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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