The actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime. ~Herbert Otto
Let’s face it… sometimes you may feel down and wonder if your dreams will ever happen. When this happens to me, I find watching Susan Boyle’s video very inspiring.
Who is Susan Boyle?
About a year ago this unknown person created a huge sensation at her audition on Britain’s Got Talent TV show. Her performance stunned the audience and the cynical judges.
Susan came into the world deprived of oxygen at her birth. This cause mild brain damage and learning disabilities for. Her classmates often made her the butt of jokes, bullied and teased her because she was slow and not very attractive.
She would find solace in music at an early age. At age 12 she began performing in school productions. Her teachers recognized her talent and encouraged her to continuing performing.
Susan’s mother was her biggest fan. She supported her daughter’s dream to become a professional singer. Susan sang at local venues and won local singing competitions.
In 1995, she auditioned for the U.K. televised talent show, My Kind of People, and got rejected. She continued to sing at local churches, hotel lounges and local competitions.
Susan kept dreaming of the day when the world would recognize her talent. Encouraged by her mother, she used her savings in 1999 to pay for a professionally cut demo tape. She sent the demo to record companies, radio talent competitions, local and national TV.
She made several amateur recordings for benefits and local performances, but seemed resigned to only local notoriety. To help improve her chances for fame, she took taking singing lessons from voice coach Fred O’Neil.
Susan’s mother said she should enter Britain’s Got Talent, a TV program, they both watched together. She told Susan she believed she would win. Susan’s mother would not live to see her daughter perform on Britain’s Got Talent. She auditioned for the program as a final tribute to her mother.
Susan would win second place but her talent received the recognition she desired. The 48-year-old churchgoing celebrity recorded her first CD "I Dreamed a Dream." It broke Billboard 200 records by selling 701,000 copies sold in its first week—the best sales frame for an album in 2009.
Susan Boyle made #1 on the Billboard charts with her album. She holds the record this year for the biggest first-week sales of any album and the largest ever sales debut for a female artist. Impressive!!! She would stay #1 for six week.
When asked if she sometimes wished that she had not left Blackburn and had kept her life simple – Susan responds with definite NO!
In a recent interview Susan said "dreams do not have an expiry date – and I am thrilled to still be living mine."
BTW… I find Susan’s CD very inspiring especially the song "Who I was born to be."
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