Singing

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If you ask a random person if they think that they can sing, chances are that they think that they can’t. Although maybe the humility and honesty of the average person may be a good thing, this response is quite incorrect. I once thought that I couldn’t sing. I was completely convinced that I was tone deaf and that I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. I thought that singing was just a give that some people had and most people hadn’t. However, I came across a choir teacher in high school who totally changed my perspective on singing. I wrote this post to share that story with you. Hopefully you’ll read this and be inspired. Keep reading to decide for yourself!

“I Can’t Sing”

Simplicity

When I was a junior in high school, I was heavily involved in acting. I played a part in all of the musicals. However, I would always get very small roles in the high school musicals because I had a bad singing voice. I was getting discouraged about this. I considered not trying out for that year’s musical. However, the choir teacher overheard me in homeroom and challenged me. She challenged me to think why I couldn’t sing. I just told her that my voice sounded bad and that was it. She explained to me that while some may have a natural singing gift, everyone can sing. She told me that If I could talk, then I could sing. This was encouraging to me. She then gave me private lessons focused on relaxing and getting to know your body and using it to the highest potential for singing.

If I could do it, you can too!

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Stage Fright

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You’ve been through this before. You already knows the answer. “It happens to everyone.” “Imagine everyone in their under pants.” You’ve tried everything, but you’re still paralyzed from stage fright.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ve been acting for years in a troupe and it still happens to me from time to time. My aim in writing this post is not to make you feel any better about stage fright. It is, however, aimed at trying to make you laugh a little bit about this thing that we all have. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the read.

My Stage Fright

The Story

Back in college, I was part of a small student club that did improv shows from time to time in the theatre on campus. They were historically well attended, and people usually enjoyed the shows. I was getting good at improv, and I was building my confidence.

I had had issues with stage fright before, but now that I was a proud junior in college, I thought that those sentiments were behind me. Never could I have been more gravely mistaken.

It was our final improv show of the semester. We were all feeling pretty good about it. We advertised really well and, as a result, the night of the performance had a packed house.

I was feeling a little nervous behind the curtains, but I had no idea what was coming.

It was my turn to lead an act. I went to yell out the rules and my voice cracked. For some reason, I felt woozy. I froze. And then I sharted.

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