Saturday, September 06, 2008
I'm watching x-factor and even though I know it's coming it still amazes me the way people hold belief about their abilities that is completely misguided.
I love to sing, but I am BAD. I indulged in a bit of karaoke recently and my other half recorded some of it. We were on our own in one of those karaoke rooms and it is seriously cringy in the cold light of day without a pitcher of green cocktail (I was in Japan, I dunno what it was) in me. I always knew I wasn't the best singer but I never knew I was that bad, at least now I know!
For these people though, is the fault really with their family and friends? I mean, my mam always told me I was crap if I asked, in a nice way like, she would say 'You have a grand voice Voodoo, it's not brilliant but it's not awful'. I don't think there is any point building people up when they are only going to get a rude awakening some time in the future.
I'm all for trying to boost a person's confidence but you see so many disasters on these shows, sometimes I feel really sorry for them when they're upset afterwards, convinced the judges were wrong.
I was watching a show the other night about Child Geniuses on channel 4. One kid was around 12 and was convinced after years of being labeled a genius and of playing competitive chess in the UK that he was the best and capable of winning some competition against the worlds best in his age category. His parents were clearly pushing him, home schooling him, allowing him play chess online half the day in 'training'. In this particular competition he ended up coming somewhere around 70th (I can't remember). Basically, no where near the winners. They asked him afterwards if he still thought he could do it, be the best, carry on competing. He said yes and when asked if he would ever give up chess, he said only if he died. Hardly a healthy attitude to have.
Anyway, I still think I could make it as a dancer, I love dancing, therefore I am great, yes?
Posted by Voodoolady at Saturday, September 06, 2008