If I only ever managed to write one blog post, this would be it: the essential message that I desperately want every performer to hear...
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The Mindful Performer was born out of my sheer frustration and incredulity that performers are not taught the essential mental skills for peak performance. So many performers suffer in silence from performance anxiety, low self confidence and insufficient focus and concentration whilst proven, effective and achievable techniques are readily available.
With thanksgiving just passed, it seems appropriate to bring up the topic of gratitude. Whilst I haven’t traditionally celebrated Thanksgiving, I've had the pleasure of joining friends at their Thanksgiving celebrations in recent years and was touched by the sentiment of the holiday. Whilst the food was fantastic it was the moment we went around the table and said what we were grateful for that really stayed with me; I was heartened by all the lovely details that my friends chose to focus on. Each were experiencing their own challenges in life, but able to see the silver lining. Some even described their struggles and gave thanks for the resulting learning curve, which was very humbling!
Robert De Niro recently gave a commencement speech to the 2015 Tisch School of the Arts graduating class in NYC. It’s full of tongue in cheek cynicism, and well worth a watch… There are many amusing moments, but also some really poignant ones, particularly about rejection.
Rejection is an inevitable part of any performance career, and there is no doubt that it stings! It’s not unreasonable to want to have a little cry if you are disappointed by an audition - you may even mope around the house for a day or so in your PJs watching Friends reruns… but there are some reactions to rejection that will help you move forward, and others that, in the long run will only do you harm.
Here are some things you don't want to do:
Welcome to The Mindful Performer!
Throughout this blog, I will be sharing my thoughts and insights, based on the latest performance psychology research, to inspire and enable your peak performance. Whether you are a singer, instrumentalist, actor, dancer or public speaker a life in performance is both thrilling and rewarding, but it can also be a great challenge, marred with regular rejection, scrutiny, crippling challenges to self esteem, self-doubt and gruelling schedules. In this modern, competitive world, where there is always someone else to take your place and where bottom lines regularly trump the nurturing of talent, we need to address the limiting beliefs and thoughts that hold us back, and recognise the capacity of our brains to empower rather than derail us. If we don't, we are likely to be left behind.