“To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.”
– Samuel Johnson
All an artist needs, at the end of the day, is a chance. The greatest script could mean nothing without actors to translate its meaning to the audience, the best poem could be lying in a cubby hole in your closet, it’s not going to make the sun shine any brighter till somebody reads it, the clearest melody is up to naught if it never leaves the bathroom. So what does one do with creativity, talent and the earnest need to put something of oneself in a piece of work that most people think they can live without? Well, one puts it out there, by any means possible.
Open mic nights are becoming something of a rage in amateur arts and performance circles. And why shouldn’t they? They are unadulterated platforms of opportunity for anyone who wishes to experiment and has an individual voice that is worth listening to. From beat-boxers to stand-up comics, from actors looking to gain essential audition experience to singers who might just have a record deal cut right then and there if the right person heard them – open mics are the Mecca of the performers who can’t afford to launch themselves and are too small to approach someone to do it for them. Because, let’s face it, all of us have a need to express ourselves, to be appreciated and understood, and all of us need a start.
So, dear artistes, when you hear of some local watering hole announcing an Open Mic Night… do register and do prepare to regale unknown faces and plaster all-too-knowing smiles on them, because you never know who might be listening.