„I can’t really explain it, I haven’t got the words
It’s a feeling that you can’t control
I suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are
And at the same time, something makes you whole“
– “Electricity” from Billy Elliot
Last week, I went to the cinema to watch La La Land. But don’t worry, I don’t want to bore you with a list of the film’s assets, I want to tell you about the effect it had on me:
There was one scene (again, don’t worry, NO spoiler alert here ;-)) during which I completely forgot I was in the cinema. Only when the scene was over, I noticed the people around me again. There was another scene after which I wanted to break into applause because I forgot that the performance wasn’t live.
Isn’t that exactly the impact we want to have on our audiences? We want the audience to forget the world around them, don’t we? We want to cast a spell over our viewers. But how exactly can that be done? Is there a recipe? Yes and no!
Of course, you need the necessary talent and craftsmanship but you also need faith. Not only faith in yourself and your fellow actors but also faith in the fact that everything is going to be okay once you let go.
And when you start getting out of your head and let everything take its course, then you will feel that feeling. There are many words to describe it. You are vulnerable und that makes you strong. You are mad and angry, you fight for bare survival… and you feel larger than life. It is a little different for everybody. However, this feeling will only occur if you are willing to open up.
As in love, fortune favours the brave. If you never risk anything, you can’t get hurt. But if you build a wall around yourself, you will never be able to reach anyone. If you’re brave, you will risk being hurt deeply but you will also risk happiness.
You could argue now that prudence and reason are important (and yes, last week we talked all about making reasonable decisions) but on stage (as in life) we need to learn to listen to our guts.
This is why I’m asking all of you to trust your insticts and free yourself from the supposed expectations of others because only then YOU can be free. And THEN the magic will happen.