Monday, May 31, 2010

To Boot or Not to Boot? That is the question

So you think a BOOT CAMP will develop your creativity, sensitivity, sensory awareness and subtle energy presence on stage?

I happen to think that actors need the exact opposite: gentle, positive, relaxing, nurturing of your instrument; and a mind, body, spirit connection. You ARE after all, the work of art.
So, let's say you are a musician; would you send your Steinway or Stradivarius to a boot camp for tuning?  Would you want the tuner of your instrument to bang on the keys violently or to use force when repairing your delicate instrument? Of course not! You'd want them to take good care of it and be gentle, respectlful, loving so they tune it to its highest potential. It's time to do the same with your instrument-self. 

Use self-love, self-appreciation, and self-esteem development techniques...Tune and clear your body and mind gently, lovingly. Use  yoga, stretching and visualizations and energy relaxation exercises. Enfold your emotional range with safety and stress relief techniques. Learn the anatomy of your emotional and energy system to better manage the highs and the lows.  Discover ways to recuperate your strength your energy and your power. Reclaim your creative self, reclaim your Artist within. 

In order to do this your approach must be loving, caring, and appreciative. You must be indulgent and understanding. You must listen to your selves, to the voices within. You need to take the time and allow the space for your inner artist to enfold his wings.
You need to listen within.

Each of you, artist, is unique, precious and fragile too. Like flowers, sunsets or rainbows, you illuminate when you perform, yet your works of art are always changing and ephemeral.

 Your training must take this into consideration. You are a living work of art.

FMI about how to use these self-development techniques on your own, read my book A BALANCING ACT and visit
or contact me.

Emmanuelle Chaulet, acting coach