by Lora (admin)
So, You've Made Mistakes
One thing that a performer NEVER does is acknowledge a mistake during their performance.
A musician skips a bar, plays out of tune, or repeats the wrong section - So? They continue on like nothing happened.
An Olympian hits the ice hard after attempting their triple-axle, but they don't so much as brush the white shavings from their buttocks.
The actor who stumbles when he makes his entrance, forgets his big line, or struggles to keep his wig on during the energetic dance routine will do his best to work those mishaps smoothly into the scene.
Two Reasons Not to Wallow
- Bad for the Audience
If every time a performer points out their mistake with a disgruntled facial expression or with an abrupt, "Hey, I just screwed up - sorry!" it takes away any potential enjoyment for the audience.
Not to mention, more often than not, little mistakes go by unnoticed anyway. The big flubs will be hard to miss, yes. But if the performer continues on, allowing the audience to forget, they usually do - forget that is.
- Bad for the Performer
If a performer takes to heart every mistake (or any mistake) they run the risk of making more and even bigger mistakes! It's best to forget about it now and analyze later.
It is not in the performer's best interest to end with a bow... and then point out the mistakes they made.
"Thank you, thank you! Did you notice that during the Bach Partita
that I totally left out a run of notes?"
No. Bow and get off the stage, dummy.What in the World?
What in the world am I talking about? Well, notice anything screwy with the title up there? Noevember is not only not a month, it's not even a word
! But that is how I entitled the subject line of this month's BTS
You may not have noticed. I know that I sure didn't. I saw Noevember at least a dozen times and it looked
good to me!
Here I am breaking the rules. Instead of seeing the typo, cringing, and moving forward, I am making sure
that I bring it to everyone's attention.
Are there any other typos in Noevember's issue? Of course not.
Were there typos in Octoober's, Sepember's, or Awgust's issues? No - not one!
You know what? Just forget that I even brought this up - okay?