Theatre: How to control stage fright

Hello all!

Today, I will show you how to control and overcome stage fright.

Stage fright is not an easy thing and can be very frightening. Stage fright symptoms include a racing pulse, rapid breathing, sweaty hands, trembiling of hands, knees, lips, and voice, dry mouth, nausea and an uneasy feeling in your stomach.

This is very serious and can seriously affect someone. So here are 6 steps to overcome stage fright:

  1. Choose a goal.
    The first step in overcoming stage fright is having your goal in mind. Whether it is a speech or a performance you want to have a clear intention about what you want to tell the audience. Try not to let your thoughts scatter and focus on that goal.
  2. Pick a focal point. 
    When you walk onto that stage, pick a focal point to send all your nervous energy towards. Stage fright is all a mental game. When you choose a focal point you are tricking your mind into thinking that you have let go of all your anxiety. Image result for stage fright
  3. Breathe intentfully.
    When you are nervous your breathing tends to get out of hand without you realizing it. The anxiety you are having is affecting your breathing and when you are nervous your breath tends to get faster and shallower. This is what you DON’T want to happen. Instead, breathe intentfully and allow a pause inbetween your sentences to focus on your breath. This will really help to get rid of your nerves.
  4. Release muscle tension.
    When you get anxious your body tends to tighten everything. This means our muscles contract and squeeze. Even your stomach gets tight and this is terrible for blood flow and anxiety. To get rid of this, try progressivley relaxing your body. This means start from the top of your head and release all the tension slowly, muscle by muscle, until you have reached your toes. Drop your tongue from the roof of your mouth and just relax.
  5. Tell yourself something positive.
    This goes with step 1. After you have your goal in mind encourage yourself. Remind yourself of something positive. This could be something simple like “You got this.” This will allow you to be proud of how far you’ve come and words of encouragement can really make your nerves cease.
  6. Use your anxiety to your advantage.
    Anxiety can sometimes be a good thing. If you look at anxiety with a different perspective, you can actually find that if you use your anxiety to pump yourself up your performance will go better. So, try this nextime.

 

Try all of these steps next time you have to do a performance or say a speech and remember everyone gets nervous so relax and you got this!

 

Theatre: How to Project

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Projecting is one of those things that takes time to get the hang of it. When you first start acting, you aren’t used to using your voice in a way in which everyone can hear. Some people have an even harder time than others because they are shy or speak very quietly.

Here are some quick tips on how to project:

Step 1: Don’t be afraid to use your voice. In theatre, your voice is your tool. You use it to express emotions and to tell a story. Use your voice and great results will come out of it.

Step 2: Don’t scream. Projection is not a scream. It comes from your lungs and very deep in your throat. When you speak your chest is contributing to a big portion of your projection. Then think about speaking loudly, in a very clear voice.

Step 3: Practice in front of a mirror. See yourself physically speaking loudly. Also speak in front of other people and get tips for them. Most of the time you can’t hear yourself so try to have other people hear it for you.

Step 4: Hear your voice bounce back while you are performing. Most stages (that are indoor) have a concave looking circle at the back of the theatre. This was purposefully made so the actors could hear their voice bounce back. This sounds sort of like an echo. So, if you can hear your voice bounce back then you are speaking loud enough for everyone to hear. If not, try to speak a little louder.

 

How to: Draw an Eye

Ever wanted to draw that realistic eye. Here is a few steps to show you how:

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Step 1: To draw a realistic eye you first want to outline the shape of the eye. This step does not have to be perfect. Draw lightly and try to get the basic shape of the eye.

Step 2: Draw the inner circle of the eye. This should be light and not in the middle of the eye. It should come from the eyelid and stretch all the way until almost touching the bottom of the eye.

Step 3: Draw the Pupil and highlight a square in the eye.

Step 4: Next Fill in the Pupil with a light grey and draw the eyelid. This should be close to the eye and very dark.

Step 5: All that is next is lots of shading and highlighting. Remember: Start light and gradually shade darker. The top of the inner circle of the eye should be dark since it is shaded by the eyelid.

Step 6: Add the eyelashes and swoop them up to make a 3D effect. Don’t add too many eyelashes and keep it simple.

Step 7: Add some depth to the inner of the pupil and shade the corners of the eye and the eyelid.

Step 8: Your finished! Congrats! Keep working on your eye if you don’t feel like it is perfect. Practice makes perfect, after all.