Performing on your first open mic can be a daunting experience. This doesn’t have to be the case. Open mics are a great platform to showcase your talent. Many new artists get their big break from open mic performances. Open mic performances are not only used by new artists, established artists as well also use it. Such artists use it to test new material before releasing it to their audience. Your first open mic performance might be the most overwhelming you have as an artist. Although this is the case, it is important to remember that you will not be the only one performing for the first time. As much as open mics are platforms for amateur artists, you will want to have a great performance. Here are a few tips that will guide you through your first open mic performance.
The first thing you should know is what type of open mic you intend to perform in. There are many types of open mics. Some are acoustic, and with others, you get a band or backing instruments. Depending on the type of music you intend to perform there will be certain open mics that will be ideal for you. You should ensure that the open mic selected is ideal for your music genre. Attending an open mic night will give you an idea of what to expect by performing in the place. Familiarizing yourself with the place and the audience will make your performance less of a daunting task. Attending an open mic night will help you prepare yourself for the performance. You may perform under the privacy of your home or to your family but this doesn’t compare to an open mic performance. Attending an open mic night will help you learn more and you will be able to prepare adequately for your first performance.
Popular open mics are booked weeks in advance. It is important to learn about booking and find out whether or not the booking is done online. If the booking is done the same night as the open mic, you should ensure that you arrive early. You will book a spot suitable for you by arriving early at the venue. You may need a certain setup for your performance. Talking to the open mic host about this will ensure that you are adequately set up for your performance. Open mics tend to have a time limit. You should ensure that you are ready when it is your time to perform. The open mic host should let you know in advance when your open mic performance is coming up.
Open mics will have other artists, amateurs and established artists alike. This makes it an ideal place to network with other artists. You should arrive early and stay late and listen to materials from other artists. Supporting other artists during their performance will help you also get support. You should feel comfortable with your material and remember that the audience knows that the platform is used by new artists. Consider these during your first open mic performance.