OK, so your songs are the best they can be, your voice is the most open and relaxed it can be. Your body is energized and ready. You've got all your material memorized and the you've marketed your show effectively so that there is an audience coming.
Now comes the MOST important part…...
Making a relationship with your audience.
Without that all of your hard work is going to remain invisible.
Because, as much as we may be impressed with you as a performer, we won't actually care on a personal level. Sure, we may tweet about you and take a pic or two at the show but we won't necessarily go home with your spirit imprinted in our consciousness. We won't become 'FANS FOR LIFE"!
And that my friends is the ONLY way you will have "won" your audience over.
Good isn't good enough in todays market you need to be GREAT!
We only fall in love with performers because we believe they are extraordinary. Superhuman if you will. But that means having MORE courage, MORE determination. and MORE focus than your average human being. Correct?
And THAT my friends takes some digging down and doing some really hard work on your part.
OF COURSE IT'S PERSONAL!
Making a relationship with an audience begins with knowing yourself, what your strengths and weaknesses are...and where you hold back…in life.
Because although we use our voices to communicate the way a guitar player uses his guitar to make music in fact what we are actually playing is our emotional life.
If you aren't willing to be truthful your audience will be robbed of the essence of your songs.
If you don't like confrontation that will show up on stage. If you are uncomfortable telling the truth about your feelings…If you are someone who is uncomfortable with vulnerability or perhaps uncomfortable showing self confidence, courage or strength, all of that will show up on stage.
Making your inner life accessible to strangers night after night in venue after venue until it becomes "normal" to get on stage and allow your true self to be there is a process. Most of us stop that process once we are satisfied that we are able to "put a song across", but have we really created an intimate relationship with our audience?
AND HOW DO WE BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE BEING OUR HONEST SELVES IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE?
...Con't in Part 2
Micah Barnes works privately with singers at the SINGERS PLAYGROUND studio and in group workshops at The Winchester Street Theatre. Next Toronto workshop is Jan 16th check http://www.singersplayground.com/workshops.html for details!