My experience of the Blind Auditions on The Voice Australia 2015 began at 3:45am. After a solid 8 hours sleep it was time to get up and prepare for the big performance ahead. After a protein fuelled breakfast and a vocal warm-up I was on my way to Fox Studios. At 5:15am it was time to meet the amazing team, say hello to the other contestants and get ready. The day started off with a second breakfast provided by Shine Australia and then it was straight into hair and makeup. The morning included a photo-shoot , makeup and hair, wardrobe, sound-check, interviews and live updates on today's schedule. Shortly after the wardrobe, hair and makeup we were taken to lunch where The Voice Team provided a delicious and healthy lunch for us all. Tea and coffee as well as room temperature water bottles were also provided for the vocalists.
The morning was a surreal moment for me as for every second I was there, I was trying to come to terms that I had this amazing opportunity to perform on The Voice stage in front of some of the best musicians in the business. My vocals had its challenges throughout the day and it was my job to keep my voice warm with plenty of hot tea and water. After waiting with the rest of the contestants and my family for a while, the excitement and nerves kicked in after I was told I would be the second artist to perform on the show. Immediately welcomed with a dry throat and nerves, drinking water and making frequent stops to the bathroom was a common move for the time being.
Around 1pm now , the first five artists to perform were driven to the stage where we would sit in the green room. With only about 15-20 minutes to go, it was my chance to do as much warming up as possible. Breaking out with some rap to help with diction and some trills/lip rolls. I made the most out of that time I was given to prepare myself. With about 15 minutes to go and mentally prepare myself, a stop to the bathroom was a must. I was escorted to the bathroom and within 2 minutes of arriving at the bathroom I was, plans had changed and I was called on stage. In a quick hurry the crew and I were running from one building to another to get on that stage. Now standing at that stage door I found myself trying to catch my breath and contain myself. Running is great exercise but wasn't ideal in this situation. With the challenge at hand I took some deep breaths, shook out the nerves and before I knew it, I was on that stage singing a fast paced song which needed much oxygen I was running quite short of.
The challenge was accepted and as they say 'the show must go on'. Remembering to have fun and feel the song, I did the best possible performance I could have given the circumstances and knew it wasn't the best performance. I am my own worst critic and I knew that I wouldn't be able to deliver the song as I did in sound-check. Based on my performance Jessie J was spot on and my lack of breath support caused a domino effect on my performance including pitch, placement or tone and overall performance. What Australia didn't see or hear was what had been said after my performance. After my performance and the initial introduction Jessie J knew that the song suggested to sing on The Voice was not my usual style, and on that stage asked me to sing another song. After breaking out an Alicia Keys hit I was told by Ricky Martin and Jessie J that I had a lot of passion and said they would both like me to come back next year. Jessie J, the woman I admire had also said she could relate as she was once in the same position and was able to provide a quick coaching session on that stage. The circumstances prior to my audition caused a result that was not in my favour.
However, I refuse to see the opportunity I had as a letdown. I made it to the Top 130 of The Voice Australia this season out of thousands of auditionees, got to audition in front of a nation and the best people in the industry, got some priceless feedback from Jessie J and Ricky and, have been invited back next year. If I had got into The Voice this year I wouldn't have taken a year off to pursue my technique and work on my artistry, I wouldn't have built my website and started a KickStarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/384604731/mystified-fund-mys-ts-first-official-album) and I wouldn't of had the knowledge I have now obtained to better myself. I have learned from this experience and will apply everything I have improved and learnt on next year's performance and every opportunity that comes in between.
Thanks to my coach Ken Tamplin I have also coined the phrase "failing forward". Whether you fail or succeed, it is a step forward regardless whether it's a lesson or opportunity. No matter how good or great I am or may become, I'll always be a working progress. The Voice experience reminded me of how much I love what I do, how much I'm willing to work hard and despite all the naysayers, will never stop singing and keep pursuing.
Through every challenge and opportunity we must always...
Rise above and love,
Mys T xx