This seems to be a question I've asked myself a lot lately. Most recently when I hurled myself in a college Japanese language class. That turned out well, so maybe this latest crazy adventure will too...? Oh boy...
I have always loved to sing. I grew up in a musical family. My Granddad sang, played guitar, and harmonica. My uncle does all of that, fronts a couple of bands, and has a recording studio in his house. My mom has one heck of a set of "pipes". She was the lead singer in several bands when I was young and even recorded a demo tape at one point. She also won singing contests at the professional level. I grew up surrounded by music and I was singing from an early age. I've never had any formal training, I just sing what I hear.
At some point in my young adult life, I discovered karaoke. The first song I ever sang did not go well at all. I was extremely nervous and didn't actually know the song as well as I thought. But I practiced, tried again, and ended up loving karaoke. I've done it off and on over the years ever since.
Along the way I've entered a few singing contests, but have never won anything. I get the same feedback - after a regular karaoke song or contest... "Your voice is great, but you need to move around!" I have such awful stage fright that I stand in one spot, deer in the headlights, or eyes closed, often with my knees shaking. Despite all of that, I can belt out a song. To quote Genesis: "I can't dance".
A couple months or so ago I went out with a couple of friends to a local club to celebrate one of their birthdays. It happened to be karaoke night and I decided to sing. My new friends here had never heard me sing. After they had, they - and the two hostesses of the karaoke night - all started pushing me to enter "Misawa Stars" - a singing competition that was being advertised here.
I said, "Nope. No way, no how. Been there, done that, not going to do it again."
I'm not sure what I was thinking, but one day I signed up, a week later I did my audition, and... made it in. *shocked face*
My audition went the way of all my past performances - or maybe even worse. I think I was more nervous than I had ever been. (thankfully it was a closed audition!) The judges loved my voice, and I guess that alone was enough to get me into the show, but they all told me I'd have to: "own the stage" - "wow the crowd" - "get the audience on my side"... and so on.
I have a little less than two weeks to figure out how to do that.
The whole thing is going to be run like American Idol: including several performances, judges, crowd input, eliminations...
I say again, oh boy.