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Your Performance is Your Masterpiece

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
-Edgar Degas

Art is defined as the expression of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. The is absolutely the definition of a performance as well. When you perform you have your vision but ultimately it is more about what you convey to the audience, what you make them see and feel. The best performances are those that make the audience feel something or experience something. It could be excitement, happiness, sadness, pain, adventurous, any emotion or feeling really. It’s about how you make the connection to them and communicate your vision. How you appear, your facial expressions, your movements, your interactions with them all plays a roll into their experience and how they feel during your time on stage. This can be developed through having that clear vision of the details of the performance and rehearsing the performance including those details. Consider the audience when you are blocking and staging. When and how you want them to react then you work backward on how to elicit that desired reaction.

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Things Will Not Always Happen as Expected

You can Hope, for something, plan for something, work for something, but you can never expect something.

Three things have been on my mind lately. First - Sometimes things in life may seem to just keep stacking against you. It happens to everyone. The real power is in how you get yourself back on track. Second - You cannot expect things to happen in any certain way. There will be times when something happens so quick you don’t feel ready for it, and there will be times you feel like nothing will ever happen. It will, for sure, just keep going. Finally, the biggest lesson I ever learned while performing was to always have something stage-ready. There will come a time when you get a last minute booking. Instead of stressing about throwing something together, you will be prepared and ready to go.

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When Someone Tears You Down

It’s inevitable, no matter how much you think people support you, someone will eventually surprise you and knock the wind out of you.

That happened to me recently about this podcast. I have been going strong for just about a year and a half and all of a sudden I am publicly told that since I have not performed since last year that I should stop coaching others. I found it unbelievable that someone could say that about someone's passion but it happened. I was angry, hurt, and left questioning if they were right. That was the wrong reaction. You remember when your mom use to tell you to “turn the other cheek?” Well, that would be the best reaction. These people will come at you, sometimes with terribly hurtful comments but we have to treat it like water off a duck's back. These people and their comments only have power if you let them have power. You can decide to just keep moving forward doing what you love, 'turning the other cheek’ and just walk away from them.

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