There are many factors that go into building a successful career as a creator. Talent, skill, determination, the list could be endless if we went into specific detail. While all are important, none of those factors would take an artist anywhere without one thing; opportunity. To have the opportunity to display your craft is the ultimate necessity for the success of any career, especially one in the arts. Finding those opportunities, however, is extremely difficult and often times discouraging, especially to younger creators who are unsure of their abilities and lack the confidence and experience to be persistent in finding chances to perform.
Here at the 402, our largest priority is to provide those opportunities for beginner artists, not only to hone their skills, but to also present them to the world. Every Monday night we have an Open Mic event at 7 PM in our Benson Venue, and every single Monday night there are aspiring (young and old) performers pouring their hearts out, finding their footing, gaining their confidence, and seizing their opportunities on our stage.
"Here at the 402, our largest priority is to provide those opportunities for beginner artists, not only to hone their skills, but to also present them to the world."
Open Mic events are a crucial step in the process of becoming a successful performer. They are the bridge that fills the gap between playing alone in your bedroom and playing a sold out show in a respected venue. Open Mics provide a chance to learn, to figure out what crowds may or may not respond, and to understand what you personally need to work on, so that you can be sure your performance is the best that it can be. Without these Open Mics, students would not know the humility that being a performer requires, nor would they be able to learn how to handle the nerves that appearing in front of a crowd may produce.
We firmly believe that “experience is the teacher of all things”, and what better way to gain experience as a performer than through an Open Mic night? Whether it was one song, or five poems, the act of placing one’s self out there for the world to receive their craft is a bold one, and we applaud all creators with the ability to do so. Being vulnerable to an audience is a challenge that many artists must face head on. Here at the 402 Arts Collective we want to come alongside beginning performers and do everything we can to help you seize every opportunity that may come your way so that when the time comes, you are ready to be the performer you were meant to be.