Has this happen to you and how did you handle it.

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    Dec 14, 2007 1:44 PM GMT
    Last night during my final dress rehearsal and sound check.

    I was on stage performing and the I was belting out an old George Benson ballad "The Great Love of All" which is the Theme song from the "Greatest".

    Well just before the bridge I just went blank....lyrics and all poof gone.
    After receiving additional stage direction I was able to center my self and had a strong finish.

    I left thinking two things:

    Thank god it was only rehearsal which is why we have thing for things like this.

    I also laughed because I have performed countless times and I have fallen on stage during dance number fell flat on my duff during the performance...

    Oh when I fell on stage no one but me and the director new happened…it totally looked like it was part of the routine…LOL!

    You get up and dust of the dirt and continue.icon_biggrin.gif
    How you would handle an icon_redface.gif moment in public?

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    Dec 14, 2007 2:35 PM GMT
    for my first year of my fashion diploma, we had a parade of our garments in a club in the city at the end of the year. i had 3 outfits i had to model, one of my own and two of a guy in class. i was pretty slim then and had long hair so i could pass off as a chick and the garments i made was womens wear so i had one girls and two guys outfits.
    we had a rehearsal a couple of hours before the show at the venue and i was the only one with previous modelling experience (magazine not catwalk though) but i knew how to walk and got the choreography down pat and taught a few of the girls the female walk. we had a few hours to spare so me and a few classmates went for afternoon beers. i had too much to drink and couldn't to sober up quick enough before the show.

    the show had started and was going fantastic until i got on the catwalk which was a 3 inch thick marble tabletop 25 feet long. i got stage fright and screwed up all 3 of my walks in front of a packed house. i had a whip and gimp mask for my female outfit and tried to look hot but i couldn't hide my bulge underneath the skirt, my hairy legs were poking out of the stockings & suspenders and the marble made it hard to balance in stilettos. when the show finished i was still drunk so it kinda numbed the experience but a friend of mine showed me a magazine i was in so that cheered me up haha

    every time i think about standing up in public, i remember that day and swear at myself for screwing up icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 14, 2007 7:20 PM GMT
    I always say if you're going to screw up, screw up big time, but never let it show on your face. If the audience can't recognize that you forgot the words, they won't miss them. If they see that you fall, play it off as intentional. Have fun and they'll have fun too, even if you mess it up icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 14, 2007 7:34 PM GMT
    I made a speech at my boss' and her husband's wedding, which included a backhanded joke/compliment about their age (they're in their 60s). I didn't really handle it well, because as I was starting the joke I knew I was in dangerous territory, but I couldn't stop myself. In a small group it all would have been fine...we all know each other well. I crashed and burned after the reaction of a few wedding attendees though, and basically babbled platitudes about the couple for the next minute. I felt bad about it for at least a year, because I felt like "that guy" you see in bad comedies about weddings.

    So stay away from jokes in speeches about age. Duh.

    However, I was finally redeemed when I officiated my best friend's wedding this past May. It went great.
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    Dec 14, 2007 8:07 PM GMT
    Look like I know what I'm doing, ad lib if the silence stretches too long, and go on.

    The show must go on. Even when I forgot a line in a play or musical.

    My guitar teacher used to say, "If you fuck up a note. Hit it again. And again. And then hit it REALLY hard and hold it, just to show your audience that you MEANT to do that." The funny thing? It really does work. The first time your brain goes, "WTF?" Then by the third it goes, "Hey, that's kinda cool and unexpected, neat."
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    Dec 14, 2007 8:11 PM GMT
    I used to be a cocktail lounge pianist, and sometimes when you're playing the same song for the millionth time you go blank and forget where you are and what you're playing--yes, it can be that automatic--but I learned to immediately segue into another song and the audience thinks you planned a medley. lol. if they only knew icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 15, 2007 12:30 AM GMT
    Heheheh, know that feeling well. I don't sing but I act, so I guess the advantage is there's usually another actor on stage to help pick it up. I have had the odd experience though when the whole cast has just lost it on stage.

    In one show all 10 actors were standing openly corpsing for about 5 minutes before someone got it together to keep going. It helped that it was a comedy so the audience were with us. The more we laughed the more they laughed.
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    Dec 15, 2007 12:53 AM GMT
    Numerous times I've sung in front of people and got the verses in the wrong order. Just think fast, progress like you meant it, and move on. The audience never wants to see a performer bomb, so just act like you didn't. That's the whole skill of performing.
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    Dec 15, 2007 12:54 AM GMT
    Curnown-

    I would loved to have been in THAT audience.