Handling Pressure by David Rosenthal
In class, in an audition or on the job, you obviously want to make every situation as optimal as possible, both for you and for whoever else is concerned. That way you'll be free to give the best of what you have to offer and make everyone else happy in the process. Surprising then, how often this doesn't happen. Here are a few tips on how to alleviate some of the inevitable pressures associated with performing and auditioning.
Most importantly, make sure you shape your own experience as much as possible.
● Treat yourself with kindness, admiration and respect. It's a pretty amazing feat to do what you do, and to make it sound easy! Stay positive and leave all self-criticism at the door. People will hear it, see it and be turned off by the "downer" nature you bring with you into the room. So, in a nutshell, give yourself permission to truly shine and give the wonderful read you know is inside you!
● Bring the creativity of play into
everything you do.
● Don't ever get caught feeling like you are rushing yourself in an audition, in class, or job. Take the time to practice until you are
happy and ready. Plan ahead, arrive early and you'll feel relaxed and
ready rather than rushed and panicky.
● Spend a moment saying hello and creating a relationship with whoever else you are dealing with. It'll go a long way if things ever get sticky. Trust us, one day things will get sticky.
● Make sure you are well-hydrated, have eaten that day (brain food, preferably) and don't suddenly need to run off to the bathroom.
● Wear comfortable clothing whenever possible.
● Whatever the engagement, leave your personal life- worries at the door, otherwise don't do it!
● Have fun!
As a matter of fact, if all you remember is that last tip, HAVE FUN, the rest will follow! David Rosenthal is the founder of Internet Voice Coach
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