I know performing for a live audience is better than a dead audience, so let me rephrase it as an in-person presentation.
One could argue that if you do a virtual show correctly, you’ll achieve the same delightfully experience. That might be stretching reality as we all know a steak from a five-star restaurant is not equal to a steak from a one-star restaurant even though they are both serve steaks.
Things I Miss Not Doing In-person Shows.
- Having a large group of people laughing as one
- Seeing individual faces light up with delight as they see a balloon take shape before their eyes
- Preshow banter with the audience about life, family, and their present surroundings
- Kids were giving me hugs and high fives after the show as they thank me for coming to their event.
- Visiting different locations and meeting new people
- Spontaneous audience interaction to a segment of the show that wasn’t scripted for audience interaction
- Not having to worry about broadcast issues, which can be frustrating for a one-person show.
- Having a show that has been performed hundreds of times before an audience
These things seem so inconsequential in the whole scope of a show, but these are the little things that I look forward to when entertaining at an in-person presentation.
Now there are benefits to a virtual show like shoes are optional, multiple shows around the country in one day from one location, or the excitement of doing something different.
Human interaction, for me, is a critical element when entertaining that, at present, is difficult to reproduce. These are the things I miss the most. Leave me a comment on what you miss not doing an in-person show?