A Swaggie Variety Show

     Yesterday my best friend, Sierra,  and I performed in our school’s variety show and I have quite a lot to say about it. The first thing that I should say is that we sang an original mashup of Robbers by The 1975, Kids by MGMT, Yayo and Queen of the Gas Station by Lana Del Rey. The songs were mashed by my friend and we both played our instruments while singing. I played my uke and she played her guitar.

The second thing I should mention is that I auditioned every year for the variety show since I was a freshman and didn’t get in until my senior year, so I was beyond excited to be onstage performing, and showing the kids at my school that I have talent. Sierra and I practiced and put so much hard work into our performance and we could not have been more excited to get on that stage. Now I think you should watch the video before you read the next part because something happens that I must explain.

During the very last chorus someone pressed a button on an app that made a noise loud enough for the whole audience to hear. It was so loud that Sierra and I could even hear it on the stage. We had 2 lines left in our song and everyone started laughing. In the video you can’t see it, but I made a face when it happened. When I walked off the stage I was pissed. Someone had disrespected me during my performance and to be completely honest with you my school has a record for those sort of things. Those sort of things being pretentious, jackass kids who think that the world revolves around them and that their actions have no consequences. Anyone could understand how angry I would be. I had waited 4 years so get up on that stage only to have someone disrespect me like that.

After the whole show was over everyone who came up to me to congratulate me on my performance also said something along the lines of “I am so sorry for whoever pressed the buzzer during your performance.” or “Nobody was laughing at you-they were laughing at the stupid buzzer.” So Sierra and I took matters into our own hands. We asked around and found the kid who did it and confronted him. I’m not going to say his name, but he didn’t even say he was sorry. The two words “I’m sorry” never came out of his mouth and I think that is just ridiculous. He only made excuses for why it happened, and hardly even looked up from his computer screen to speak to us. I hope he was embarrassed that he “accidentally pressed it” and I hope that he learns a lesson.

So here are a few things that I learned through all of that.

1) Never give up: If I hadn’t kept trying out for the variety show I never would have gotten in. If I had given up after my freshman year that would have been the end of it.

2) Roll with the punches: If you are doing something that takes a lot of courage like sitting on stage and singing you need to be able to handle whatever comes your way.

3) Don’t be afraid to confront someone: It may be scary going up to someone and telling them that what they did to you was wrong, but in the end you will feel better about it and hopefully they will have learned a lesson.

I hope you all enjoyed my performance and that you’ll all like the video and share it 🙂 Sierra and I worked really hard and I think the hard work definitely paid off. Until next week!

-Swaggie Maggie

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