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Is Natural Talent The X-Factor

I am often asked the following questions: "Can I do something with my voice?" or "Can I make it?" or "How long do you think it will take for me to make it?". My answer is always the same: "That depends. How hard are you willing to work?"

Both as a performer and as a vocal coach I have witnessed a lot of "God-given talent" or "natural talent." Undeniably, there are singers who possess a unique and remarkable gift that makes them a joy to hear. However, natural talent is merely a foundation for a successful performing career---it is one of many parts in a functional machine, and it is by no means a requirement for a career in vocal performance. In time, hard work and dedication can overcome any lack of natural ability.

It ultimately comes down to an individual’s perseverance, diligence, and willingness to receive what I can share with them. Are you the person who is willing to work to the best of your ability to improve your skill? If so, you are a good candidate for singing and performing. You will learn more in your self-discovery processes (practice through tempering) than any other way. As you persist in improving your skills by practicing vocal exercises, you will then be able to apply what you are learning to singing. I have had many students tell me they have practiced every day. However, after a grueling vocal lesson that seemed way too labored, I found out by discussing the lack of progress that the student sang every day without working on the vocal exercises.

Persistent hard work is the X-Factor.

To learn more about harnessing natural talent to become the best singer you can be, contact the Brian Schexnayder Vocal Studio today. Let me help you grow your ability and perfect your craft.

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