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I’ve had a colorful array of introductions made on my behalf – introductions that I really wish I could forget. Yes, I know my name is tough to pronounce. I once had someone introduce me as ‘Karin’. Don’t ask!! Even when you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself during your set… it’s still a little annoying when you have a whole dramatic entrance planned out. An introduction can make or break your spirit a little.
I know that it’s difficult to get a hold of the MC before you perform but if you are lucky enough to, here are a few things to speak to them about. Might be a good idea to write them down too.

1). Pronunciation Of Your Name

If you’ve got a name like mine, write it down phonetically lol! Your name is the foundation of your brand. It is important that it is pronounced correctly because that’s what your audience will use when they are looking for you online after you give an earth-shattering performance. (You should say your name once you get on stage again and also at the end of your set. Drum it into their heads).

2). Where Are You From?

City? State? Country? Continent? Choose what’s appropriate for where you are. You usually get a good ‘whoop!’ when you’re among locals but audiences go crazy for foreigners too. If you’re far away from home, knowing that some of your countrymen are in the audience can boost your confidence.

3). What Do You Do?

Make sure that the MC understands exactly what you do.. what kind of musician you are, what instrument(s) you play, what kind of genre you prefer to be placed in etc. It helps to set the right tone before you appear on stage. Audiences like to be a little prepared for what’s to come but of course not too much information should be shared. That’s your job – with your voice and music.

4). Any Accomplishments?

What single achievement are you most proud of that you feel is appropriate to share with a new audience prior to them seeing you perform? What will set the tone? Think carefully about this one as introductions for certain events don’t really require this.

5). Something Non-Musical

This will usually get the crowd’s interest piqued. Include something in your introduction that is not related to music, possibly even funny too. After the MC has painted this grand picture about who you are and your accomplishments, sometimes having something that makes you ‘down-to-earth’ or relatable is pretty cool.
Look at is this way. Make your introduction so good that the audience would rather sit and wait for you to perform even if they were on their way to the bar or to the loo. It should be a combination of ‘mysterious’ and ‘bold’
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