using adversity to find your voice
4.54 million viewers broke TV ratings records and tuned in on Monday night to watch 19 year old Karise Eden take out the coveted title of Australia’s inaugural ‘The Voice’. While her amazing voice captured Australia’s attention, it’s her triumph over tragedy story that is truly inspiring.
As a state ward, estranged from her birth family, living in refuges, battling self-harm and agoraphobia she seemed destined to a hard life. However, she also has a unique and powerful gift – a distinctive singing voice that now ‘discovered’, could set her on a road to what would have been unimaginable success a year ago.
Yes, it’s great television that must have delighted the 9 Network, but they couldn’t have manufactured Karise’s past that preceded The Voice experience, celebrity and fame she’s now enjoying.
Even if she doesn’t realise it yet, there are 3 keys that transformed Karise’s adversity into success:
1. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
While Karise may have felt she had little to lose, her fear during her first live audition was palpable. She had no formal singing training and was up against hundreds of other more experienced hopefuls. With downcast eyes under the glare of bright lights, a studio audience and in the company of famous celebrities, she gripped the microphone, opened her mouth and started to sing.
Sometimes you just have to take a chance and all it takes is courage! Even when there are no guarantees of success, allowing a vision of what’s possible to drown out the fear will propel you forward. Take the first step and ‘go for it’.
2. Convert the Pain into Power
The genuine raw emotion in her voice helped Karise connect with so many people. Thousands of viewer votes came from those who not only appreciate her unique sound but also connect with and relate to her painful past.
When you’ve been through tough times and are coming out the other side, it’s tempting to ‘put the past behind you’ and ‘move on’. Whilst useful, it’s far more powerful to harness the pain and use it constructively. Using pain constructively places the past in context by turning a negative into a positive – something good can come from anything. The bonus this brings is richer talent, greater insight, wisdom and perspective.
What have you learnt from a painful past experience and how can you use it in a positive way to make your unique difference?
3. Find People who Believe in You (even when you don’t believe in yourself)
When the opportunity to audition for The Voice arose, self-doubt and fear of criticism would have been constant for Karise. It seemed as though everyone could see her talent and potential, except Karise herself. Her foster Aunty Marian and Uncle Frank accompanied her to the blind auditions and all four celebrity coaches turned their chairs around. Seal took on the coaching challenge which seemed more about helping her believe in herself and step into her ability than refining her technique.
A dedicated support team will stop you from running the other way when it seems too hard and overwhelming. They’ll back you against the odds and hold unshakeable faith in your ability until you believe in it yourself.
So, who’s on your support team and who do you need by your side to achieve success?
Every one of the 4 finalists in The Voice overcame the odds to be there and all would have been worthy winners. Like each of them, you too have an amazing talent and you owe it to the world to step up and share it.
The Great Life Redesign tells the stories of others who have converted a passion or adversity into an opportunity. Your dream doesn’t have to include fame and notoriety and may be more about living your passion through being yourself.
If you’re wondering what your talent or purpose may be, your ‘voice’ might just lie in the adversity you’ve overcome. Go on, revisit your past, extract the gems, leave the pain behind and hatch a plan to be heard.