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PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING

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I have heard so much about the halftime show of Super Bowl 53, featuring Adam Levine and Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott.

And I might have had an opinion or two to share about the show…

EXCEPT I was there and I participated.

I participated in the halftime show with the LED lighting cast which meant seven unpaid rehearsals, approximately forty hours in total, of learning positions, choreography, changed choreography, walking up hills and stairs, trying on wardrobe and working with technology, going through immense security lines and checkpoints, and trying to remain patient, positive and upbeat along with about one thousand other people.

THAT was a different experience.

What the majority of the volunteer halftime show cast went through wasn’t captured on camera and for the most part, wasn’t even shown on camera. The choreography was only shown to those who paid a lot of money to be there and witness it in person. Most of the people that I talked to thought it was only LED lights on the field and had no idea that there were about 400 people holding two LED light panels doing choreography – these people weren’t there to see it in person.

To observe what the artist and performers went through during rehearsals and the live show gave me a new respect for artists and performers. They were shooting flames, fireworks and pyrotechnical technology on the stages that were so hot that you could feel them from the farthest part of the field. Imagine trying to perform while in the back of your mind, trying to avoid catching on fire. It was extremely hot and you’re talking first and second degree burns, possibly death, if something went wrong and contacted the body. My generation doesn’t easily forget the Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson. And then having the director look at what you have rehearsed, just to change it, yet again – and to redo it over and over and over…

We, as a societal whole, are so quick to have an opinion about and judge something that we hear about or read about, or watch on the television/computer/phone. But ask yourself – how many times, have you actually been there in person, had the TOTAL EXPERIENCE, and walked away with something different than the way it was reported or heard about? How many times had you been there in person and experienced something totally different than the person RIGHT NEXT TO YOU???

It’s just something to ponder…