This past week, I was the X-Factor in pursuit of becoming The X-Factor of America. At first it was Worst Case Scenario but as the days began to draw closer it become the best case scenario. Call me delusional or call me crazy but I made a strong choice to win Simon Cowell's X-Factor. This past week 27 I was indulged in the process of becoming the X-Factor. I even told people that I am The X-Factor.
Many curious people would respond by saying, "You sing too?" I would respond by saying "I'm an entertainer." In deed, I am. I wouldn't consider myself much of a singer but when you package everything I do and desire it all classifies me as an entertainer. Since my 9th in LA I started to specify my identify and over 180 days later I'm confirming myself as an entertainer. I new that before but I'm saying it with confidence now.
I'm not a singer but Simon himself did say you don't have to be the best signer to become The X-Factor. Which is why I pursued this competition. There are certain songs I can sing very well. Not all, but I know how to choose the right songs for me. In addition, to all the things I accomplished during week 27 I was singer, practicing and preparing along the way. Everywhere I went I was singing and focusing on the prize.
I could literally see the prize in my mind. The vision of victory was clear and I could taste it. This might be funny to you but I my primary song of choice was Harry Belafonte Day-O ( Banana Boat). Simon said to be different and original. I figured no one has ever sang that song in that contest before and so I'll hit them the Banana song. Throughout week 27 and process, I changed my primary song once and I debated on a few other songs I liked such as:
* I-R-I-N-A by Ryan Leslie
* Love Letter by R Kelly
* Feel Like Makin' Love by D'angelo
* and Feelin Hot Hot Hot!
At first I categorized my specialization genre of music as Neo Soul/Soca/Caribbean. Towards the latter part of the week I maintained my focus with Soca/Caribean. A category not represented at these contests. Beside I sound very good in songs that require an accents.
I told a few people what I was doing and they all encouraged me. They probably thought I was crazy but they encouraged me. When I decided to change my primary song Harry Belafonte Day-O ( Banana Boat) my friend Cassandra encouraged to stick with it. At the same time, we advised to learn 2-3 songs for the audition just in case we were asked to sing another. Either way, I was prepared.
By Tuesday (day 183) my initial plans were canceled which allowed me to go clothes shopping. Looking top notch is also an important factor for the X-Factor so I planned to look the part. However, just being able purchase anything new for the show its miracle of its on. During week 24 (mostly likely) or week 25 my mom surprised me by sending me a credit card with my name on it. I don't think I wrote about it in the blog because I didn't plan to use it. Based on how bad my credit is right now that's a real life oxymoron (No Sacrifice No Victory).
I told my mom thank you but I have no intentions of using it. My mom mainly wanted me to use it for food and emergencies. Well, since I declared myself as the X-Factor I had to look like the X-Factor. Which is why I had to use the card for the prefect attire.
I purchased all my clothing from two stores on Hollywood Blvd and I did a good selecting a fit. I had all kinds of ideas for clothing themes but I settled with a colorful theme.
On Wednesday day 184 I even considered coloring my hair for extra flare. Don't worry, by the next morning that idea was cut.
|Motown Maurice tries hair coloring. Epic fail.|
day 179. I tried to take a picture with her but the batteries on my camera went dead.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 (X-Factor registration)
They created a two step process for X-Factor. The first step is registration the day before. Registration started at 6am and I arrived just after 5:30am thinking I was on time. I was on time until I arrived and saw a parking lot full of people. I couldn't believe how many people were there. It was in for a long ride until I noticed a weak spot in the system. When the lines finally started moving around 7am I took a bath room break and then followed one of the big groups that was in place to get their wristband and ticket.
I'm really proud of myself for making that happen. I might of been in line for another 4 hours or so if I didn't sneak in. I had to do something because I had be at You Against The Audience in the early afternoon.
Tune into The Pursuit of a Limitless Entertainer Part 2 to find out what happened next.
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