In Part 1 of this series, I told you why I love Open-Mics so much. Part 2 and Part 3 gave some do’s and don’ts for those who organize open-mics and those who perform. In this final part I prepared some do’s and don’ts for the audience.
+ Come with an open mind. The songs you’ll hear might not always be easy to recognize. They might not always be in tune. They might be completely new interpretations of what you know. Be open to this experience. You might find something in a song, that you’ve never realized before 😉
+ Come with an open heart. Open-mics are usually a community affair. But even if you don’t know those on stage, be compassionate. The performers are opening up to you and baring their soul. See them for who they are and you will have a great experience in the audience.
+ Be a cheerleader. Clap, woo, whistle – do whatever feels comfortable for you but make sure to pay your respect to those on stage. They need it and will appreciate it.
– Don’t just stay for your friends. Yes, they might be the reason why you came, but just like your friends need the support, everyone else does as well and not everyone might have a big crowd with them. So just stay and listen to everyone and cheer them on just like your friends.
Lend a Hand
+ Help someone on stage out by taking pictures or videos – or maybe just look after their stuff while they’re on stage.
Enjoy the Ride
+ Enjoy the experience.
+ Gather some confidence to maybe hit the stage next time 😉
+ But really just enjoy yourself and let the performers know that you do.
I hope you liked my short series on open-mics. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Here are the links to all four parts of this series:
Part 1 – Open Mic – A love story
Part 2 – Do’s and Don’ts for organizers
Part 3 – Do’s and Don’ts for participants