In an interview, Reese Witherspoon was asked this question regarding her role in Walk The Line:
| Q. How difficult was learning to sing and then copying someone else’s style? |
A. I started working on trying to sound like June from the very beginning. It was one of those things where I thought I was going to be fantastic. I listened to her CDs and sang in my car for about a month before I had a voice lesson or did any recording, and I thought ‘I’m so going to nail this’! Then we had an initial meeting with Joaquin, which was the first time he and I had ever meet, and he wasn’t sure whether we should start but I was like ‘get me in there coach!’
But when I heard it played back for the first time I was like “you’re kidding me! I’m much better than that. I don’t hit all those awkward notes or make mistakes like that.” I immediately hit the panic button and called my attorney four times in a row and asked him to get me out of this because I was determined not to suck in the movie. But after many arguments and discussions they finally made me go back and start working with a vocal coach. It took me five months to get to the point where I could actually hear the playback and it didn’t sound like nails on a chalk board.
Later in the same interview, she was asked:
| Q. And yet your singing is so impressive that it makes me wonder whether you’ve been wanting to sing all your life? |
A. Well I always wanted to be Dolly Parton when I was a little girl. I was obsessed with her. And I did really want to be a Broadway kid. But one summer I begged my mother to send me to a camp in upstate New York where they did singing, dancing and acting. At the end of the camp they evaluate you and basically tell you whether or not you’ve got a shot at making it. I was told completely, without exception, I should never sing again. It planted a seed in me that I just was not capable of doing that and nor should I ever be asked to. If I was, then I should refuse adamantly. So when this all came up I was terrified. But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear.
And she credits it to determination and the right kind of coaching! If you don't have a mentor or coach, I highly encourage you to find one who resonates with you because if she can go from sounding like nails on a chalk board to singing exceptionally well, what makes you think you can't achieve something similar with your business?