There are two distinct types of work when it comes to any activity you want to get involved in:
These are the two ways we, as performers, have to be taking persistent and consistent action towards our goals.
So what do I mean by this exactly?
Let’s put it in terms of food (because, ya know… health coach… and I mean really who doesn’t love food amiright?)
Think of your FAVORITE dessert. For me, personally, it’s most kinds of cake smothered in chocolate Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker frosting. You know… the cheap stuff. SO GOOD!
Cake is one of those things that, if it’s around, I will eat it all. I mean, I’m an adult, so I do have some sort of ability to control myself. But if I was allowed to without consequences? All cake all the time. Happily.
In reality, here's what happens when I have cake all the time:
Numbers 1-10 there is what I see SO. MANY. ACTORS. Do. Only it’s not with cake… it’s with shows.
Being in a show is the general application bit I was talking about in the beginning. Cake is, in reality, just calories. Calories are the way our body gets energy and life, but that’s not ALL it needs to keep running efficiently.
And shows are NOT the way to improve specific skills!
For the body to keep running in an efficient and energized manner, we need vegetables, and protein, and whole grain carbs (maybe depending on the person). We need SPECIFIC and FOCUSED types of energy to stay healthy.
And, in order for our performance to improve, we need SPECIFIC and FOCUSED work in the areas that make up our performance.
All of these are specific areas that probably have a big ol’ “NEEDS IMPROVEMENT” grade on them.
"But whenever I feel like I do really good work in a lesson, I never feel like I can do it again on stage!"
YES! THAT’S OFTEN TRUE!
And it’s kinda the point...
In my studio specifically, you’re in a very specific environment, learning a very specific thing. Often, I have taken away as many variables as possible. Leaving you with the ability to really DEEP DIVE into a super specific feeling or skill. As you get better and better and identifying sensations and recreating specific vocal environments, the muscles slowly start to learn what they should be doing (instead of going on auto-pilot with old habits).
Stepping into a rehearsal adds WAAAAY more variables. Enough that it can often feel like you’ve lost EVERYTHING you worked on.
But behind the scenes those muscles are learning how to adjust. When you keep a bit of focus on your voice, they are able to slowly, over time, actually accomplish what we want them to…
Efficient and Sustainable Singing!
But that TIME and FOCUS and SPECIFICITY cannot be skipped. Otherwise you’re only ever working on auto-pilot BUT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.
You don't need to be in three shows at a time to succeed in this business...
You DO need to be in 3 lessons, or classes, or any of those areas of FOCUS. You DO need time and space to hone in on what is working and what is not. You DO need to think of these areas of focus as long term investments.
So put down the cake. Pick up a piece of broccoli. And allow your body the work it needs in order to be the best performer you can be.
You will never be “done”. But you will ALWAYS get better (and better and better and better and…)
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