The information in the below post was taken out of an interview I did with the owner and personal friend of a company called Wear to Win http://www.weartowin.com/
JILLIAN SPEECE BACKGROUND INFO:
From My lips…
I started singing when I was 2 years old. (In the privacy of my home and for preschool shows ) My mother “Marla” got me into singing, she has a beautiful voice and she would sing to me and my older sister all the time. She was one of the first people to ever encouraged me to sing. My first distinct memory of singing a solo in public took place in 3rd grade. My choir teacher selected me to sing a solo part for the song, “Yesterday “by The Beatles. After many days of trying to convince my teacher that he had chosen the wrong person to sing the solo (I did this because I was deathly afraid of singing in public, I was a very shy girl). Eventually, I gave in and sang it (this happened after much cohesion by my parents and the teacher). To my surprise it went great! I didn’t mess it up, trip, drop the mic, or have hiccups during the song. All of my fears did not come true. Now, looking back upon that time, I laugh, its funny to recall how shy I was. My shyness affected my life in a great way for a long time. Initially, when I would sing in public I would shake, I would shake so bad that when I held up the lyrics I could not read them. After many years of facing my fear my deep rooted love for singing and supportive family lifted me through my fears and inhibitions. Praise God for that. As the years continued I broke out of my fears. Mind you it took years of forcing myself to sing in public before I got to a high level of comfort on stage. Currently, I LOVE PERFORMING and I am no longer shy. Also, I went to college on a full ride for golf. I just graduated from college, with a Double major in: Media and Public Communication and Interpersonal Relationship Communication and a Peace and Conflicts Minor, this past May 2010 and currently I am a full time musician/singer-songwriter. For the last 6 years I have been performing with Nathan Hoff (who is my boyfriend and was a Division One Golfer too). Within the last year we named our group, The Bergamot. This fall we are going on a National Tour! For more info on that you can visit our website, www.thebergamot.com.
J:I stuck with golf because I saw the potential opportunities it offered me. I loved playing golf for many reasons. It kept me focused, disciplined, physically fit, organized, it offered me socialization, it gave me quality time with loved ones, and it offered me both competition and opportunities to excel in my educational goals. Because, I continued playing golf I reaped the reward of landing a full ride to play division one collegiate golf and from that I earned a wonderful education.
J: Geez, the life skills I have developed through the game have been life altering in more than one way. Through the game I learned what it meant to be a person of character and how to hold a positive attitude . Both are indispensable assets that work and help me be a successful musician. Additionally, I learned how to socialize and network. I can not tell you how often those skills come into play in the music industry. With persistence, talent, and good communication skills you can make it happen!
-You are certainly following your dreams! What words of advice do you have for girls following theirs?
J: I would start by sharing that life may not always give you a good hand or seem fair, especially when pursuing your dreams. So make sure when you follow your dreams that along the way you are having fun. When pursuing your dreams be true to yourself and your creator. Be sure to recognize when you are pursuing your dreams it is very important to have a yearning passion to help others through your talents and deep down in the pit of your soul make sure you are following your dreams because you have that yearning passion to help others, not a sole passion to fill up your bank account.
Never, lose faith in yourself or humanity. Be patient, continue to try, continue to be better,learn from your mistakes. Did you know that it took inventor Thomas Edison 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” I love this quote because it displays how important determination is. Imagine if Edison would have stopped at 999, we probably would not have lights today. In conclusion, be strong, flow your heart, and give your talents to the world in hopes that you can inspire others to live life in a more profound way. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Follow your dreams to make the world a better place, and everything will be OK. 🙂