I had a long line today . Not that I mind , I wouldn’t be playing my part in this , if I wasn’t there for you when you need me .
Much were saying the same thing . “What do I need to do , to get better ? ”
That’s a hard one to answer and I usually say
” what do you think , you need to do ? ”
Because really it’s up to you …
You know you could change “in a heart beat ” if you really wanted to. I’m just not sure many of you do right now ?
It’s all about priority .
What your priority when you come to PACE.
To get better at “acting” ?
To experience it all ?
To stay much the same ?
I think the “flush of want” was slightly off the oranger cheeks this week. I think the word ” complacency ” was creeping in a little, where once genuine passion was present
The warm up – going through the motions of it and a quietness in the spaces and I could also tell that with the non presence of all but a trusted few on the blog over the past weeks .
5/6 who make the effort to say to me that they are still interested more or at least there at the end of a post ? and for that appreciative ? maybe of the extra effort I put in , to stay connected to you outside the once a week space we share ?
I could also just switch off and scroll my news feed , get swallowed up in lost time , but I think some times it’s important to stay in touch, more personally , in this other drama way and not use a lazy thumb in place of my cyber voice.
Priority will always define you here , it will always measure your progress and , may hold you back , if occasionally you don’t put it first – when it most matters. That’s first in a broader sense . Not ahead of school. Just first when you come here .
The thing about getting better is , you need to be “in it ” all the time – the change vibe that is -the want to work at the stuff that’s quite hard now.
If you are a completely different person outside the space, then don’t expect to be great in it .
If you spend your entire life trying to be someone else , then how do you expect yourself to be able to be you again, here in the room ? You can’t , because you don’t think you is often good enough. The other version of you is the one you prefer to be.
That’s what is going wrong for some of you just now
The fitting in outside ?
The need to be the popular choice ?
The wallflowers that no one bothers about, better just keep a low profile ?
So when you suddenly come to act – you naturally stall .
Because you still haven’t “met your truer self ” yet , not really .
You are still pretending most of the time, to be another?
In sessions it’s important to give the real you a chance , that you wouldn’t give yourself outside . Because you are worried about what others think , or what they might say or do to you if you acted the way you more honestly felt.
But…where else are you going to be able to relax and be yourself with like minded others than in a truthful drama space – drama is about self expression, allowing yourself to act freely, because you love being creatively you.
Acting is also about finding yourself in another some times , but by taking bits of yourself that you understand and finding bridges to these others you have to be too.
You are not all the same , but you are similar .
You are all insecure and unsure of yourselves , especially at this age
Second year is the hardest I think . The novelty of first year is over and you are left with what you create going in to high school .
Not always the best choices as many find out by third year and I’m not talking just subjects. It’s the group clique that often do most harm on the way up, the school ladder.
Well…What can you do to combat this ?
One thing is take what you have signed up for here and live every moment as if it really matters .
Gorge on the culture , Google every word , every concept you don’t know
Express ideas and opinions more openly with one another
Own up to your feelings , however small or insignificant you think they are
Don’t second guess yourself , gut instinct is always right For the drama space – it’s the one place you don’t have to go to a school text book for the answer.
Make your presence felt every time you speak, let people know you are in this for more than mere fun.
Don’t hide and hug the walls , or worse your knees !
Be whale-like in the way you approach your work .
Breach the surface of your usual calm state , make waves in the space, shower yourself and others in your passion for drama , don’t fall to the bottom of the class , like a dull lead weight and anchor your ambition to floating sand
So the VOICE session was complicated – so what …how many teenagers get a chance to really understand how wonderful their voice is as a machine ? Get to work on it , to give themselves a better tool of communication for their futures.
So …I was quite short in my critique of groups progress – so yes …I need to start being tougher with you now , to push you up , forward , centre and out your young comfort zones.
That’s my way now we know one another better . You have to trust me that it is for your eventual good .
The line of “ask M” spoke volumes , about how many felt themselves slipping back to lazy habits …
Some of you were great younger . Yes we know that …
But those days are gone and you’ll have to change , evolve , grow into stronger adolescent performers now …not remain PACE “child stars” , please stop living in the shadow of your pace-past .
Look what happened to PAN because he couldn’t lose his shadow ?
You all ” go dark ” at some point in Spires , like a veil over drawn your performance light , and always more with the really good ones , because they fear more, that they fall from a greater height in others eyes .
They don’t though – fall , they just don’t fit their younger bodies and voices and minds any more and need to find something new to become . You are still there and your performance light , but as a caterpillar changes to butterfly, The chrysalis stage is the time you need to take stock of what matters , make better choices and come to terms with the past , to be able to spread your wings Out and into the New .
Chrysalis is a time of personal growth through learning . It is its own powerful awakening . Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it.
If you dont want this tougher approach , this different road , this broader perspective . Don’t take it , stop now and we can find where else you can fit . It’s not failing , it’s being realistic.
But if you do then start making much more of an effort, and stop pretending you are working at it , when you are clearly not
This page is an extra class , merit it is as such ; and once a week let me hear “your hand up ” commenting in this Scene cyber space
10-20 minutes out your usual media week isn’t much to ask for a better pace life ? Stop being lazy and predictable
The culture is going to make you smarter and more stylish on stage , once you let your Teenage ego stop telling you it’s boring , none of your friends like that stuff , or you can’t actually be bothered …!!
The voice work is the stuff of real good ( short Oo) acting . Your jaw should hurt , your mouth feel stretched and out of place slightly , your energy levels should be drained ( but in a good feeling way )
You should go away thinking I was good ( short Oo) today . Not “how can I get better” ?!!
I’ll be patient with you if I see you giving back in other ways . Contributing beyond the class walls. In your culture pursuit , in your scene cyber interaction , in your approach in rehearsals.
If not I’ll tend to think this is not your thing and better to place you somewhere you’ll feel more comfortable .
I don’t want to push you where you don’t want to go . It’s not fair on you . If this isn’t for you.
You’ll never be pushed to be “actors” , it takes enormous talent and dedication to act, something few ever get to consider , but I’ll push you “as youth actors” when we work together.
And that’s a really great thing to be able to be part of .
That’s what makes Spires Thetare Scene special and very different from the other hundreds of stage schools and youth Theatres “out there” who don’t .
Who treat you like a staged chorus of kids, who think that’s all “young” people can do ?!
I refuse to see your age as a barrier to better technique early on . I see only your potential, and so I latch on to that and push, push , push …you off the edge of whatever you need to let go of …
We will have lots and lots of fun and laughter and good( short Oo) times ahead I promise ; but we can’t have great times till we all are singing from the same song sheet . ( even a well learned Russian one )
Till we all work as hard as each other . Look how hard I work in the space , start matching that ! You are more than capable if you try.
I’m not ever against you – realise that . I’m for you , but I’m for the “you” deep inside that some of you deny and consider not good enough to be seen .
I’m for the “you” that shines through your eyes , saying ” bring me out to play M ”
That’s the you I want to meet in Spires next Saturday . Okay ?
Not anyone else . Anyone else isn’t “good enough” for this – only you are .
Remember your friends , your group , your clique don’t “do ” drama – stop bringing their anti-drama values into your precious acting space
Kind of makes sense …doesn’t it ?
I’ll be in touch midweek with arrangements for next Saturday . Look over voice sheets . Listen for ” flat ” vowels in school , under energised voices , sounds stuck at the back of mouths , not being brought out for all to hear , the voices that shape your life.
Because unfortunately that’s the way you seem to want to speak in high school ? That’s the way you think you’ll be accepted ; and when you leave , you are stuck with it , a flat uninspiring voice because you’ve trained yourself that way .
In your head start saying , the right placement of the vowels
If you hear someone saying ” I wahnt chups ” – say ” I want ch- I– ps ” ( in your head )
Keep correcting yourself mentally when you hear yourself flattening the sounds . Slowly your brain will recognise the difference you want to make in the way you speak and your voice will improve – you will sound ” nicer ” .
Really practise the I sound , milk , chips , build , skill , it , fit , big …etc ( it’s a west of Scotland nightmare )
And if you do this , if you don’t forget what I’ve just said ; when you come to text – you will LEAP naturally ( and we all know what that means, because it’s there in your sheets )
Also go over the Russian. !! Armageddon the action film has a Russian in it , and his accent is good reference !
Check the Link : Vladimir Glenin For the International sung !
And maybe Remember to check out SKY ARTS ( Just 5 minutes of something really artistic and different , is worth a mindless hour of dance moms)
Go on …I dare YOU !
Stand clear , comrades there goes a real ” WHALE ”