This past weekend I competed in my very first talent show: Bowley’s Quarters Got Talent! It was an awesome experience.
It’s located in a small community near Middle River, Maryland. I found out about the talent show from my friend Andy Felicitas, who had signed up to compete. He suggested that I sign up also, and after a moment of hesitation, I decided “ahh what the heck!”
On the day of the talent show, I was waiting out front of the venue to meet some friends when BOOM my best friend, Diana, jumped out in front of me! I was so happy to see her and I cried my little eyes out.
Diana moved down to Florida about two years ago, and I miss her so much. We still see each other every couple of months, but she doesn’t often get the opportunity to see me perform, so I was excited that she was there!
I also had a ton of friends, most of whom I haven’t seen since high school, come out to support me! It was such an amazing turn out, especially for being located so far north of my hometown.
I’ll take a second to explain how to talent show was run. There were 30 contestants. Each contestant performed one act (all but one were musicians). The judges voted for the top 12 acts to move into the finalist round where they performed one more song. Finally, the judges announced the top 3 winners.
I was the 22nd contestant to perform. Everyone who had performed before me had sung karaoke style (over a track), except for two acts who had guitar accompaniments.
I decided to play my original song, Hide Away. When I was walking on stage I was a little nervous, but that quickly faded once I started playing. There was a wave of silence that swept over the crowd, and I felt right at home.
I’d say there was around 300 people in the room and when I finished playing, I think every single one of them was cheering for me. At least that’s what it sounded like. It felt amazing!
I had some very stiff competition and unfortunately didn’t get picked by the judges to move on into the finalist round. Now, I’m not going to lie… I was a little upset about that decision. I felt as the only person singing an original song, that I’d be able to hold some weight against the better vocalists in the competition who were singing karaoke style.
So, after the initial BUMMERR, I took a moment to reflect on the entire night and I am happy with how everything turned out. I’m so happy that I got to spend time with my friends from high school, and that my beautiful best friend was by my side to cheer me on! I’m also happy that I put myself, and my music out there to be judged.
I had SO many people come up to me at the end of the night and tell me that they LOVED my song, and that they were shocked to hear that I didn’t make it through.
And, that right there was enough to make me go home feeling like a winner.