Risk and Reward in Performance

Memorable moments are often a result of preparation, confidence, and taking a risk. In this video clip, Johnny Carson takes a chance by bringing audience member David Tolley on stage to play the piano. Having had a cancellation of a scheduled pianist, The Tonight Show decided to bring up an audience volunteer who said he played the piano. And play he did. Carson introduced him saying, “You know this is not set up, because obviously David would not dress this way if he knew he was going to be on a big television show in front of a national audience.” David was wearing a Nike t-shirt, blue jeans with holes, and sandals. He was a hit. The audience enjoys and appreciates taking a risk, especially when it is successful. David was later scheduled for a repeat engagement¬†on the show. ¬†Prepare for opportunity, have confidence, take a risk.