The Shallow End
The last few shows have been a bit more difficult.
the fatigue is definitely setting in and the audiences have been chatty so it’s been hard to win the room over. i was expecting more of these gigs to be a battle to win people’s attention but i’ve been pleasantly surprised to find the vast majority of audiences to be really quiet and clearly appreciative of what i’m doing.
but i guess that has meant that now i’ve finally hit some less welcoming audiences i’ve been less prepared and it’s all the more disappointing.
the lesson to learn for me is not to dismiss the entire gig just because some people aren’t listening. i have never ever done a gig where literally no one was listening. there is always someone who is at least being polite enough to give me their attention and so the least i can do is return that attention with a full energy performance.
a couple of disruptive people will always be easier to notice than 50 quiet people but as the saying goes ‘the swimming pool is always noisier at the shallow end’ and so it’s important for me to try and ignore the chatterers as best i can in order to better serve the listeners, and also i should treat it as a call to better myself and try and win everybody over next time around.