Archive | June 2016

Anatomy of breathing

In my ongoing effort to provide resources for my students and others, here’s an excellent site about the anatomy of breathing:

http://tips.how2improvesinging.com/anatomy-of-breathing/

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What to do?

I was visiting with a musical theatre alumnus a few months ago, one who is now working in the industry as an agent’s assistant.  He is seeing the musical theatre world from a wholly different angle.

I asked him what he knows now that he wishes he would have known three years ago.

His response:

  • Do a student film.  You will need to have a reel, and you need experience acting in front of the camera.
  • Engage in other creative activities.  Write.  Read novels.  Do improv.  Take an art class.  All of this will feed your own creativity on stage.
  • Leave college with a video reel.  You need quality excerpts of your on-stage work in college.  Beg your department for a two different two-minute clips of your best work on stage.

I would add to this:

  • See everything you can.  Even community theatre can be instructive.
  • Learn from the negative example.  We can learn what not to do just as readily as we can learn what to do.
  • Do experimental and devised theatre.
  • Learn a song — and learn it well — in at least one foreign language.
  • Take music theory courses seriously.  Anyone who sings needs to comprehend and be able to apply the symbolic language of music.

And read and do this: http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/my-advice-to-my-younger-self/

Ways to practice

How do we hone our own skills without guidance from an outside voice?  Dramatics magazine ran a great article about this topic in Fall 2015.  While the specifics are pointed toward actors, the sentiment is true for singers and opera performers and singing actors of all kinds.

Here’s the article.  It’s a short, worthwhile read: on-your-own