Hello Creative Performers,
Let's take a moment of silence for legendary vocalist/feminist, Sinead O'Connor, who's memorial service was held on Tuesday, 08/08/2023. She was a passionate, brilliant, and brave soul, who struggled with a traumatic life, a radical hysterectomy, and borderline personality disorder.
Did you know that, according to Billboard Magazine, 73% of musicians struggle with mental illness? It's a sobering reminder of the challenges that can come with a creative life.
Sorry for not blogging last week, as I needed a mental health break I had to take a mental health break after a pretty traumatic incident in Atlanta, where I could have gotten shot! (Thank God, I'll be moving to a suburb!)
Speaking of safety, if you're dealing with mental health issues or past traumas, yourself, it's good to know that some acting techniques like Stanislavski, Adler, Meissner, and Method all rely heavily on recalling memories to get into character. But that can be a minefield if it triggers you or affects your acting ability!
Now, these four renowned acting techniques are used by many celebrated actors around the world. However, they may or may not be most helpful to you ~ and your needs.
If you could use an alternative, there is another way ~ Chekhov Technique.
Award-winning actors such as, Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Helen Hunt, Anthony Hopkins ~ and one my mentors, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color) ~ use Chekhov Technique, which was developed by Michael Chekhov (a relative of playwright, Anton Chekhov).
Chekhov Technique, is an acting approach that focuses on imagination, psychological gesture, and the use of the actor's body and energy.
Here are 10 Chekhov techniques to help an actor get into character:
Don't forget, dear reader, that your creative journey as a performer thrives best in a safe and creative environment that keeps your mental health and unique needs in mind. Take care of yourself, advocate for your mental and physical health, and remember to stay safe out there!
,Hey there, music lovers! Last week, was Part 2 ~ Key, and we talked about how the key can radically change a song. Today, let's dive into the world of singing with emotion. We all know that music has the power to move us deeply, and as singers, we strive to convey those emotions to our audience with authenticity and impact. We wouldn't want to sing a happy song in a sad or angry or shocked way, right? So, how can we take our singing to the next level and make our performances truly unforgettable? Well, let's explore four essential elements: facial expressions, sound, gestures, and sensations.
Let's unleash the power of facial expressions, sound, gestures, and sensations, to take our performances to new emotional heights. Connect with the lyrics, let your voice carry the weight of those emotions, and allow your body to speak the unspoken. Singing with more emotion isn't just about technique—it's about creating a profound connection with your audience and leaving a lasting impact. Let's bring our songs to life and make every performance an emotional journey to remember!
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