What I Learned From My First Open Mic

Well folks the day came. My first open mic ever.

Last Friday we went down to Mer’s Kitchen, a local restaurant that features live music on Friday nights. Fifteen friends and family members came out to hear me play, which I was super appreciative of. So much support! We filled up half the restaurant, it was quite the time.

My vibe was a little different than the other performers, as I was not just the only woman, but the only artist under the age of I’d say…40? It was an eclectic group, everyone bringing their own little something to the stage.

My set list was:

Tee Shirt by Birdy
Riptide by Vance Joy
*Something Else by Me

*the last song isn’t on the video, but you can find a recorded version through the link to my Soundcloud

Fun Fact: Ed Sheeran was discovered at an open mic in LA by audience member Jamie Foxx.

Unfortunately didn’t see any Foxx lookalikes at Mer’s kitchen.

What I Learned

  • Mistakes made on stage feel way bigger than they actually appear. You’ll notice in the video, towards the end of Riptide, I briefly pause and kind of laugh. On camera, it’s minimal. Up there, it felt like I had ruined the song. Don’t let the little blips make you feel like you’ve wrecked the performance because you’re probably the only one noticing. Most of the people at my table couldn’t even tell!
  • You’re far less nervous when you’re actually up there then you think you’ll be. By the time I was half-way through the first song, my nerves had almost entirely disappeared and I was just loving being up there.
  • If you’re worried about not being good enough to do an open mic-DON’T BE! The nature of open mics is exactly that, open. Everyone is welcome. One guy before me sang his heart out completely acapela! If you wait to do it because you fear embarrassment, you’re only going to be mad you didn’t do it sooner once you try. I wish I’d been doing this for years!
  • Remember to breathe. In those first few nervous moments on stage, my only issue was not having enough air because I was forgetting to breathe. Take a few deep breathes before to calm down your nervous system if you’re feeling especially tense.

 

All in all it was a super fun experience. Will definitely be doing it again.

 

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