The 7 Worst Things about Bombing
Other than the act of bombing a performance itself, here are the seven worst things about bombing on stage:
- Hearing how your performance/speech was “interesting.” Code for “It’s all I can do to keep from laughing in your face.”
- Having someone say, “It’s great to see people try something new.” (Does the 100th time count as something new?)
- Receiving pity hugs and pats on the back. Code for “My condolences on the loss of your dignity.”
- Noticing people avoid eye contact, or seeing the fear in someone’s eye as you approach them. (Be scared. Be very scared! I have to rub this bad juju off on someone!)
- Forgetting to smile and laugh like everything is OK. (My mouth is busy licking my wounds, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.)
- Not noting all the exits in the building before taking the stage. A quick escape trumps all the above-mentioned humiliation.
- Deciding this one bad performance defines not only who you are as a performer, but also who you are as a person. (I shall stay in bed pondering every decision I have ever made, my existence and the perseverance of the universe despite my best and worst efforts. Life is being. Life is BEING!)
On the plus side: self-awareness means you have the ability learn and grow. So there’s that.