Monday, August 23, 2010

The Secret



There is nothing that makes the road to being a better performer easier. Nothing you can buy. No lecture you can attend. No workshop. No tactics, gimmicks or a slicker promo package. There is really only one way to better yourself as a performer, develop your onstage persona and learn how to connect with an audience. And that is...just work. I wish I could hold a convention where aspiring performers would come so I could have the one and only lecture where I would reveal the secret to being the best you can be. The lecture would have one powerpoint slide that would say JUST WORK, and then I would send everybody home. Everybody wants to know if there is a secret formula to get around all the work involved in developing an act, being a better performer, etc. There is none. Just work.

9 comments:

  1. You must surely have heard the anecdote about when American author Sinclair Lewis was engaged to lecture at Columbia about writing. Lewis began by asking "How many of you here are really serious about being writers?" Several in the audience raised their hands. "Well, why the hell aren't you all home writing?" said Lewis, and sat down. (source: Barnaby Conrad, "Party of One")

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  2. Joko,

    That's a great quote/anecdote.

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  3. Thanks for the post Bill. My experience performing often and committing to focused practice is a mind set change - it's so easy to get sucked into watching other peoples polished work and stop creating your own.

    Great blog

    Colin

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  4. Bill you are so right! My motto is perform...perform...perform. That is the only way to perfect your act and persona.

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  5. Amen!
    A friend of mine used to say, The more you work, the more you will work! and I say the better you get at it. So as your work gets better you are gaining exposure at the same time. Its a win-win

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  6. Work is a good teacher, but come on guys, rehearsal, planning, and a director are helpful too. Granted many magicians do none of the above, and rarely if ever, have a director, but that is because they really don't respect their work as an art, and think of it only as a fun way to make a few bucks. More often, it's because they're cheap, lazy, and unoriginal. God, I sound like a curmudgeon.

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  7. Thank you for making it plain Bill!:)

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  8. yup... my advice is to find a brand new high end resort, find an upscale bar/restaurant owned by a pop star, settle in and work it for 20+ years.
    Only THEN will you be an overnight success..

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