|What type of psychological, physical, and emotional preparation do you do before a performance?
I prefer to play from context, and only add character or specific traits when necessary.
Vocal warm up, sometimes listen to music, relax and breath
Mainly I try to understand the script and the character's motivations. If it is a physical role, I will do some warm-ups. The rest comes with understanding the character as well as the intent of the director and the writer.
It depends entirely on the role and how much time I have to prepare. The one thing I ALWAYS do is a vocal warm-up. To me the voice is a vital part of a performance, particularly for theatre and a good vocal warm-up will also wake up your body and mind. Beyond that I will use whatever tools from my toolbox that may be useful: research, emotional memory work, physical stretching/work-out etc
I get into a zone of my own. I become the character before walking on a set or before opening. I listen to music as well. I think about my moment before. The moment before meaning what might have my character been doing before the first line of this scene? What am I trying to convey to the audience? I become one with my character.
Before any performance, I always remember to keep myself calm. I don't tend to get nervous, but if I do I always tell myself that there is honestly nothing to be nervous about. Recently, I've been very confident with every performance I've done.
I stand up, move around & breathe,....& just try to go for it as much as possible,...making it as Real as possible,....using real-life experiences, observations & my imagination,...
It depends on the project. I have used different methods including improvisation, Stanislavski techniques and research. More recently I have been getting more screen parts and have been using a method called the Headstrong approach which has been developed by Michael Ferguson at the Actors Centre in London. It aims at developing a very spontaneous and artistic performance.
I drink a vitamin water lemonade and mountain dew mixture. I also try NOT to think about the performance. I make sure my voice and body is warmed up but I dont go over lines or blocking or anything like that.
I always have a beverage handy to keep my vocal tract lubricated. And I make sure my smartphone is muted.
Become the character, live my life like they would. Feel them, believe in them.
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