Are You a Victim or Victor?
“Fall down seven times, get up eight.”
– Japanese proverb
New Year's "Rocky" Eve
Did you watch the famous ball of lights drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve this past year? I was tuned to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and saw Mariah Carey’s act just 15 minutes before the clock struck midnight. It was embarrassing.
I called my wife in to see the spectacle of Mariah walking around on the stage and stumbling through remembering the words to her own songs. You could tell she was having problems with her earpiece monitor. She couldn’t hear the track to lip-sync along with the song and it pretty much went downhill from there.
Like many I was quick to criticize her at first. “She is a professional and should have handled the situation better.” I thought. Like many I read the comments people made about the disastrous performance.
Marie Osmond, a person qualified to speak on entertainment and live performances, said, “I think people enjoy seeing people have problems, which is kind of sad, but it’s kind of where we are, ” Osmond said on the "Access Hollywood" television show.
Osmond said, "I don’t care what you think. People think you can hear. You don’t know what to sing to. You don't know what pitch to sing in, and they go, ‘You know, it was lip-synched.’”
Marie went on to say, “Just so you know, most of those big shows are [lip-synched] because they don’t want a mishap, and they want to make sure that everything is right,” Osmond said to "Access Hollywood Live." “I think she gave it her best shot, and she's gotten a lot of publicity from it... so, awesome.”
Right vs. Wrong
What she did right: Osmond said, “First of all, high-five to her for not walking offstage.” Personally, I’ve had times in presentations when the room lights went out, my microphone died, or once, the walls suddenly opened up on the side of the room and it took everyone's attention. I made a joke out of what I couldn’t control and moved on. If I made the mistake, I owned up to it.
What she did wrong: She blamed everyone but herself.
Many news sources reported that Carey's publicist blamed show producer Dick Clark Productions for not addressing technical difficulties before the performance, including the errant earpiece.
What do you do when a mistake happens?