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On Alcohol and Performing


Last week, I joked around with my video director, Nic, that it’d be helpful if I had a drink before shooting these up-close-and-personal shots for my music video. It would definitely take the edge off and have me be a bit more fun. It was lunchtime, we were at an Indian restaurant, we had thirty minutes until our shoot, and they served booze. I thought I might order something for the sheer purpose of helping my performance.

The question comes, “Is stuff like this really a big deal? Does it really matter?” I wasn’t planning on getting hammered! But then I asked myself what the impact was if I find the courage I’m looking for outside of myself when what I need is to create it from within. They say alcoholics cease maturing emotionally at the age they become alcoholics – each time there’s a challenge, it is seemingly overcome by sedation. There is no actual growth.

So what do I have to overcome?

I’ve always thought of those of us with creative, deep souls as those more likely to fall into substance abuse. In the addict is a poet. In the overdose was a painter. Jim Carrey said this of Philip Seymour Hoffman last week after heroine killed him: “For the most sensitive among us, the noise can be too much.”

I know it’ll be a challenge for me not to take the edge off in the future as gigs get bigger and pressure becomes greater. I know how free I feel with a few drinks. My goal is freedom while being completely faced with all of my humanity.

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If you’re an artist, and you drink before performances, explore it. What’s there? What’s the payoff vs. cost?

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