We’re all blessed with a natural talent for something but whilst some may appear born with it, it may take a while for it show through with others. Maybe you were always making up plays and performing them for your parents when you were little, grew up with a love of theatre and musicals which spurred you on to take acting classes and went on to study drama at University and become a teacher. Perhaps you were outstanding in PE lessens and always picked first for sports teams which led to trials for a football team and a successful sports career. Or maybe you grew up not being particularly outstanding at any one thing, you got average reports at school and fell into a job that you enjoy but doesn’t exactly challenge you.
Then years later your friend asks you to do her make up for her before a night out and before you know it you’ve got a whole queue of friends lined up for you to do theirs. Word gets out and a couple of neighbours pop round, someone wants their make up doing for a wedding, your local school is having a fashion show and you offer your help and soon enough there you are with your own business cards and appointments lined up every day. You didn’t know you had a natural talent for makeup but it somehow became something you shone at and that others wanted to share-that, my friend, is a talent.
If you think you might be okay at something but wish to improve to release your full potential why not give yourself a push in the right direction and seek some advice from a professional. Singing lessons, even for the very talented, are essential to keep your voice strong and most vocal teachers will take beginners on or those with a limited range. It’s their job to help you discover your voice whether it’s one that belts out ballads and will one day fill stadiums or a voice that no longer sounds like a fog horn on karaoke nights and fits in nicely in the school choir.
If you think your children might have a natural knack for something then give them a gentle push into getting it recognise without forcing them into. If they are a brilliant dancer but extremely shy and they have a parent who forces them onto the stage they will put on the breaks and associate dancing with being terrified under bright lights with hundreds of people watching them. Sometimes it can be better to watch them grow in their own time so that their confidence catches up with their natural ability.
Ella Potts is a life coach who writes on behalf of vocaltutor.co.uk