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Saturday, July 25, 2009

How A Talent Show Can Be A Win For All

I did something I rarely do today... I judged a talent contest. I know, it's usually against my principles. However, this one was a win for everyone. Let me tell you about my friend Wynne Adams and her "Galaxy Of Stars" songwriting contest: Wynne is first of all interested in judges who can help her contestants be better at what they do. This is not a situation where people are told that they are horrible. It is an event where people who enter the contest actually benefit, no matter how they place.
  1. The judging was completely legitimate... there was no pressure or even subtle suggestion who we should "like" by Wynne or anyone else connected with the event.
  2. All contestants got written notes of constructive, professional feedback and assessment of their songs by 5 pro writers.
  3. All contestants are treated with decency and respect, no matter how well they write. Actually, we judged demos they had recorded, so there was no "putting them on the spot" and belittling them.
  4. In doing their demos, the contestants got valuable experience recording their voices. For some, this took courage they had to summon to show their wares in public... and truly be heard.
I like this contest. I love Wynne for her care of people. I was very pleased with the caliber of persons who were my fellow judges. All songwriters win... and those that are ready for prime time will have a shot at it.

Have you been in a contest that benefited you (or NOT)? How do you feel about talent contests?

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  • At July 26, 2009 at 2:07 PM , Anonymous Susie said...

    Never been in a talent contest, didn't know I had any until later in life and haven't pursued any. Recently started playing drums, so who knows, maybe somewhere there is a contest for over 40!

    It sounds like a great thing, I don't enjoy watching the reality talent thats so contrived and calculated for ratings. This sounds like a sound event in all senses of the word.

  • At July 26, 2009 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Thanks, Susie.. yes, I hate those reality shows and contests, too. They seem to hurt a lot of people.


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