Everyone in musical theatre and entertainment suffers from the experience of negative reviews. Actors often experience rejection in the form of being told they are too short or too tall for a role, or haven’t performed well. If you are suffering the same sort of problem with a project, whether it is an article, a blog or a Twitter post, then you may be suffering from feelings of being drained and being anxious about your future performance. However, you don’t have to experience these negative feelings that other people pass on to you. Instead, there are several ways that you can bounce back from negative feedback or reviews.
Take it on board
It is easy to dismiss negative feedback as irrelevant, but sometimes, you have to accept that a bad review is justified. You have to be willing to accept that you can make mistakes, and that your project hasn’t worked out as you wanted it to. Being able to accept your mistakes, and learn from them, can give you a reasonable insight into why people have rejected your article or project, and can therefore help you to do better in the future.
Put a spin on it
If you don’t like it, then you can put a spin on it. There are several ways in which you can turn negative reviews into a positive publicity machine for your project. If you have been criticised on a public forum, then you can turn it around on your attacker by asking other people on the forum what they think about the issue. Start a discussion, and gradually allow the negative review to sink down your Timeline or Twitter feed. Talk about how you felt about the project, but make sure that it is inclusive so that you say you loved the subject, or have a particular passion for some part of the topic. If you have been working with other people, make sure to point out that you really enjoyed working with them, and hope to do so in the future. Be positive.
If you have decided that you want to gain insight into your pocket by listening to negative reviews, then go to the next level and reach out to the person doing the reviews. Talk to the author, and find out exactly what dissatisfied them about your project. Try to address the critique in the review, and talk to them further about it. Communication is an effective way of making yourself a real person to your reviewer, and this can have a positive effect upon how they respond to you, both then and in the future.
Get over it
By far the best way to bounce back from a negative review is to move on with your life. Sometimes, it is easier just to turn away from that particular article or post, and stop discussing it altogether. If you find that you really can’t defend the subject, then move on, and let your musical theatre reviewers talk amongst themselves.