Yes, it’s true: we learn from mistakes, but many of us still dread making mistakes on stage. Mistakes are embarrassing and awkward and generally horrible, right? Vocalist and performance coach Simone Niles has a different angle.
She explains that mistakes are feedback, and that it is possible to take a light hearted approach when they happen. Her insight in this lesson excerpt may just transform your life:
“The past does not equal the present. Any mistakes that you made yesterday or a year ago or ten minutes ago do not equal where you are now.”–Simone Niles
She explains that we should ask ourselves “What can I do now?” instead of dwelling on the mistake, which is in the past. Simone gives practical tips on what to do when you make mistakes in this lesson as well, and shares a story of when a bird landed on her mic stand int he middle of a song!
You will find Simone Niles’ complete lesson and many more on Singdaptive.com this fall.
Kathy Alexander is VP of Curriculum for Singdaptive. She was a staff writer for 6 years at VoiceCouncil Magazine and works for the University of Victoria as a practicum supervisor. Kathy is also a singer, vocal coach and choir director. Career highlights include guest appearances in Europe with Quannah Parker jazz fusion band in Norway, and back on the West Coast with Vision TV’s Let’s Sing Again, The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victoria International Jazz Festival.