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Help me resolve fear about trying to have a creative career.

I am interested in working on a publishing/performing career (think the sort of thing you see on The Moth). However, I am female. I am aware that all women if they get well known anywhere will immediately attract trolls, stalkers, and potential rapists who will constantly send her death threats at bare minimum. Knowing this kind of thing is guaranteed to happen to me if I try to have a creative career makes me terrified to try. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2014 - 22 answers

Making eye contact while singing in front of a close audience

I sing with a small group of vocalists and instrumentalists on a monthly basis. Often it's in a bar/restaurant or other situations where the audience is very close to me (sometimes sitting right in front of me.) Sometimes I sing solos, and I can't figure out where to direct my gaze when I do because of the closeness. Should I make eye contact with the audience, even when they're right in front of me? Should I move my head back and forth and survey the entire crowd? What should I be doing as a performer? Thanks very much for any help you can give me.
posted by Jenesta on Aug 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Birthday Gift for my 16 year old niece

My incredibly awesome niece is turning 16!!! we are close and I'd like to get her something special but have no idea what that could be. [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

I support you... to a reasonable degree

Your SO is a performer who performs multiple times a week. How frequently do you go to their shows? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2012 - 32 answers

Smile—now! And look natural!

How do I learn to smile naturally, on command? I've started a performance art and need to be able to smile on command without it looking forced. Exercises, tricks, and explanations of how to "smile with your eyes" are all welcome! (Previous questions about smiling revolve around smiling in everyday life, which isn't exactly what I need.)
posted by philosophygeek on Feb 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Performing in Deutschland?

I'm an American, planning to visit Germany for the first time in a few months; I'll be there for about a week, mostly in Berlin. I'm a musician (I do electronic pop -- I had a track on MeFiComp!), and I know my music has at least a handful of fans in Germany. So I'm thinking about trying to book myself a gig. I'm fairly confident that I can find a place to play, and transport my gear over there. What I haven't been able to figure out from my internet research is the legal side of things. Do I need to get a special visa if I'm going to do a paid performance? What about an unpaid performance? Will customs give me a hard time if I show up with music gear and no paperwork to explain what I plan to do with it? If so, how would I go about getting the necessary permit(s)?
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Jan 21, 2012 - 8 answers

AMDA LA, from 1-10

AMDA LA: good/bad/other? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking awkward without being awkward...

I make awkward faces when I sing and when I'm having my photo taken. How do I not? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Jul 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Going to 11 not necessary.

How best to stay on beat, then find out how I sound to an audience. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Oct 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Help my son become a model

We just saw the proofs for our 6-year old son's head shots. We've signed up with an agency in town that doesn't charge a fee and only makes money when our son gets a gig. What else can we do to help our son launch his modeling / acting career? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye on Jul 28, 2009 - 9 answers

UK Fringe Resources Wanted

What are some great resources, preferably online, of fringe arts (burlesque, cabaret, circus, improv, street theatre, etc) in the United Kingdom? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Where should I put all these musical pirates?

Tell me how to arrange eight to twelve singers, a guitarist (acoustic), a fiddler and a bodhrán player, all unamplified, for best overall audibility and musicality. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Breaking into Performance Art

How do I get into performance art? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 28, 2008 - 15 answers

My 1st grade teacher said I was a natural...it was all downhill from there.

Dear performing Mefites - how do you do that thing you do? [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Feb 24, 2008 - 18 answers

Good places for singer/songwriters?

Where are some good places for an aspiring performing songwriter to live? Not so much looking to sweep the pop music world as I am looking to find a spot on the long tail. But I've been thinking it might be helpful to look for locations where there are sizable audiences of people who regularly choose live but thoughtful music as an entertainment option and artists and venues that oblige them. [more inside]
posted by weston on Jan 26, 2007 - 25 answers

Where/when can an amateur classical pianist perform?

I'm an amateur classical pianist. I used to give solo recitals at college, and I would like to start performing again out here in the real world. But what sort of group/organisation/event do I need to get involved with to have this kind of opportunity? Could I organise a little independent recital for myself, or is that weird and too egotistical? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Dec 19, 2006 - 18 answers

Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio to play in between songs during a live performance.

Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio/sources for said audio to play in between songs during a live performance. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Aug 4, 2005 - 10 answers

Tips for Busking in Italy and OCNJ

Any tips for busking in Italy and Ocean City, NJ? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on May 30, 2005 - 1 answer

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