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Turning Your Talent Into A Career Won't Happen Over Night

Updated on December 25, 2011

Like many of us who DREAM of turning our talents into a career reality, 85% of us are still dreaming about it, 15% of us actually make the dream a REALITY. That's the difference... The ones who only dream it, sit there and talk about it, but aren't ready or willing to go and chase the dream until it is caught by reality...

Nobody is going to bring your talents and dreams to life, because nobody knows you better than you yourself. Turning your talents into a career doesn't happen overnight. For instance, you may have the natural talent to be an actor/actress, but unless you practice, have a determined mind set, and perform auditions and perfect your talents, it won't take you to Hollywood overnight. It takes determination, total whole-hearted dedication, acceptance of both positive and negative criticisms, and doing the actual footwork it takes to get you to where you want to be.

Don't know where to start? Start with you. Start by writing and keeping a journal of when and where and how you are or plan on working on your talent. Start making home videos of you at your very best, and PERFECT AND POLISH your already God-given talent. Do a talent scout search. Put together a "Career Portfolio" of you. In it, put your best photos, your demos, and make the "Career Portfolio" your own. Keep a journal of the positive and negative criticisms that you get, just so you know what needs to be worked on, and what just needs a polishing.

Take me for instance. I am a natural born singer. I have the natural born vocal talent. I'm not going to be on America's Got Talent tomorrow, because I already know I need proper vocal training to perfect what's already good. I dedicate at least one or two hours DAILY to my vocal exercises and singing. No matter how GOOD you think you are, if you don't practice, and dedicate yourself, there's going to be a lot of "NO" words handed to you verbally, because most talent agents know EXACTLY what to look for. If you give them your best, you'll get the best criticism... If you give them just your "NORMAL" talent, without working on it, prepare to get a boot right out the door.

i know from experience myself. I auditioned for a talent agency here in Oregon. The comment from the lady who was conducting the auditions, was: "You have a great singing voice, but we can't accept you, because you have too much Vibrato in your voice." Oh, you can bet I was not happy with her remark, and that was the most awful thing I have ever heard. But, I can't let it ruin my day. There are other opportunities, other ways to conquer this and you just have to know in your gut what you are bringing to the table, so to speak, is what they want. Positive affirmations are also a part of succeeding with bringing your talent to career status. Constantly telling yourself that you "suck" or you're "not meant for this" is going to trick your brain into thinking that you actually DO "suck", or that you actually are "NOT meant for this".

You are the product of the product. In other words, you are what you bring to the table. If you bring exellence at its best, then you are the excellence. If you bring the not so good excellence of your product, then you are not so good. It starts with you. You can not expect to have a negative attitude and be pessimistic, because that's when you fail at making your dream a reality. Keep telling yourself "Yes I can, and I will", and practice, dedicate yourself, be determined, aquire the drive, and put the pedal to the medal so to speak. And, who knows, you might be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, if you play your cards right. And that is how to turn your natural born talents into a career. EFFORT is key.

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    • shea duane profile image

      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      Good luck to you!

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Follow your dreams, and I agree effort is the the key.

      Welcome to HubPages.