In the performing arts, it’s often implied that to be the best, you need to be a super-specialist. While this advice might be applicable when you reach the very top of your performances and popularity, during your earlier days, it may actually be more useful to you to be a well-rounded performer instead of a specialist. Specializing can work brilliantly, but often, there are some problems with this.
Firstly, being well-rounded will allow you to develop your skills in multiple areas, and see which one you’re actually best at in front of your audiences. Secondly, building up a well-rounded skill set will allow you to see things from other performers’ points of view, and will enable you to work better with other creative people to collaborate on the big projects. Thirdly, rounding out your skills will help you to possibly discover talents you may have neglected or never even thought about due to being too close to the situation.
Where You Really Shine
Sometimes, your ultimate talent isn’t going to be as visible to an audience as it is to you. While it would be great if you became famous, acclaimed, and extremely well-compensated for what you think you do best, often, this just isn’t the case in life. Where you really shine might not be where the audience thinks you really shine, and they have more votes than you do early in your career.
Exploring new instruments, such as your voice, can help you to figure out what the people want so you can give it to them really well. Sometimes, your best talents are the ones you never considered to be your best.
Working as a Group
One of the most powerful parts of being a creative professional is a thing that’s called synergy. When two or more people who are each excellent in their own rights trust one another, they can play off of each other’s abilities and make something far better than either one could have done all on their own. This is often why musicians start bands, because each person is excellent at their part of things.
It’s far too easy to get caught up in all of the ego, and to presume that everyone else’s work is nowhere near as difficult or skill-intensive as one’s own. But then, you have to carry a certain level of respect for your fellow artists if you’re ever going to make some of the best art there is. This means you have to be able to appreciate things like sound, visual design, and even learn to sing better to get how a vocalist’s life is.
Finding Your Best
Your best work may be something you never even considered doing. If you’ve been hyper-focused on one aspect of your creative life, it may seem troubling to think that you may have ignored your highest talent. The thing is you can always uncover new skills that might help you create that much better.