Life Lessons from Michael McLean

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I had done my fair share of performing. When I was going to BYU, I would perform every weekend in Provo anywhere I could. Open mic nights, restaurants, house parties, and even Color Me Mine, a local date destination where couples learned how to paint together. When I was at the peak of my performing life, I headlined a show at BYU-Idaho in front of a thousand people, and I thought that was big time.

But this was a whole new level.

I had been signed to Deseret Book, and was working on my first Christian record, “Miracle,” when they called me and asked if I would perform for Women’s Conference at BYU. I was excited until they told me it would be in front of 15,000 people! My stomach dropped. I had never performed for that many people before. I told them I would, because it was an amazing opportunity, but inside I was still freaking out.

“What if I mess up?”

“What if they don’t like me?”

Those kinds of thoughts plague all of us at one time or another, and this was one of those times for me. I told myself it would be alright, and started working on my set list.

When the night of the performance came, I was hanging out backstage with the other performers. Debra Bonner’s Unity Gospel Choir, Gentri, Hilary Weeks, and even Michael McLean was there. I was friends with most of the performers already. Hilary Weeks, with her dry sense of humor, made me feel a little more at ease.

I was in a little side dressing room in the Marriott Center near the stage, panicking a little bit, looking at myself in the mirror wondering if I could pull this off, when Michael McLean walked over to me and started a conversation. I’ll never forget what he told me.

“They already love you. Just go out there and give them a good show.”

His words of encouragement gave me the boost I needed, and I went out there and performed my heart out.

The audience loved it. Michael was right. They’re not there to throw tomatoes and have a horrible time! They’re there to enjoy the show with the people they love. The audience is always on the performers’ side.

And there’s no need to be nervous.

 

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  • Thomas Cosgrove says:
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    April 30, 2018 at 5:49 am
    Very good music. I like hearing from you how you feel before going on stage. It makes you more human. You have a great a gift if you will. You found your gift. Most people go through there whole life and never find there gift. Us it to fullest. Your going to be big. Great job.

    Thomas Cosgrove w/ Cheesecake by Thomas Pueblo Colorado

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