I first heard the words “you can be anything you want to be” when I was just a little girl. It was a mantra I held close to my heart and a belief I held for many years. If I wanted to be a singer, all I had to do was dress like my favorite singer and I would somehow magically be able to sing like her.
So, at the age of 10, I decided to give it a try. I figured that if I dressed like my favorite singer, I could become her in a sense and be able to sing like her. I spent hours in my room trying to recreate the exact outfits that she wore in her music videos. I wanted to make sure I was as close to my favorite singer as possible.
I was certain that if I could just look like her, I would be able to sing like her as well. I was wrong. I soon realized that I was not able to sing like my favorite singer just because I was dressed like her. I was disappointed and embarrassed that I had put so much effort into something that didn’t work.
That experience taught me an important lesson. I learned that you can’t become someone else just by dressing like them. You can’t take someone else’s talent or skill and make it your own. You can’t just get what someone else has by copying their appearance.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that I needed to develop my own skills if I wanted to become a singer. I needed to practice, learn different styles of singing, and hone my craft. I needed to learn how to use my voice in different ways and discover what type of music I liked. I needed to find my own sound and style.
It took me a few years to figure out what I needed to do to become a singer. I went to singing lessons, I practiced at home, I performed in front of friends and family, and I entered local talent shows. I began to understand that I couldn’t just dress like my favorite singer and expect to be able to sing like her.
I eventually stopped trying to dress like my favorite singer and started to focus on developing my own style. I realized that I had my own unique voice and I needed to use it. I started to experiment with different types of music and eventually found my own sound.
I’m now a professional singer and I still look up to my favorite singer. I admire her talent and skill, but I know that I can’t just dress like her and expect to sound like her. I have to put in the hard work and practice if I want to be a successful singer.
I’m glad that I made the mistake of thinking I could be like my favorite singer just by dressing like her. It taught me that I need to put in the effort to become the best version of myself. It also taught me that I can’t just copy someone else’s looks and expect to be able to do what they do.