Just before Channel Nine’s The Voice hit our screens, I was chatting on the phone to a friend who’s a close mate of Delta Goodrem’s, and she was raving about how utterly blown away she was at the taping of the Blind Auditions.
As she described this beautiful, young girl who sang like an angel and happened to be blind. I immediately got goosebumps and asked if her name was Rachael?
A weird and wonderful 6 degrees of separation situation as I realised it was Rachael Leahcar, which most South Aussies now know.
I have no memory of how she came to our attention at the time, but working years back at SAFM, Adelaide’s own Rachael came into our studio with her mother, and sang her now famous version of Edith Piaf’s Non, je ne regretted rien. Amazing.
It’s easy to get caught up in that extra element that makes up a part of the sum total of this special young lady, her blindness, but she is so much more than that. She has star quality well beyond her disability and her ability.
She reminded me of some exotic, fragile little creature that might have jumped in a time machine, direct from some tucked away little music venue in Paris, circa 1920. She just has this otherworldly aura about her.
At the time, well before her burst onto the Australian TV stage, she was just another hopeful trying to feel her way round a career she should have, but with the usual ‘where do I begin’ navigational issues.
I offered to send her demo to Jaydee Springbett at Sony, who some of you might remember from his stint as a judge on Australian Idol, and who tragically passed away last year.
The point is, that I doubt she ever received a call from him around that particular time, but although the mere mention of the word Sony was thrown around, no doubt would have got her hopes up. And then, nothing.
Rachael, and most of the other contestants share a bond, which is that of rejection. It’s something that nearly every successful person has copped not once, but over and over and over again, before they made it! But unlike many others, not just singers but everywhere in life, these guys kept coming back.
We get so mislead in our heads that a successful person we’ve heard of must have just been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Or destiny just gave them a good ride. But it rarely works like that. At first anyway.
The real inspiration from this story is not simply that of Rachael’s unearthed talent, it’s one that we should all really learn from. How many things have we put off, procrastinated about, or completely let go because of our fear of rejection?
How many times have we attempted to do something to get closer to a dream, yet through one knock back, one response that wasn’t exactly what we’d hoped for, or one other’s negative opinion about our idea have we just fallen in a heap? Too scared to push on again.
And the sad thing about how much many of us fear rejection so much is that we avoid it at all costs, and by default end up avoiding nailing the one thing that could transform our lives and lead to so much happiness.
I’ve been putting this new spin on rejection to work lately and have found myself become less and less afraid of it. I’m getting closer to feeling like rejection is actually a rather exciting little hurdle and one that doesn’t necessarily mean no.
Every time I get close to really letting go because of my fear of rejection, I simply Google someone I admire and read up on all their early rejections. I then run round in my head all day thinking, well, so far I haven’t had nearly as many knock backs as poor old blah, blah, blah had in their day.’
*See next post for 50 SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE WHO FAILED AT FIRST – tell us your story of overcoming fear of rejection OR share what’s holding you back?