By Happy Ron www.happyron.com
October 23, 2010
A year or so ago someone casually suggested that I try out for Americaâ€™s Got Talent.Â The idea seemed overwhelming to me at the time.Â It actually made the Happy Manâ€¦. UNHAPPY!Â Â Then last week I watched my first episode.Â As I watched and imagined myself on it I felt very stressed out, and actually went to bed a little shook up.Â Â By the second time I watched itâ€¦ Happiness was restored and I started writing down my thoughts.Â After 80 hours of watching the show and then going to try out here is what I have learned.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON 1: “Don’t Stop Playin!” even if buzzed or audience boos,you might win them over and judges may still vote yes
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON 2: Stay Happy! Sometimes even acts that aren’t very good get put to the next level because of great energy
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #3: Do what you know and do best.Don’t try to do what you’ve never done before in front of millions of people!
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #4: Be unique but good. There are lots of great performers but the ones that different will be remembered.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #5: Don’t argue with the judges/audience (unless you are REALLY sure they are wrong). Poor losers never prosper.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #6 Turn nervousness into excitement: they are actually two sides of the same coin
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #7: Be grateful! Performing is such a honor that so few people get to do, never forget that win or lose.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #8 Breathe, Breathe! If you don’t breath you die!
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #9: If the judges disagree, listen to the majority and/or the ones that vote FOR you.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #10: Edit you songs down to less then 90 seconds, go over and you can be disqualified!
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #11: They (almost always) applaud at the end. Even if they booed, they almost always show respect at the end.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #12: Look at the audience. Interact with them.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #13: Be real.Â People love the seeing something real in a very phony business!
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #14: Chose the right song! Or better yet write a great song and perform it. So many acts don’t do either!
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #15: Always listen to @howiemmandel he seems to be the happiest, most balance judge, fair and yet FIRM! 🙂
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #16: Know who you are.Â Donâ€™t let anyone make you into something youâ€™re not.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LESSON #17.Â Have a story, one thatâ€™s real.Â Everyone has a story, the more motivational the better
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSSON #18: If you make a mistake, keep playin.Â Poise after problems can be very impressive
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #19: Donâ€™t bad mouth the other contestants.Â Doesnâ€™t help and makes you look bad and it just ainâ€™t nice
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #20: Playing it safe is the least safe thing you can do.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #21: Some people will love what you do, otherâ€™s wonâ€™t.Â Focus on those who do and donâ€™t hold grudges against those who donâ€™t.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #22: Be spontaneous (where you can).Â The secret to being unpredictable is to never know exactly what you are going to do.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #23: Donâ€™t take your SELF too seriously.Â But of course take your craft seriously.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #24: From the moment you get out of your car, youâ€™re on stage.Â The judges/public often hear about what goes on behind the scene, so treat people with respect.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #25:Â Be BIG. Turn UP, way up, the emotion, the sound, the quality.Â Bigger then life is memorable.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #26: Put the time in, WORK WORK (but have fun doing it).Â Successful people always put the time it
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #27: Draw strength from the people that have supported your talent in the past, audience, friends and family
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #28:Â Read all the FAQs about the audition process and do what they say!
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #29:Â PLEASE, PLEASE donâ€™t take your shirt off (unless you are hot).
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #30: Audience or no audience for each performance?Â Makes a difference so prepare!
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #31: Donâ€™t complain about how difficult the signup process is, you were told in advance and nobody wants to hear it.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #32.Â Wear a belt and tight clothes.Â Youâ€™ll be bouncing around and donâ€™t want to reveal anything.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #33.Â Arrive early for the tryouts, but expect to be there all day.
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #34.Â Do not take pictures during the tryouts, you can be disqualified!
AMERICAâ€™S GOT TALENT LESSON #35.Â Consider how much stuff you bring to the tryouts, youâ€™ll have to lug it around a lot!