Literary Magazine Spotlight: 5 Tips for a Successful Performance

Literary Magazine Spotlight: 5 Tips for a Successful Performance

Marilene Rivas, Staff Writer

 

With Literary Magazine’s first show this school year being a success, many onlookers have wondered what it takes to bring their talent up to the stage. The following five tips have been extracted from the experience of multiple performers, some of which are in the Literary Magazine class which hosts the show itself. Using these guidelines anyone, regardless of experience, will be able to perform like a pro under the spotlight.

  1. It’s all about your voice. The tone of your voice will seep into the audience and fuel them with the feeling it holds. For example, if a poem is read with a low, monotonous tone, then the audience will be as bored and unengaged as the piece sounds. To captivate the public, a piece, from prose to poetry alike, should be read with inflection. If the piece depends on its jovial mood, then it should be read in a loud and bubbly manner. Volume is also crucial. Unless the poem calls for a soft-spoken speaker, then a booming voice is bound to capture everyone’s attention, from the front of the crowd to the outskirts.
  2. Memorize the presentation! This cannot be stressed enough. There are many acts with unprepared members who struggle to make it halfway through their parts, which only ends with an embarrassing scene between the spectators and the presenter(s). It should be ensured that the piece is known thoroughly, the sooner the better.
  3. Practice, practice, practice. Although some may believe they have their performance memorized, they buckle from pressure and nervousness and seem to forget everything they thought they knew the night before. With the help of practice one will be prepared to deal with the somewhat nerve-racking situation they are faced with on stage (although don’t let this sound too intimidating).After a while, everything will come naturally and mistakes can be ironed out. It is suggested to even try to practice in front of a mock audience (maybe a sibling or a couple of friends).
  4. RELAX, no pressure. Many struggle with this, especially the first time around. The pressure of the crowd and the blinding beam of the spotlight makes hands sweat, voices crack, and bodies shake. There is a simple trick to ease this tension, breathe. Regulating one’s breath helps keep a relaxed heartbeat and prevents adrenaline. Breathe in 5 second segments: inhale, hold, exhale, hold, and repeat. This should be done right before a performance with enough time needed to be put at ease.
  5. Have fun. Although it may seem like a stressing task, the ultimate goal is to enjoy the experience. Even if there are occasional blunders, or if one experiences an unfortunate happenstance, there will be many supporters that appreciate the effort put into the performance. The environment is very friendly and everyone is understanding of each other. Nobody is going to laugh. No matter what happens, having the courage to attempt is admirable. With a general attitude like that, it is simple to find a way to have a pleasurable night.