With the first episode of Chasing Nashville behind me, I’m breathing a little easier. I’m not used to leaving the details up to someone else, so not being involved in the editing process was a bit scary. At least they didn’t show me picking my nose or saying something so stupid that my family disowned me. I particularly liked the shot of me looking like Snoopy from Charlie Brown with my nose in the air and what was up with that silly grin on my face? The producers must have loved this shot because they kept going back to it so much that it became comic relief with friends and family watching. Ok… enough about me.
More about me… I’m sure there are those who wonder why I decided to take on a show of this nature. First and foremost, I have a passion for discovering talent. There is nothing more rewarding than to find that nugget of an artist and watching it grow into something special and that is what this show is all about… replete with drama.
How can anyone expect to have a “reality” show about seven teenage girls and their parents and not have drama? The reality is; these are girls who have real hopes and dreams. Some of them will look back on this moment as a fun adventure while there are a couple that, I predict, will find success in the music industry. The key is keeping their heads on straight and monitoring their expectations. Everyone wants it NOW, but greatness takes time. One of my favorite books is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. In short, he theorizes that to become an expert in any field, you have to apply yourself for at least 10 thousand hours. This certainly applies to developing artists.
So I encourage all aspiring artists, especially the girls on the show, to take it slow and enjoy the ride. Put in the necessary hours it takes to become great. The old adage, “practice makes perfect” makes perfect sense. If you’re shooting for anything short of being the best, it’s time to re-evaluate.
Be sure to check out next week’s episode of Chasing Nashville next Tuesday October, 30th at 9pm CST on The Lifetime Network.