3 Ways to Deal with a Bad Show
Updated: Jun 2, 2022
I just died on stage...now what?
There's nothing quite like the feeling of planning and preparing for a show, and then bombing and having it all go to waste. Whether it's because you're sick, the audience is uninterested, or something goes wrong backstage, there's nothing more demoralizing than a bad show. You expended energy and time for nothing. Here are three tips to help cope.
1. Think Small.
It's easy to get overwhelmed. After a bad show, it's tempting to tear everything down and start from scratch. Try finding something small that you can work on for your next show. And most importantly, be patient. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are great careers. So start small and watch yourself grow.
2. What worked?
This question might be hard to answer after you tanked onstage, but taking some time to think about it can be really illuminating. What were the individual pieces that came together well? Starting with what worked can help you jump start your motivation to reproduce that success in future performances.
3. It's not your Job.
When it comes to art, people are always arguing about what's subjective and what's not. But in the end, it doesn't really matter- because the artist isn't responsible for anyone's feelings but their own. Make something that you are proud of. Remember that not everyone has to like you. As long as a few people love you, you'll succeed.