Saturday, June 20, 2020

Pandemic turns people into movie actors against their will

Comedians complain that it's weird to work without an audience.

Musicians lament that they're exhausted after giving an online-only concert.

Even some educators can't give an online-only lecture without their spouse in the room.

So many people went into their current line of work at least partly because they enjoy the response of a live, in-person audience.

Now, all of a sudden, and through no fault of their own, all they can do is talk/sing/etc. into a camera.

If you get energized by a crowd, how do you cope when there's no crowd?

I imagine that it must be a real challenge to avoid "phoning it in" when talking to a camera, or recording a video of just one part of a multi-person song on a cell phone, is all you can do.

And yet, somehow, they manage to put on a real show.  Kol hakavod/my respects to all the fine folks who are keeping our spirits up.



Blogger Coyote said...

One can still get an audience in a pandemic through social media such as YouTube. Even a large audience.

BTW, in case you didn't already see this, I have now once again responded to you in that 2009 patrilineal descent post, Shira. :)

Tue Jun 23, 04:54:00 PM 2020  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Coyote, you missed my point, which is that audiences on social media are one-way. There's no "emotional feedback," for lack of a better description--one doesn't get the same "recharge" from reading fans' comments as one gets from hearing and seeing the response of an audience of hundreds of people who are in the same room with you.

Sun Jun 28, 05:33:00 PM 2020  

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