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DON’T DO THIS!

  |   Arnette Oatis   |   No comment

5 Steps to Avoid An Awful Performance

Last week, we reminded you of preparations needed to ensure a great show. Lack of practice and presentation create the perfect storm for a bad show. Avoid the next 5 things like the plague.

DON’T THINK YOU CAN WING IT WITHOUT PRACTICE

Many performers have the audacity to think they can avoid rehearsal and waste fans money by giving a horrible performance. You have to practice! Plot out your show and get help. If you can’t afford a choreographer, get the friend or family member who’s a good dancer to help you with the show. Write out a script of what you will say to your audience ahead of time, so you won’t have any “um” moments during the show. Come up with a contingency plan for situations where band members don’t show up, instruments break, mics don’t work, or for when you simply run out of steam.


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Photo by Ozan Safak on Unsplash

DON’T FORGET TO PROMOTE YOUR SHOWS

Living in a digital age has its perks. One of them being free access to a mass of people through your social media platforms. Take advantage of it. Come up with a promotion campaign to inform your audience of your show dates. Make video commercials with your phone and place them on IG, Facebook or YouTube. Use Google Docs to make online flyers using pictures from your phone. Take advantage of free apps and programs like Canva, Pixaby and Unsplash, to come up with captivating flyers and advertisements.


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Photo by Evan Dvorkin on Unsplash

DON’T GET HIGH OR DRUNK BEFORE THE SHOW

Some people think they need the extra boost of alcohol or drugs to “help” them have a good show. They may feel the drugs helps them cure their stage fright or hypes them up. But they don’t need it. Often times, artists become so drunk or high they become impaired and look sloppy. Enjoy the moment. Let the love emanating from your audience give you that natural high. You will be sharper with your words and dancing, and you won’t have to worry about the meme that will come about as a result of your sloppy ways.

DON’T BRING YOUR EGO

Some people become so superior or condescending to the “little people” a.k.a. staff, at the mere whiff of a promotion or a little elevation to their platform. You want to make sure that you appreciate the people who are helping you along the way. While you are in the process of booking shows, rehearsing, and doing the behind the scenes work to get the show off of the ground, make it easy for everyone by having a positive and pleasant attitude. Make sure that your staff members are motivated in the right way; not feeling as if they are working for an ungrateful tyrant who is just out for themselves.  Acknowledge those who are going the extra mile to help you get to the place you want to be. Remember there is no “I” in team, and that it will take a team to help you reach the top.


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Photo by Josh Gordon on Unsplash

DON’T FORGET TO ENJOY EVERY STEP TO THE TOP

And lastly, don’t forget to enjoy every step you are taking to reach your goals. Zechariah 4:10 says, ‘Do not despise these small beginnings…” (NLT). Don’t look at the beginning stages of the process with disdain or run through it in haste. Appreciate every little step or person it took to make the show a success. Document everything so you can look back with pride at how you achieved your goals.


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