The Open Mic Test

What if you were handed the microphone, for just a few minutes, with a guarantee that tens of millions of people were listening?  What would you say?  Would you make them laugh, make them stop and think about something very important, entertain them, get them dancing, would you expose your vulnerability in the hope that others empathise?  What would you do?

Would you, instead, whine about your boyfriend / girlfriend or say something meaningless – the metaphorical equivalent of the road crew’s famous mic test “one, two, one, two, two)?

We live in a time of attention scarcity.  People have so much to pay attention to, but so little attention to give.  Your few minutes with the “mic of millions” may be your first and only opportunity to attract some attention.  What would you say or do?  If you are a band hoping to break into the mainstream, a song writer trying to sing their song, an artist exhibiting at your first one man show, or an author with a debut novel, it’s a fair question to ask, I think.


About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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3 Responses to The Open Mic Test

  1. Hello Mr Tropical, thank you for your comment on my blog, and returning the courtesy, in a clueless kind of way. i like your open mic idea. who are you? (do excuse me if that sounds rude, it isn’t how i mean it)

  2. But do we not all permanently listen to each other in a subtle way ?

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