DOZ Issue 39 January 2019 - Page 23

(she laughs). They’re there to have an experience, to enjoy a performance, to be entertained and to be blessed if it’s in the church, etcetera. So, they don’t know, and they don’t care what you’ve been through. They just want to have the person come up and change their lives. And so I’m able to, thanks to all these years of training and technique build- ing and all of that, know what to do come what may and deliver. And that’s where professionality comes in. The performer needs to, come rain, come shine, come little flu, come little whatever, be able to give that quality of per- formance that is expected of the performer. And success is to be able to maintain and increase the quality, the output, over the years, in a very consistent way otherwise we have what we call these flash in the pan stars who come, do one single, one big thing, and then poof, they’re gone. Voila! So that for me is the answer. Okay, thank you for sharing that. So, with regards to your journey, going to school and learning to sing, what did you find most challenging and what did you find most fulfilling or rewarding? Hmm…yes challenging. That one is very important. So, I told you that I fell in love with this music and as a result of this passion, for something extraordinary, I had to make a lot of sacrifices, and that means nothing good comes cheap, right? (She laughs). Even though the best things are free, I 23 got up and left everything that I knew at the age of twenty-one. I left home for the first time, left my country, left my family, left every- thing that I called home and was dear to me, and I set out on this journey very importantly alone. That part of it, alone, is the part that I want to bring out, solitude. Solitude is not necessarily a bad thing, it doesn’t necessarily have to turn to loneliness, but it means when you want to fulfill your dream you will most likely have to do it alone. You may get support, you may get people who will help you along the way and all of that, but a huge part of it will be just you and your God. The many years in France when I was doing all of this, in a country where I didn’t know anybody, I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t have DOZ Magazine | January 2019