I have always believed that you have to be in the right mood to create a decent act. Unfortunately not being in the mood will not help you to create an act nor will it pay your bills. But how do we get in the right mood?
Well to me the answer here is to be playful. You need to loosen up a bit and have a laugh. Some of the best material I have ever devised has come from being playful.
So how can we become more playful?
Surprisingly there are a few very simple things you can do to help get yourself in a more playful mood. Here is a small list:
- Smile – Smiling will put you in a better mood in minutes. Go on give it a quick try now!
- Laugh – Try watching something that makes you laugh as this will also help put you in a playful mood.
- Run – Even running on the spot will help; it releases endorphins in your brain.
- Games – Play games especially if you're with other people; tag is a fantastic one to get in that playful mood.
These are all examples of things that can help you get in the right mood. Give them a try you’d be surprised how much it changes how you feel. Make sure you warm up before any running and/or games.
Ok, so your feeling playful now; what next?
Well, I recommend asking yourself these two important questions:
- Who is your audience?
- What are they interested in?
These are things you need to know about your audience. If you don’t know who your audience is and what they are interested in how can you possibly hope to entertain them?
I want to take this moment to give this important piece of advice; don’t be afraid to try something new. As one of my teachers once said “the only bad idea is no idea” and it is so true. All ideas are worth trying. Sure it might not work out. But if you don’t try it you’ll never know. For all you know that might have been the best idea ever and you just cast it aside.
Once you know your target audience you can start to think about what they would want to get out of going to see your show. Now you need to think about this one for a while because they could have gone to any show. Why would they choose to come to see your show?
Not sure? I had the same problem when I started. I dealt with this in the same way that most in this situation do. I picked an expressive song and started to create a movement based Diabolo act. How? Experimentation! Trying different things to the music. Seeing what worked well and what didn’t work so well.
So get out there and give it a go – Go experiment!