Masterclass Tip Of The Week: Never Quit. Believe In Yourself.

20130401-155140.jpgDon’t you just love it when you can prove the critics wrong?

Well, American Idol Season 12 judge, Keith Urban, was able to do just that over the course of his very successful career.

According to an interview with Extra’s Terri Seymour, he had this to say:

Keith said he is loving the American Idol experience, telling Terri about the talent shows he participated in as a child as young as the age of 9, “I performed a country song and there was a guy called Bernard King, he was a judge, he had no filter.” Keith memorized exactly what he said to him, “I desperately encourage you to escape the mediocrity, get out of country western, get into real music, otherwise you’ll end up sounding like Dolly Pardon and be absolutely useless.”

Keith clearly proved him wrong! He went on to say, “I think a lot of the naysayers in our lives, end up being far greater fuel for our fire then the believers…I see it on the show with us..”

I couldn’t agree more. Many performers from all walks of life – not just the performing arts – have continued to pursue their dreams with dogged determination and passion. If you have the drive and the talent and, more important, the vision, you truly can achieve success in your chosen profession.

The key here is – never give up! Ever, ever!

Another case in point: superstar Michael Buble. Before he was discovered, he was slugging away, singing his big band music for 10 +years, when he decided that maybe he should just “throw in the towel”. No one was biting.

But his wise manager at that time, a female of course (wink, wink), said to him something to the effect that it was his decision and his career. However, she warned him, don’t come crying to me when another singer becomes famous singing your style of music because you walked away from a career you believed in.

Shortly after that, the legendary David Foster discovered him and the rest is history.

Pretty cool, isn’t it? What a smart, savvy woman and, more important, what a caring influence in his life.

Therefore, to all the Keiths and Michaels out there, keep the dream alive. This goes as well for the Keithettes and Michelles! Ha!

Now about you? Do you have a success story to share? Please add your tale

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

7 Responses to “Masterclass Tip Of The Week: Never Quit. Believe In Yourself.”

  1. I think this is such an uplifting, heartwarming theme! I don’t know how many times I have heard a celebrity tell stories about how he/she was discouraged and told to quit and find something else to do. I remember Harrison Ford talking about some high level studio exec who basically told him that he had no talent as an actor and would never make it. Fortunately for all of us, Ford persevered and achieved the kind of success that would make him a mega-star.

    I think many of us have run into people who have tried to undermine and discourage us from pursuing careers or doing something we really want to do. It’s how we handle it that determines what will happen to us. I have had bosses at work tell me that I didn’t have what it takes, that I wouldn’t be able to cut it. That only made me ever more determined to prove them wrong. And I did!

    Keith Urban and Michael Buble are immensely successful artists whose stories serve to remind all of us that believing in yourself even when nobody else does, is the most important thing of all!


  2. i just finished a memoir by marilyn monroe. she kept being rejected by the studios who told her she wasn’t ‘photogenic’. amazing.


  3. Hunter and Mindy. Thank you for adding two more very good examples of the benefits of self-belief. And, with Mindy’s personal story, that makes three very good examples.

    I don’t know if there’s something in the air lately but I’ve heard so many stories about people who have enjoyed recent success after years of rejection and failure.

    This is what prompted me to introduce this topic this afternoon. And I was spurred on even more so by the news release from Extra, so kudos to them for helping this blog topic come to life.

    Thanks so much.


  4. Keith’s judge, Bernard King, had demonstrated how astute he was by the end of his sentence, given Dolly Parton’s massive success in too many areas to mention. This man could be the next new judge on the X Factor.


  5. Gene – haha! Good one! I love it.


  6. yes, gene, funny!!! also, speaking of x factor judges, bernard king can join simon who told jennifer hudson she should be singing on a cruise ship.


  7. Two names for the Hall of Fame.


    Thomas Alva Edison


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