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Stage presence: 5 tips
Hi, how are you doing?
This month, I am writing specifically for those – among you – working or studying in the field of performing arts.
Today we share some tips about: stage presence.
Stage Presence does not come by the use of magic, nor because “I have studied this and that”; stage presence comes with daily training.
This job involves the use of our body, so we absolutely need to look after it.
Otherwise, performer, we are not going to make a proper living out of it.
Do you seriously believe that your muscles, after months of beer, junk food, lack of sleep and no physical exercise could make it?”
You are not standing on your feet just for the sake of gravity, performer.
1. take care of your body
Actually, there is no proper average rule, but there are a number of practices and habits that anyone can develop over time, instead.
For instance: I gave up pasta 9 years ago (it means that – contrary to the majority of Italians – I have it twice a month). I found out that pasta was not good for me and I start introducing new carbs. Does it make sense?
2. daily train
We are now talking about perseverance (that is the dialogue with yourself).
I went through difficult times, where I had to balance my job as a performer with that of the waitress or the babysitter; furthermore, I used to live in places where personal space was often reduced to a minimum (and the concepts of “mine” and “yours” were blurred).
Never lose your way (EVER), otherwise it is a mess.
A determined personality and a natural talent are not enough, as your body needs to be properly trained with effort and fun (oh, don’t count on it).
Yes, instead. Fun comes when you get lost into the movement and in order to make it you need an action plan.
3. plan your effort to see rewarding
Organise (PLEASE) your creative stuff and do work on your body smartly. Our training consists in a mix of exercises to enhance/keep flexibility, mobility, reflexes, spatial sense, physical creativity (to quote a few). Schedule your work and put it straight into your bullet journal.
Craft your bullet journal.
(If you have already done yours, just breath and relax: this is not for you). I have already told you something about it in the January article, where you can find a tutorial.
4. make movement economy
We too often think about movement as something really intense and hard, a moment for your body to sweat like a true-alpha-warrior.
Well, that is untrue.
One of the fundamentals of any stage movement is optimising your efforts
For this, I suggest an effective exercise: the
Stage Action Study
1. Think about a daily action (for instance: chopping a carrot)
2. Go to the kitchen and do it.
3. Make it again (and again) until your body records it and you are confident enough.
4. Segment the action in small-actions, for this download the work-sheet that I have done for you (come on, click and get it!). You will easily realise how natural you will go to the next step:
5. Choose the fundamental small-actions only! (It does not mean to speed up and rush to the end, as it is a struggle”, okay?)
6. Replay your articulation phrase with the right breathing.
7. Act it out with different intentions (for inst: with rage, with passion, with fear
5. move bigger
You are on a stage under the spotlight (so make essential, clear and precise movements); however, the audience sitting over the last rows – maybe a little short-sighted too – will need an extra effort
Remember: you are not in a daily space and you are not acting for yourself!
And – for February – it’s done! If you have not done it already, download your infographic!