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Episode 93: Performing for Your Audience

Knowing where your audience is when you are onstage is essential to making a connection.

The easy answer is “my audience is in front of me.” While that may be the obvious thing to say I will offer this: Are You Sure? When you are onstage you are filled with adrenaline and your nerves are firing like crazy. Add the fact that more often than not you have a spotlight (or 2) glaring in your eyes. Your intuition will have you walking forward blindly until you are close enough to the audience that you can see some of them, or at least make out where they are standing. This practice has you searching for your audience rather that appearing to instinctively know where they are. When you do finally locate your audience you will be so focused on the ones that are visible you will end up neglecting a majority of them. There are simple techniques and practices you can use to get a better idea of where your audience is and how to focus on all of them.

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Episode 92: Guide to Performing as a Group

Being part of a group of performers is very different from performing solo. You are a part of a team and must act like it.

When performing in a group, you need respect, trust,and chemistry, all of which can be developed. Unlike performing alone, there are others to consider during all aspects of the performance. From idea to creation to putting it on stage, everyone must feel part of the show and must have something they are contributing. Don’t be the person that is only there to follow and not participate. Its ok, to have a disagreement with another group member as long as you work it out and accept the resolution, even if it is not in your favor. There are simple unspoken rules of working in groups that every performer should follow:

  1. Be On Time
  2. Come prepared
  3. Be Present and Focused
  4. Let Others Shine
  5. Establish a Chain of Command
  6. COMMUNICATE

The final piece of the puzzle is chemistry. The group can technically exist without great chemistry but there has to be some level of connection to each other. You definitely do not want to look like strangers while you are performing on stage. The best way to get this connection and build some chemistry is have some fun together. During rehearsal, After rehearsal, hang out and do something different together. It can literally be anything BUT if you want to have some fun and build trust at the same time, try an escape room or a ropes course.

That’s it. That’s the magic recipe for a successful group. If you are missing even ONE piece, the group will inevitably fall apart. Respect each other, Trust in one another, and Be crazy together.

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Episode 91: Build Your Fan Army

Social Media has made it so much easier to connect with your audience between performances. So what do you share to keep them interested?

Times have definitely changed when it comes to growing your fan base. Before social media, performers would mingle with the audience and hope and pray they remember to show up to their next performance. In order to get any type of crowd to show they would stand on the street for hours upon hours handing out flyers. It was a very slow process. Now with a click of a button you can share who you are and what you do with thousands of people instantly. Social Media has made it super quick and easy to connect with people and build a following. But how to get them interested in you as a performer? You still have to mingle after your shows but now you hope they are curious enough to search for you on social media. Once they do it's important that you are sharing real and authentic contact with them. I blame reality TV for this but more and more people want to know what is REALLY happening with their favorite performers. Whether local or big time, they want to be clued in. Share rehearsal videos, share your progress of learning something new, share your diet and exercise program, Share life/family/pet updates (when comfortable). Thurn your audience into your fans by bringing them into your life.

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