Attending a social, function, party or event by yourself can be nerve-wrecking as an introvert, but nevertheless, it’s possible and you won’t die from doing so.
I’ve gone to concerts, comedy shows, TV tapings and socials/mixers in LA all by my lonesome and I can confirm that I lived to see another day.
I get nervous, sweaty and fidgety in heavily populated social gatherings alone, mainly because I am so used to being with someone who’s definitely more outgoing than myself to ease my nerves and shyness. But here are a few pointers to keep you going throughout the night from my experience:
Set Your Intentions
Los Angeles is full of so many dope and cool people, but in order to meet them, you have to put yourself out there. My intentions whenever I went out was to meet someone new, fill them out to see if we could eventually be friends. Ask yourself, why am I going to this event? It should ease your anxiety because you’re there for a purpose.
Grab a Drink
At the comedy show, it was more of a pilot taping for Jak Knight. A lot of his friends were there and there were a lot of people who knew each other there. Meaning, the entire room knew one another, expect of course me. Because the setting allowed for me to grab a drink, I did. It gave me something to do with my hands and make me mix in with the crowd. It also gives you a boost of confidence to mix and mingle with the people that are there.
Be a Boss Bitch & Just Go Mingle
Just do it, even if you have to scan the room to see some people or one person who may be there alone, just talk to them OR make yourself look approachable so that someone will come up to you and talk. When I went to a taping for The Late James Corden Show, I met two girls from Australia while we were in line waiting to get in. I made myself look approachable and not only that, one of the girls had on cute shoes and I ended up talking to them until we went inside to be seated.