One of the most important aspects of being an Artist is LISTENING. First, you must listen to your own voice- not just your singing voice, but your INNER voice. The voice that guides your taste, choices, decisions, and ultimately, your path. Second, you must listen to the voice of your TEACHERS and mentors. It is unwise to try to tackle singing completely alone. It's a communal art, and you should find a set of ears that you can trust to help you grow. Lastly, you must listen to the voices that DISAGREE with you-those that give thoughtful (not mean, negative, or hurtful) critique. Have the toughness to listen objectively. True critique can be difficult to hear, but it's crucial to growth. Be willing to listen to yourself, your mentors, and your critics-you'll have no choice but to become a True Artist!