So I’m browsin’ the web, being nosy about someone else’s business, when I fall upon an article announcing the new ABC series “Duets” – which just so happens to be looking for applicants to be potential singing partners with the likes of Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, and Lionel Richie.
Whoa. Hold up a minute. Did you say “Lionel Richie”?
Indeed I did.
So on a “whim” I decide to put in my application.
“They’re not asking me to sing yet, they just want some background info. I probably won’t make it past the pre-screening, but what the heck? If I don’t at least try, I’ll kick myself for years.” I say to myself.
After all, this isn’t like American Idol, where there’s some arbitrary age restriction. It’s not “The Voice” where you’ve got a singing “death match” against your other contestants.
There’s actually an opportunity to sing with AND learn from your super-talented musical partner.
This is Music Biz 101 right here, folks!
And guess what happened?
I got asked to submit a video!
Yeah. Kind of freaked me out, too!
That’s when I realized there’s no such thing as “on a whim,” but that’s a post for my other blog.
I spent the weekend scripting/shooting and obsessing over it. I submitted it this morning.
And that’s all I can say for now. I’ll be charting my progress over at my personal site, but as I come up with useful business nuggets, I’ll be sharing those here.
The first thing I can say is this: You’ve got to be willing to put yourself pretty much through a wringer to be on a show like this. I’ve talked with my friend, Fitarella, and she offered some great advice about handling the criticism and downright venomous responses that can come from the public when you take on something like this. She said that it’s key to be able to let it roll off your back and not lash out, or try to talk back. She was the top vote-getter in Oprah’s OWN network contest a while ago. I figured, if I’m going to do something like this, I should talk to someone that’s been there, done that, right?
So now, it’s just a wait and see kind of thing. They may not even call me back. But if they do, you’ll be hearing from me!