UW Oshkosh student Max Khang auditioned to be a part of The Voice last Tuesday, making what he says is his life’s dream come true.
“I never had the resources to travel to another city to participate in the auditions, and luckily this year everything went perfectly in front of me,” Khang said. “At 21, I believed it was time for me to shine and show the growth of my vocal abilities.”
Khang is a senior specializing in social service leadership with a minor in women and gender studies, as well as a certificate in LGBTQ + studies.
In a Facebook post from five years ago, Khang wrote, “I will be auditioning for The Voice someday, and all of my relatives will be proud of me; it is a huge step compared to my comfort level, but i will get there eventually.
He said the pandemic has been tough on everyone, but it was sometimes a blessing in disguise as it made things easier to do virtually.
“I just knew that this year’s audition was easily accessible to me, I didn’t have to travel and study, and I had the opportunity to sit in my room, my safe space and stay. ‘be my real me,’ he said. “I chose this year because I felt prepared and confident in my own voice and who I am as a testimony.”
Khang said the audition process was very different from what people might think. He said people don’t just perform in front of the jury.
“The audition process is that you have to pass your first audition, have an encore, have some other auditions, before you step into the actual recording of the show,” he said. “The application process for the show is fairly straightforward by creating an artist account and filling in all the information.
“Eventually you register in a virtual hearing room and then the countdown to your hearing begins once you hit submit,” he said. “Then you wait until the day of your hearing and participate to decide whether or not to take the next steps in the process. “
Khang said he didn’t make it to the next round, but he was glad he did.
“It’s honestly so different, it’s just a virtual hearing room, then you submit it, then they review it and email you a confirmation if you go to the next round.”
Khang said that one thing he took away from this opportunity was to be grateful for the experience and to take that leap of faith.
“I’ve won the UWO Talent Show twice in a row and I think stepping onto this major stage is the next step in helping me become the artist I want to be someday,” he said. declared. “This experience is what will help me grow as an individual will also help me share with the world that the Hmong are here and that we can achieve achievable goals like everyone else.
Khang said he wants to bring his homosexuality, confidence, vulnerability and freedom to the Hmong community and he hopes he will enlighten the community with his voice as well.
“Mental health is at the forefront of my being and my existence,” he said, “and I want my voice to reshape the way my community views mental health.”
He said he wanted his experience to show young queer Hmong children that anything is possible and that taking a leap of faith is much more powerful than rejection.
“Be patient,” Khang said. “Everything that is supposed to be yours will be yours. “