Just an interesting fact about me: I actually have a fervent passion towards acting and because of that, I actually took up English Drama (Theatre Arts) as my Co-Curricular Activity for the next two years ^^ I don’t have much experience with acting in front of a huge crowd; I have only done a Romeo and Juliet role-play and a Macbeth role-play, both just to my classmates.
I know many people are fearful of performing in front of masses. And that fear would also lead to break-downs or mind-blanks some times. One of the reasons is because we are too conscious about what others think of us. Some of us are too afraid of screwing up; some are too afraid of the consequences that come after it. Some are simply worried that the audience will not enjoy their performance.
Sometimes, we mess up in performances… It is something totally undesirable and we would feel indignant after putting in so much effort. People would then come and console us, by saying, “It’s okay.” No offence, but I don’t entirely support the use of these words. In my opinion, screwing-up is NOT okay. It is something that you have done incorrectly and should be admitted outright.
All I am saying is that if we slip and fall, we should strive to stand back up on our feet by giving our best for the rest of the performance. As punishment for messing up, we need to work harder for the rest of the performance in order to rectify it.
In life, we can never predict what will happen next. As a result, what determines our future is not what event that happens, but how we deal with the events. When life gives you lemons, you can either look at it, in which nothing will happen, or squeeze it, which will make a refreshing lemonade to drink.
If you’re simply crying over spilt lemonade and constantly dwelling on past errors,
But really, what has happened has happened, and we have no ability to change history. Don’t let past traumas dampen your current spirit! History is indeed important, so let it be a lesson learnt, and instead, do your best to write better stories in the present and future! Remember your mistakes and how you felt, so that you will never want to feel the same way again.
We have the power to mould the future, by deciding on our current course of action. Utilise the time moping around, to reflect on why the mistakes happened and work on it for subsequent performances. This will definitely ensure a smaller chance of screwing-up!
tl;dr Be afraid of messing up, but at the same time, work hard in order to curb that fear. And always pick yourself back up after you mess up, because nothing’s going to be accomplished by lying in the mess you created.
Thank you very much for being a wonderful audience!
*lights out, curtains fall*