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Episode 69: Use Your Eyes

Your audience craves your attention. No matter how good you are you have to show your audience the attention they deserve.

Making eye contact is the absolute best way to show your audience that you are their for them. People go to live performances for an experience. Something as simple as looking at someone can give them the experience they are after. You can communicate every emotion through just your eyes. This can be a double-edged sword. On one side you can make people feel energized and engaged; on the other you can make them nervous for you. You have to take command and show your audience what to feel. Show the emotion, share the joy, sadness, pain, wonderment. Your audience will follow your lead as long as you show them with eye contact. Think about those glances between parents or best friends. You know exactly what the other is saying just by a look. This has to be you on stage. You can tell your audience what to think, feel, and how to react just through eye contact.

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Episode 68: Remove the Mask

In order to keep growing we have to be open to that growth. In other words, Check the ego.

When we begin performing we start out nervous and uneasy. As we continue growing and we start to gain fans we become susceptible to “The Large Ego Complex.” We feel untouchable, we feel like nothing and no one can destroy what we have built. It's addicting. The result? Skipped rehearsals, slacking on presentation, blaming the audience for “bad shows,” expecting other people to cater to you and just bend to your will. We all have the capability to reach that point. I did. I hit that point hard and for a very long time I was KING! How do you prevent it? How do you dig yourself out of it?

Humility.

You can’t hide behind a mask. You can’t hide behind your ego, that feeling of indestructibility. You have to strive to stay humble when you want to blow up. Keep yourself open to feedback, seek it out. Never stop taking the criticism in stride. There is a difference between knowing you are great and Acting like the greatEST. You are Great! Keep Going...

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Episode 67: You Are Human

Being a performer is amazing, but the best part of being human is the ability to care and be passionate about more than one thing.

We work hard, there is no denying that, but we also must live a FULL life. Part of doing that is experiencing new things and finding what else we enjoy spending time on. If you focus solely on one thing you will get burnt out and if prolonged, you will end up hating the very thing you once loved. We have to stay agile in our passions. It is human nature. Performing will mean that much more if you also spend time exploring other interests. In no way should you stop performing, but find interests that enhance what you do and make you feel good about yourself. Have Fun!

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