people who most likely didn’t have a professional ear to tell if the piano and the musicians were on different keys. As a matter of fact, I voted, and influenced many people including my wife to vote for mercy, because I knew her, not because she was necessarily the very best. You can condemn me for that, but as it stands, the girl already banked 1 million.

I confess there were instances during the show Mercy performed badly. There were contestants with wonderful vocals who, if life was 'fare' enough, could have scooped the overall winner prize.

You see, you are not the first one to sing, neither are you really going to be the finest. People are both busy and saturated all round with anything you may want to think it’s great. They truly don't care how talented you are. You can find greater content than what you’re reading right now from experienced people than I. Now that you’ve decided to read my work, I want to be committed to deliver something worth your time. 

Listen, it's your duty to find ways of wooing them to like you and what you're doing. Make us believe in you - and start earlier such that by the time your big break shows up, you'll have moral authority to ask us to support you.

Lesson 2: Do something, when no one is watching

A Facebook memory snapshot from Mercy's wall
On the final day of the show, the last five standing finalists were to perform their own compositions. That tells you even before the competition was arranged, these guys were doing something with their voices.

Most people are sitting waiting for the big break. I don’t want to be the prophet of doom but sorry to say, there is no big break coming, and that's the most unlikely way to succeed. 

You don't sit and wait for the big break, you go for the big break. What does that mean? It means you work on your talent, you seriously work. The big break will favor the prepared. Just imagine if this guys had just sat waiting for an opportunity to showcase their talents! Their voices could have even rusted long ago. 

Over four years, long before I Can Sing competition was thought of, Mercy had already done not just an audio song but also its video. I remember her asking me help critique the video and advice on color and light balancing.

She'd a running blog through which she promoted her work and very active in social media. Mercy is also a very active member in music ministry at her church.

If you're going to make any impact, you need to keep doing what you love regularly even if none of us is recognizing. Keep showing up!

Do you draw? Produce at least a piece a weak. Do you think you're a writer? Start writing, regularly. You look forward to supporting the less fortunate? Start now, even if you won't afford buying them a loaf of bread; you can spend your time with them, visit a children's home and volunteer – you realize that’s also spending, spending time. Basically, do something touchable. When you meet the big break, you won't disappoint.

Lesson 3: Embrace social media

Social media took a center stage in the whole event. It shouldn't come as a surprise; everything is now e. People are working from virtue offices, meetings are held online, webinars are so popular and you can buy anything online. Why watching real TV screen is decreasing is because we can get real-time news and entertainment conveniently delivered right to our phones. 

The contestants who used to take Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the likes for granted had themselves to blame. 

I personally know Mercy to be very active online. As I said earlier, she actually had gone ahead to create a blog, not when she heard there was a competition coming up, but over 4 years ago. She understands the power of social media. 

Every serious company must have a website. In fact companies are employing people to merely manage their social media! Why? Because clients are online.

You better start making an impact online. 

That said, you must not just be online filling the space with air, your presence should positively impact people. Social media is full of unnecessary information, you must decide to focus on your core talent. Don't just post anything because you just found yourself on Facebook.

Not once or twice have I typed a sentence on my wall, but before clicking share, I wonder: what impact will this post cause? Is it worth to be associated with it? Why am I posting this?

Then I go ahead to delete it, and eventually end up not posting.

Positively embrace social media; it's gonna be a hard journey without it.

Lesson 4: You need God

Mercy in one of the performances (Facebook)
As it’s usually said, this is the last but not the least – it’s the most.

In one of the Facebook posts after wining, Mercy wrote, "I have seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. People from all walks of life spent their time and money on me." And she ended the post with Travis Green's words: Don’t know how but He did it, God made a way.

Trust me there were episodes I knew Mercy was to be sent home, because she didn’t perform well. But somehow, somehow, she escaped the judges’ knife. 

At some point, not once, the judges were asked to safe their favorite competitor, and somehow, one of them picked Mercy, who by the way was meant to say bye to the competitions. 

In one episode, the contestants did poorly that the show director commanded that all the contestants go to the drawing board and the show be repeated the following week. That day I literally saw mercy go home. Somehow, somehow, the cancellation gave us a life line.

Those ‘somehows’ are not just ‘somehows’! I know God was at work. I strongly believe God favored Mercy. As I said earlier, she was not truly the very best. 

In fact, in an interview on the TV moments after winning answering what made her win, she confessed, “I don’t know, it’s just God!”

Acknowledge God in all your doings. After all, he gave you the gift and supplies the strength you need to nature the very gift – I mean, he has given you the life through which you can bring forth your talent.

Now you know it takes more than a talent to get you up the success ladder. Fold your sleeves and let’s get to work; Get exposed, it’ll help you learn you’re not the best. Honor relationships, you need people. Don’t be proud, acknowledge God. Don’t sit waiting for a break, go for it!
All the best!

How do you think should young people make the most of their talents? Share your wisdom in the comment box bellow. Also share to reach your friends, sharing is caring! 

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