7/18/2017 0 Comments
Hey Everybody! How's it going? Hope you all are awesomely well! Some more cool, behind the scenes stories for you all today! Stories about MY LEAST FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT PERFORMING AND ENTERTAINING! As much as I love to perform and entertain, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! You can see and hear how much I love it by CLICKING HERE! There have been times when I have really disliked, even hated it, and these are just a few instances that come to mind. I have been performing and entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1995, and there aren't many times that I can remember where I haven't liked it, but something that comes up is whenever I was pressured into performing for anybody under any circumstance. There has been a few times where I was pressured into entertaining a group of friends when all I wanted to do was just relax and have a meal because I, like everyone else am entitled to just relax, have a meal, and that's it! No performing, no entertaining, just food, drink, exchanging stories with old friends, and a good night all around. Unfortunately, that's not always the case, and I kept hearing, "Leigh, you gotta perform for us!" They just wouldn't let me hear the end of it, and at times, they would laugh at me trying to give them a performance, even though I REALLY didn't want to, in the end, it really just drained me, and I stopped communicating for the most part with those "friends" and stopped going to hang out with them. All it boils down to is, I just wanted to relax, eat, have a good time, and go on about my business, but I was chasing a pipe dream apparently with wanting to just have a simple, relaxed evening with friends.
I recall several times in school where I just wasn't invested in the subject material of say a group presentation or having to give a speech. It was at those times where I just mentally was completely checked out. I do count having to give speeches, lectures, presentations, and anything else that requires me to get up in front of a crowd of people a performance, but it was specifically those elementary and high school years where the teacher would give the subject matter of the assignment, speech, presentation, or otherwise where I was completely and utterly disinterestd. Really, I do not like being FORCED TO DO ANYTHING!
Another story about my least favourite things about performing was a high school skit that I had to perform in with a couple classmates. Let me preface this by saying I went to catholic school from grades 2 through 12, and part of going to catholic school is that religion is a requirement for the length of time you are a student at any catholic school. In my grade 10 religion class we had one assignment, a group assignment that I think revolved around accepting and involving others. At first my group was struggling to come up with a scenario where accepting and revolving others would make sense, but then we settled on making fun of me because I happen to be disabled, which is true I have had cerebral palsy my entire and use a walker to get around, then have it come full circle with me eventually getting accepted by my peers. Leading into this skit, we all were called to the front of the classroom to perform and deliver our skits, my group and I had discussed the making fun of me, and I gave 'em all clearance to do and say whatever they wanted because I get made fun of everyday, even now, and I understand that it comes with the territory of being disabled and being surrounded by a ton of people who just don't understand the circumstances that having a disability is NOT SOMETHING ANYONE ASKS FOR! Nonetheless, my group and I got up there and one of the members just didn't seem to UNDERSTAND ANYTHING THAT WE DISCUSSED, OR WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE MOMENT. I broke character, got hot, tried my best to hide it, and under my breath, quietly to the person in question to MAKE FUN OF ME! We all stood there VERY AWKWARDLY, and the whole skit just seemed to fall flat, the person finally got with the program, said one thing, that would be considered very mute in any time period, and I turned on the fake tears, and the third member of our group had to deliver this small monologue. It just didn't come off the way I had hoped and left a lot to be desired, but that's the way the ball bounces sometimes. Oh well.
Those are a few stories about my least favourite things about performing. I hope you all enjoyed them. If you like what you see and hear, then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL to keep up with all my latest releases and goings on. Thanks again everybody! Talk to you all again soon!
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