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FourShortandSweetLessonsFromMariahCarey’sNewYear’sEvePerformance

Jan Johnston Osburn
Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
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Four Short and Sweet Lessons From Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve Performance

Four Short and Sweet Lessons From Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve Performance

Some call it THE perfect ending to 2016 and some call it a nightmare train wreck performance. But one thing for sure is that Mariah Carey did not have a good New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square.  She even stormed off stage

She blamed her performance on technical problems that left her completely out-of-sync with her song track. The audio track seemed to have malfunctioned and that left Carey attempting to lip sync in front of millions to some of her biggest songs.

As the malfunction continued, Carey paced across the stage in obvious frustration. She finally said, “It just don’t get any better,” and she walked off.

She later tweeted a meme that said “Shit Happens.” 

Exactly.  Shit does happen to everyone and it’s how you handle it and walking off your stage isn’t always the best way to do it. 

Not many of us will be in Carey’s situation where we are performing on New Year’s Eve when our malfunction occurs but when life throws you curves, try doing this:

Expect the Unexpected and Roll With It: It appeared as if Carey either forgot the lyrics or didn’t want to deliver a stellar performance after the difficulties. No matter how much we try to plan, analyze, and control a situation, it doesn’t always turn out as we envisioned. I feel for Carey because it couldn’t have been a great spot to be in but learn to be comfortable when you have to go “off script.” Expect the unexpected and have contingency plans, especially when you’re trying to pull off something spectacular.

Be Authentic: If she weren’t lip-syncing, would she have been able to recover more quickly? Who knows but the lesson here is that you can’t always fake it until you make it.  Be genuine because it makes the unforeseen easier to overcome.   If you are genuine, people are much more forgiving.

Take Responsibility and Don't Ask For Pity: “I wanted a holiday too, can't I just have one.” That’s what she said. Reports suggests that she didn’t have time to practice and she couldn’t hear the music.  Just own it.  Having time not to prepare when you are singing at a New Year’s Eve event doesn’t cut it.  You may not be able to control technical difficulties but you can control your actions.

Surround Yourself With Good People: Her backup singers certainly went with the flow. You want good people around you because it makes you better.  We all need support eventually.

When the number ended, the crowd still cheered her on. “That was — ” she said, pausing for dramatic effect, “amazing.”

Mariah Carey is a superstar and she will certainly survive this mishap.  For those of us who are not superstars, it doesn’t matter how you screw it up, it only matters how you rebound. And a little authenticity goes a long way in our recovery! 

Renew and rise in 2017.

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3 comments

  • Arborjane
    7mo ago

    Just maybe a better conservative dress code would have been more appropriate. God did not put us on earth to appear in public naked. That's why he gave us clothes!!

    Just maybe a better conservative dress code would have been more appropriate. God did not put us on earth to appear in public naked. That's why he gave us clothes!!

  • Breezanemom
    7mo ago

    How about instead of lip-synching the whole thing she...oh, I don't know...ACTUALLY SANG??? And talked to the audience - that part was lip-synched, too! She never has been anyone I care about, but since this has dropped lower (if that's possible) on my list of people.

    How about instead of lip-synching the whole thing she...oh, I don't know...ACTUALLY SANG??? And talked to the audience - that part was lip-synched, too! She never has been anyone I care about, but since this has dropped lower (if that's possible) on my list of people.

    • Anantha Pad 39
      7mo ago

      Yeh. Compare with concert pianists (high brow) or even lounge pianists in hotels who are low brow but must know all lyrics and tunes AND ACCOMMODATE sundry party guests. They are successful because they are authentic. OK

      Yeh. Compare with concert pianists (high brow) or even lounge pianists in hotels who are low brow but must know all lyrics and tunes AND ACCOMMODATE sundry party guests. They are successful because they are authentic. OK


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Jan Johnston Osburn
Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities

Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]

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