How do you recover from a big mistake?

{Photo by Fleur Neale}

How do you recover from a big mistake? Since I made not one, but TWO really major f*ck-ups this week, I found myself longing to reread this post I created a while ago for another website. It unfortunately doesn't fix what I did wrong, but it reminds me that I'm still human and worthy of learning from my mistakes.

If you have known me {Margot} for more than 5 minutes, you now know that I am a SuperBigFan of Glen Hansard. Glen is an indie folk musician from Dublin, who after a long and tenacious career starting as a busking (street performing) musician at the age of 13, through 30 plus years as the lead singer for The Frames, finally came into some Big Time Fame with a little independent movie called Once. Glen is an incredible live performer. He's a great songwriter and singer too, but there is magic about his live performances. He somehow knows how to give and connect but also to present himself as the one to watch. So there is ego, because how could ANYONE go on stage and feel good about people listening to him if that didn't exist, right? But Glen also has a generosity that is unmatched in any other musician I've seen or come to know. He gets on stage and sends out energy that is palpable. I did want to share was the review of an unusual performance that occurred in London, in May of 2013 called A Scream and An Outrage. This was a musical collaboration with some pretty big names in the forward-thinking creative world of music plus the full Britten Sinfonia Orchestra. Glen is on stage with a full orchestra and he is ready to play his song The Gift, which he wrote and performed for The Odd Life of Timothy Green (I do not recommend that movie). This is how the reviewer describes what happens: "Glen (with the help once again of Charlotte) starts off ‘This Gift’ ahead of the normal introduction and has to put his hand up and stop everyone to give it another go. Unfortunately after the first chorus Glen loses his place and it is here that Glen becomes very aware that he has an orchestra and not his band behind him. I’m in the front row and after losing his place I hear Glen approach the conductor and ask if the orchestra can go back and re-play the part in question so he can come back in. The conductor says quite simply ‘No’ and Glen is left play out the piece on guitar with no vocals. It’s a highly amusing exchange and Glen relays his request and the response he received to the audience afterwards to many chuckles. Glen also comments that Nico had suggested to him earlier that day that ‘This Gift’ was not quite ready and Glen concedes that Nico was right – ahh well nevermind!" Okay, do we as performers and artists and professionals not live in paralyzing fear of this exact thing? F*cking up in front of everyone? But what did Glen do? He went on. He performed what he could. And then he made everyone in the audience relax when he made a joke of it. And it's not like he was saying that it didn't matter, or that he didn't screw up. He was just honest and open about a mistake. In addition to that humility, he goes even further when he concedes that he was wrong to push it despite the advice to keep it back. Humility AND bravery. I want some of that.

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