Greetings fellow poets & artists!
I’ve finally done it. I’ve gone and slotted myself in for an open mic night at my university, and it seems I’m going second.
It’s been a dream of mine for so long to perform something original in front of a crowd and I’m mostly happy (actually about 12.3% happy right now) about it. Approximately 22 hours from now I’ll be performing a poem I wrote a while ago in front of god knows who.
This is one of those forced I gotta fulfill my dreams decisions that has paid off 2/4 times in the past. The worthwhile times being chatting with new people and taking high school english in IB, and the bullshit times being dating my first boyfriend and eating that last Dorito.
I’ve never been to an open mic night before, I’ve yet to fully plan and memorize my poem, and I’d like to bow before your collective wisdom.
What usually happens at an open mic night? How should I best prepare? What advice and tips do you have for a first-time performer?