Messing Up A Performance

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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

No pun intended ;)

No pun intended 😉

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*

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Your Lie in April, Episode 10: Love Song

Beneath the Tangles

Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) had danced in and out of the theme of grace for nine episodes, and so, I expected the gospel message to be delivered in it’s full force at some point – I just didn’t know it would come so soon.

This was a precious, precious episode.

It begins with an unexpected flashback to a conversation between Arima and Watari, where the latter says something very important:

In the face of adversity – that’s when you know if someone is the real deal or not.

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That quote sets up the adversity in this episode, where Arima must again face his demons and decide whether to retreat, as he has for the past two years, or to have faith in the one who believes in him when he doesn’t even believe in himself.

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Light VS Dark

{DxM II}

Hope shines bright. However, when hope is enveloped by despair, it will not be able to radiate its brilliance. Similarly, the sun is the most significant source of light in the world. But when shrouded by rain clouds, incoming solar radiation will not be able to reach the surface of the Earth.

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Nonetheless, no matter how tenebrous the future seems, no matter how hopeless the situation looks, we should not despair. Instead, we should always remain optimistic and forge ahead.

In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch once said,

Courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.

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In the day, there is the sun.

In the night, there are the stars.

We are constantly being showered with hope from the skies above.

Grey clouds may clot the sky temporarily,

But the sun and stars will always be there for us.

Every single day…

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For the above two scenes, the literary device used is imagery, one of the strongest and most common device found in literature. Here, words and phrases, such as ‘rain clouds’, ‘dark road’, ‘stars’, are used to create mental images for the reader, helping the reader to visualise and gain a clearer understanding of what the author is trying to say.

Other Examples: The gushing brook stole its way down the lush green mountains, dotted with tiny flowers in a riot of colors and trees coming alive with gaily chirping birds.

Reference: http://literary-devices.com/content/imagery