A few posts ago, I wrote about Inner Posh, and Nelly is the perfect example of someone with this inner confidence that we must all possess to be successful in what we do. We could tell that she genuinely cares about her students and wants to share her knowledge about style and vocal technique with us, and she does it in such a way that makes us WANT to learn. She has a warm, welcoming aura about her and exudes positive energy, making her a vibrant person to be around.
One would assume that due to her successes in her career she may be somewhat full of herself or pretentious but that would be a completely incorrect assumption. She is far from the negative connotation of a typical Diva and her persona is an ideal example of a new era and meaning for us as Opera Divas. She carries herself with class and elegance but is still very down-to-earth and “real.” Her outward style is refined and yet practical. She has an amazing sense of humor while still being serious about opera. She knows her craft so well that her inner drive and passion make her want share it openly with the world. It was a life changing experience to be in her presence for three weeks not only as a student but as friend. We all became beyond excited when she added us on social media to keep in touch during and after our time at MOS.One of the things that I took from her teachings was the devotion to your own personal artistry.
During one of the first days of instruction she said matter of factly, “Perform for yourself, not the audience”. I think this is a great quote because people become performers for the wrong reasons. They do it for the attention and money, but these plusses of becoming a professional opera singer are outside forces that cannot make any person truly happy. A true artist is not interested in becoming rich or receiving massive amounts of attention, or having a seemingly glamorous lifestyle, but for the inner peace they feel when practicing his or her art. The money and fame are absolute and not always a given even for the most successful and should never be initially chased after. Nelly stressed to us that she absolutely loves the music, and THAT is why she sings opera. Even in an audition, when adrenaline is rushing & nerves are unsteady, the music is the focus.
We could tell that Nelly is a happy person – and I don’t only mean happy in the sense that she appears happy on the outside. We could tell that she has inner happiness due to her choice to live a life devoted to what gives her inner calm: music. Since she takes care of her own artistic need with opera, she can be a positive force in the world, and we certainly could use more people like that.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
It is important for everyone to find their inner happiness and inner peace – no matter what it is that gets them there. It may be a selfish journey at first with some soul searching, but once you discover what makes you truly happy, you can help spread positivity in your daily life. Exuding positive energy is necessary in this world and being aware of what makes you “tick” leads to being aware of your emotions, and sharing the human experience with other people when you are happy, sad, excited, in love, etc., reminds us all that we are human and that we are on this amazing adventure together called life.
“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” – Oscar Wilde
“There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.” – Howard Thurman
Have a great day, fellow Poshies. Do something today that makes you happy.