Insecurities…we all have them! By now most of us have found a way to either hide or tuck them away and no one really knows our self-doubts unless you tell them. To be real, no one is perfect and we all have imperfections or things we aren’t happy with on a regular basis. But what do you do when you feel your flaws are exposed to the whole world? I’m talking about those sudden things that pop-up without warning and slap you right dead in the face….back in the day, wasn’t it always the case right before yearbook pictures that you would get that big zit in the middle of your forehead!
My good buddy Matt Marshall went through this a few months back on tour. We were in Germany and he had a terrible toothache. Something had to be done immediately. Luckily he was able to find a dentist nearby and he returned to the show before the Novocaine had worn off. He couldn’t feel his face and his smile looked like the Joker. We all laughed at his pain…well never again will I laugh at someone who has to go on stage when they feel like that!
A similar situation happened to me this past week before leaving on tour. I got something in my eye and it swelled up the size of a golf ball! Do you remember the scene from the movie Hitch with Will Smith? The part where he had an allergic reaction and his face swelled up like he had gotten stung by a bee!? That’s what I felt like! No big deal right? Wrong! I looked like Quasimodo and I’m supposed to go on stage and act cool and sexy?! I should have been locked in the tower never to be seen again.
My stomach was turning and my palms were sweating. I couldn’t go on stage like this and I couldn’t not do the show! So I had to think quickly on my feet. Gucci shades to the rescue…I would wear glasses or hats and act like it is part of the act; my hip-hop, I’m too cool for school look. So now instead of Will Smith, I’m channeling Flo Rida and no one will ever know the difference! The show starts and I make my first appearance. The girls are screaming…Not in horror as I thought, but because they were having a good time. I made it work for me and turned my insecurity into something positive.
It’s never really as bad as we think and I learned a valuable lesson that night! Has life thrown you a curve ball before a big event? Tell us your solutions and how you made it through!
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