Even without knowing you, the reader, I firmly believe that you’re capable of successfully diversifying your skill set and taking on a wide range of performing opportunities to create a consistent stream of income. What you need to ask yourself, is not why I have these limiting beliefs, but what is my next task to start improving my performing skills and when do I start?
Gone are the days when the majority of people were able to finish school and go straight into a “job for life”, even if there was promotion they would stay in the same company until they retired. This has changed in the last few decades where job security has lessened and employees were more likely to be made redundant, so were jumping ship beforehand, or taking a career break as the opportunity to do so was more prevalent.
For most people, they can expect to change jobs/careers about seven times throughout their life, however in the performing arts world job security is mostly not the norm. So in order to maintain employment in your chosen performance area you need to have a diverse range of skills to ensure you’re able to take as many opportunities as possible.
It would be a worthwhile exercise to review your current skill set and whether they are at a high enough standard to be able to take on a related job. During this review process it might become clear that there are some improvements that need to be made to increase your chances in taking those opportunities successfully. You might also find that there are some gaps in your knowledge that removes are large selection of chances from your list of options, so this will be something where you want to begin undertaking some training.
When looking at any training it can be overwhelming in terms of time, cost and pre-existing knowledge needed. These are all limiting beliefs that hold you back from achieving your potential as a performer and enjoying the success you dream of.
I have had to overcome a number of limiting beliefs to weave my own path of varying career opportunities, from being able to sell my services as a vocal coach to teaching a class of degree students on the music industry. In each situation and all those in between I had doubts in my ability to do these roles to a high enough standard even though I had the necessary training. Due in large part to my innate optimism I jump head first into these and most every other opportunity I had regardless of the crippling self doubts. Each time I have done this it has had a successful result, so even though I still get those doubts bubbling up, and we all do, my experience has taught me to not dwell on these limiting beliefs as it’s all in my head.