Alternatives Conference: Me and the Open Mic
This past week I attended one the largest Mental health consumers/peers conferences that I’ve ever gone to. How special it was to be part of the 25th annual Alternatives conference, the oldest national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/survivors! It was held October 26-30, 2011 at the Caribe Royale Orlando.
I worked hard to find a way there but it seemed like I wouldn’t be able to go until I got a last minute sponsor push. Although I missed the art show, I was able to get there Friday night and did mysStand-up act for the open mic….OUCH, did I bomb or what?
I was not on my game and the audience was small, maybe 60 at most. I had my son with me so I decided to go on stage early in the evening. I took spot 4 and each participant was told to ONLY take 5 min. I feel bad because I did not get the feel for the crowd till about 4 minutes in so there was no way I was going to give up the mic till I redeemed myself and got a few good laughs.
I said sorry to Sharron who was Master of Ceremonies. She kept giving me the signal that my time was up, but I would not go till this fat man sang… or in my case, danced. I did my whole act (ten minutes) and even though it was not my best set (performance) I did learn a LOT. It was such a great experience and that was just Friday night.
Tomorrow, I will share some really great pictures of people I met there.
Also, This month I’m taking part of the National Health Blog Post Month at WEGO Health.
Today’s Prompt: Titles of my future book.
I want to do a book about my cartoons. Still working on a title, but I’m sure the term “NUTZ” will be part of it.
This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J
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