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Coming Back From Imposter Syndrome

My musical journey began around age six. That’s the year I had my first solo performance. It was on the trombone. The song I performed was When The Saints Go Marching In. This was the first of many musical “wins” I experienced at a young age, well before I became a music student in college.

Despite the plethora of experiences, accolades, and accomplishments I made early in life, I still went into the adult world feeling like an imposter and struggling with severe performance anxiety. I avoided opportunities that presented themselves, chose projects that weren’t me, and deferred to others who didn’t have my knowledge and experience.

When I tell friends this today, they are shocked. Even the ones who knew me back then. I had used my social chameleon to convince them I was exactly where I wanted to be. The bigger problem, of course, was that my chameleon convinced me, as well.

It would have taken a mere glance at myself to see through my own deceit and self-imposed obstacles. But I didn’t know to look. And I didn’t have someone else to point my eyes in the right direction, and be there to nudge me forward.

Still, I got there, despite the unnecessary strolls around the block it took me to arrive. And the journey instilled in me an unquenchable thirst for helping others like me take a much shorter path. I essentially designed the Female Lead Singer membership bundle for myself – a much younger version of myself. Come to think of it, the Budding Songwriter bundle is also for a younger me. These things are the closest I can get to going back in time and doing better for myself.

I encourage you, wherever you are on your path, to take regular quiet moments to ask yourself two questions:

  1. Is there something I’m lying to myself, or misleading myself about that’s negatively impacting something important to me?
  2. What can I do to stop the lie, and if need be, who can help me?

I’m happy with where I am today but sad for the younger me who needed support and didn’t have it. Let me be that support for you, if you need it, and make it a goal to learn to be that support for yourself.

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  1. You have used the experience of your life so beautifully! After all you went through you created programmes that help other singers. “Let me be that support for you” – how this sounds!. You have opened your heart to others widely and this is a treasure. And source of life.

  2. Thank you so much, Malgosia! This really is what it’s all about, isn’t it? I feel that more strongly the older I get.