Developing an Onstage Persona

Developing an Onstage Persona

Do you adopt an onstage persona or do you perform as yourself? It’s an interesting question. It may depend on your level of self-efficacy or how introverted vs extraverted you are or perhaps you want to keep a piece of yourself away from the public eye?  To the best...
Perfectionism

Perfectionism

Perfectionism is rife in the Performing Arts. I’m guessing you know may have noticed this but interestingly it doesn’t seem to impact everyone in the same way….  For some artists they find their perfectionism deeply rewarding,  their relentless ambition to keep at a...
Flow

Flow

Hungarian-American Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi made his life’s work on what makes a person resilient and happy with their circumstances, whatever they might be. In the 1970s he did an exhaustive study involving tens of thousands of people whom he interviewed...
Tend and Befriend

Tend and Befriend

Performance Anxiety comes up whenever we stand in front of others. Sometimes we perceive these feelings as excitement but all to often the developing performer perceives these feelings as cause for loss of control and heightened tension. With the fight or flight...
Beta Blockers

Beta Blockers

Well today I thought I’d dive in and find out about arguably performing artists’ most common performance enhancing drug, Beta-blockers (often prescribed as propranolol). In studies of professional orchestral musicians beta blockers have a reported use rate of between...
Performance Under Pressure

Performance Under Pressure

We all know that as performing artists we are expected to perform whilst others are watching. Well our students arguably have it worse. From their perspective, they have to perform whilst others watch and assess their performance for grading, admissions, competitions...