On My Way to Public Humiliation

Dear Reader,

This is just a quick post to say that, by the time this gets published, I will be preparing for tomatoes to be thrown at me while I try to maintain the courage/insanity to express my innermost feelings of darkness. In other words, I am attending my first open mic night. I have no idea what is going to happen. I have never been to this bar before, though I suppose that I should have done that prior to attending. Oh well. It’s a little late for that now. All I know is that they have an open mic, they have microphones that you can use, and that people attend and watch you.

My apologies in advance if you show up at this thing and I make your ears bleed. (As you can probably tell, I have extreme confidence in my abilities.)

Sincerely,

Charlie

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14 Responses to On My Way to Public Humiliation

  1. “This is just a quick post to say that, by the time this gets published, I will be preparing for tomatoes to bethrown at me while I try to maintain the courage/insanity to express my innermost feelings of darkness. In other words, I am attending my first open mic night.” Other than bethrown should have a space between.., I’ve no doubt any and all creative souls have felt and do feel what you have expressed. Julie Andrews in her one woman show, recently in U.K. expressed those sentiments. The legend in her early 80s and having lost one of the greatest singing voices in history … and beloved Zsa Zsa Gabor ~ alive in a wheelchair, having lost one of her glamorous legs … hmm, I like this book. Read it. And then re-write something to re-express yourself. Glass People Paperback
    by Jumbled Writer … http://www.amazon.com/Glass-People-Jumbled-Writer/dp/1483933261/

    • Yes, it’s kind of amazing how many people, even decades into their careers, still suffer from stage fright. But it’s worth it if it means that you get to express the feelings and ideas you have.
      -Charlie

  2. I heard even Paul Newman panicked before scenes in his movies were shot. Don’t worry too much – be the great person you are Jumbled Writer. The worst scenario is someone doesn’t like you – but there will be those that do too. Good luck.

    • It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I literally thought I was going to die when I walked on stage, so, considering that I didn’t, I would say it went well! I definitely encourage you to attend one if you are interested. It’s nerve-wracking for sure, but also empowering to work through the anxiety!

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