Do you like singing? Do you have a desire to express yourself with music? Did you discover your voice in some sort of youth program or church and then get singing lessons which you enjoyed throughout your teenage years? And then did you get a few professional bookings which, despite your fears and insecurities, you did to the best of your ability and which helped you improve as a singer? And then did you get a really big and important gig that will be televised? Are you going to do that gig as best you can despite your fears and insecurities which almost led you to quit many times?
Well, just remember that if you make a mistake you will actually be making your life much worse for yourself than if you had never bothered even trying to sing in the first place. Now, you are a lovely, relatable person with aspirations. If you make mistakes, you will become an embarrassing, unrelatable person, like a leper with aspirations.
Remember, it is better never to try anything at all than to try it and fail. Why bother doing anything if you don’t do it perfectly? This is what hundreds of desperate content creators trapped in a toxic economy of incentivised abuse will think when they see your mistakes and realise that some type of quirky, hilarious video can be made in which your failings are mercilessly exploited for their profit, and by profit I mostly mean a fleeting amount of attention they might get from strangers online.
Of course, it would be one thing if you made these mistakes away from a camera. That would be some sort of mythical, primitive world where people try things, fail, and try them again in order to improve. That’s the sort of thing that creative people used to extol as an important part of the creative process. But they had no idea how funny mistakes could be when delivered on a platform that otherwise consists almost entirely of over-produced, well edited content that conveniently removes all technical flaws and portrays an idealised version of people only ever at their best.
And what will happen to you if you make mistakes? Will you be able to learn from those mistakes? Will you be able to take your failings in your stride and improve as a person and as an artist? Of course not! There is nothing about art or life that involves striving against our human limitations. Great artists with extraordinary technical skills honed through a lifetime of discipline and training are born, not made.