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“Wait, what do we do after opener transo to—”
“ARE WE READY TO SEE ORGANIZATION?! MAKE SOME NOISEEEE! GIVE IT UP YA’LL, FOR O-R-G!”
“…5, 6, 7, 8!”
I wasn’t nervous being dropped off in front of the Anaheim Marriott hotel. I wasn’t nervous waiting in the hole backstage behind the stage. I wasn’t nervous in the hole behind the wings waiting for District 951 to finish their set. I wasn’t nervous when I climbed up the steps onto the stage and assumed my beginning pose. Mookie’s loud, familiar voice hyping up the crowd and their outcries really was surreal. Why was I not nervous? I think it’s because I had found my way back home. I was onstage, ready to perform, ready to go full out. There was no way that this moment could be ruined; after months of practice, days of cleaning, hours of sweating, it all came down to the 5 minutes and 13 seconds up on the stage.
It’s funny, because at my school’s talent show, I was sh-sh-sh-shivering like crazy waiting for the curtain to be pulled up so I could play my piano solo. I was so nervous that I was hotly debating with myself whether I should either start sitting down or standing up and bowing; but, when the curtain was slowly inching up and the thin ray of light began to show, I quickly made the decision to just start sitting down to calm my nerves. Preposterous! I was nervous on stage! That almost never happens to me!
Anyways, the vibe onstage for Urban Street Jam was different because I felt like that is where I belonged. I felt confident because of the intensive practices, I felt comfortable with my practically-family ORG members on stage with me, and I admit, I felt cool being spectated by who-knows-how-many people.
Despite the camera apparently adoring my face enough to plaster my big head on the two large side screens for a great deal of time, re-watching the video innumerable times in the past few days really puts a smile on my face. Our hearts(and sweat) was left on that stage, and this truly was an unforgettable experience.
lol late post
***jk i was totally nervous lolz