Madilyn Paige: ‘It’s important to invest in ourselves’

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How The Voice contestant Madilyn Paige followed her dreams.


Ryan Dangerfield | Staff Writer | [email protected]
Photo credit: Collin Cooper | Photo Senior Staff | @coop.97


Madilyn Paige, a former contestant on The Voice, a highly rated singing competition show on NBC, visited UVU on Nov. 5 to talk to students about her experiences while on the show.

“It was a process for me to overcome my fears, it took me stepping out of my comfort zone, shutting off my doubts and believing in myself,” Paige said. “Too many of us are not living our dreams, because we are living our fears.”

Paige auditioned for The Voice in 2014, despite only being 16 years old. She sang David Guetta’s “Titanium”, during the audition and Shakira and Usher offered her the chance to be on their teams. Paige decided to be on Usher’s team.

“It is so important to invest ourselves, when we see a goal we want to meet it takes work to accomplish that goal,” Paige said. “It is truly an investment in ourselves and it is an investment we have to make. You can’t just float along in life, and that is a lesson I am learning every day.”

Paige advanced to the top 20 of the singing competition before being eliminated. In the final round she was coached by country music celebrity Blake Shelton, after Usher selected a different singer to advance in the second round of battles.

“Anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and go for it,” Paige said. “I know you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”

The CareerPassport program offers a variety of different services to students free of charge included in these services are career excursion trips, lecture series, employers tell all events, and monthly job expos.

“It is important to learn to get help from those who are willing to help you. In my career, I could not be successful without the people I have helping me in my life. No matter what career you want to pursue education in all areas is still very important,” said Paige.

The Voice is currently in its ninth season and the artists are being judged/coached by Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton.

“I feel most alive when I am stretching myself, doing new things, and challenging myself that is when I am truly happy,” Paige said. “I know one day I will be wearing green and a Wolverine, because I love this school so much.