By Anonymous - 13/04/2015 15:23 - United Kingdom - Manchester
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You should be supportive of your son no matter how bad his actions are. Confidence is key.
I don't see why telling him the truth and being supportive are mutually exclusive. It will require some effort on OP's part to be more tactful and constructive, but there's no reason someone can't say, "Congratulations on your first gig. I really liked blah, blah, and blah about it. Here are some things I noticed about your performance that I think you should work on if you really want to pursue this:..." In fact, not only is it completely possible to be both honest and supportive, it has been done by so many people so many times before that they gave it a name: parenting.
You can be honest without being cruel. OP seriously needs to get a grip if it was the kid's first gig. Of course he sucked, he's still learning. Morons like OP make it hard for anyone in a creative job to progress cus if you're not better than a famous person making piles of money on your first day, they think you should just quit. You should be proud of your son for making that first jump. Not demanding he be better than a pro (even a pro you don't like).
No, he shouldn't. Being honest is better than letting someone crash and burn. If the OP tells his son he sucks (in a somewhat supportive manner), it might help him get better or quit to pursue something he's actually good at. Not everybody's meant to be good at what they like, they might suck at it. Enjoy watching comedy shows instead of bombing at your own.
If and only if they can trace it back to themselves, I'm fairly certain that since even the date that this was written isn't displayed, that would be really hard to do. Unless only one person in the country has performed for the first time in the past week minimum if not longer, it's way too hard to pinpoint who exactly this is about
Instead of criticizing your son behind his back on a website you should be sitting him down and helping him figure out what worked and what didn't. I personally would be very hurt if my parent made fun of me online but didn't bother to be honest with me about my act.
Tower one this is confidence skies are looking clear so far,very nice day for a fli-NEGATIVE WE ARE GOING DOWN REPEAT CONFIDENCE ONE IS GOING D-*KABOOM* Is what I'm imagining right now if your son reads this.