Where’s My Spotlight?

Don't go running after the spotlight. Stay right where you are, and turn your spot into a light.

I read this great blog post this morning about how many of us crave to be celebrities – and how we raise up celebrities in our society.  (Post link below). And it got me thinking about my own insecurities as a performer and motivational speaker – and my own desire for the spotlight.

I love the music business – or at least the part I see – where the artists really appreciate each other for their gifts and talents. Where it really is about the music. When they compliment another musician, it’s not out of jealousy but out of pure appreciation for their gift – an appreciation for the music.

So why does the art of another performer sometimes make me jealous? Why do the laughs of another comedian make me feel less than? Why does the success of another speaker make me feel threatened? Why do I constantly wonder if I’m good enough? Why do I crave someone else’s spotlight?

Should the singer quit because she doesn’t sound like Celine Dion? Should the painter stop painting because he’s no Da Vinci?  Should the dancer give up because she was cast in the chorus line instead of the lead? Should the artist stop creating because they aren’t in the spotlight?

I already know the answer, because I’ve already faced this question, and decided that I will do what I love, even if I don’t get the spotlight. That I will continue to change lives, even if nobody ever knows my name. That I will remember, when all is said and done, it’s really about the music.


Here’s the link I mentioned: http://goinswriter.com/dont-be-a-celebrity/


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  1. Kelly,
    I  think you missed the ‘different’ angle. Can you compare Picasso/Rembrandt/Dali to Da Vinci? Uniqueness has its own value. As a funny motivational speaker if you make your own way, you never have to be in the chorus.

  2. Appreciate where you both are coming from. I always say Dare NOT to Compare as challenging as it might be to do some days. Whether we’re motivational speakers, painters, or dancers there are some individuals who will think our work is brilliant and others who see it differently. That’s okay, plenty of room for all of us to continue to do what we love. And I love what you do.

  3. Phenomenal advice Kelly. Not just for motivational speakers, but for EVERYONE out there.  All of us.  Thank you!!!

  4. I really appreciate the beautiful music you make as a motivational speaker, Kelly! 

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