Monday, November 2, 2009
Well, Halloween was fairly uneventful. Sarah and I went to a local costume party we saw on Facebook, for a local theater group. We thought it might be cool because they might respect effort put into costumes, and also we have no friends. There was a costume contest and the prize was $200, so we figured we'd try for it.
Well, I really don't want to sound too bitter (hint: I didn't win), but it was mainly a popularity contest among people who were already friends. We soon realized (after being asked several times who were were and how we were associated with the theater group) that we were not at a public party afterall. Anyway, we paid our money, so we were staying.
I received more than a few comments about how my costume scared the Snow Whites and the Tinkerbelles there, but there were a few really nice people who I talked with about how I made my costume. They were impressed.. or possibly not. They were actors, afterall.
When it came time for the parade of costumes, we were asked to walk up in front of everyone (probably 40 people) and stand there while they said our names. Hey, no problem, right? From here, they chose the Top 10, of which I was included.
For the second stage, we were told to go up front and act out the role for our costume. Well, anyone who knows me knows that I am horribly scared of being in front of crowds. So I beat on my armor a bit and yelled. There were a few claps, but mostly scared stares. I'll take that!
When they announced the next stage of voting (for top 5), they said that now they wanted people to go up front and do a monologue about their costumes. Remember, these are actors and actresses here. These are people who LIVE to be in front of a crowd and they're very witty and clever. I was terrified. I was actually praying to God that I would not be in the Top 5, because I would rather walk home without $200 than to embarrass myself in front of these people (who I will never see again).
Well, God answered my prayers and I was not chosen for the Top 5. We left not long after that, but I honestly can't remember the last time I had been so scared. Highschool, perhaps? I don't know. I'm a 34 year old man and I can't deal with being in front of groups with nothing to say. Sure, I did it at Dragon*Con during my panels, but that was different. I knew the topic and I was among friends.
So now I pack away the costume, dream of ways to improve it for Dragon*Con 2010 and move on. I can't wait!