Abrien Nelson Performance Experience Responses

  1. Describe how you want to experience your next performance. Imagine walking on stage: How do you want to feel physically? What kinds of thoughts do you want to be having? What emotions do you want to experience?

For my next performance experience I want to feel confidant in my material, and technique. I want to be able to enjoy what I’m doing and not have to think about anything other than being in the moment. I want my heart, brain, and body to react in the moment.

  • How would you like to come across to your audience? What image do you want to convey through your stage entrances, exits, and bows?

I want my audience to perceive me as authentic and true to my art, the message that I am trying to convey. I want my audience to feel engaged when the show starts and all the way until the end of the show or program.

  • Have you recently videotaped a performance and later watched it with a mentor to discuss your stage presence? If not, when might you be able to do this?

I have not recorded a pervious performance to watched it. The next performance I have would be Legally Blond here at JU, and then Sister Act the Musical at Theater Jaxs.

  • How do you experience performance anxiety? Describe your specific symptoms:
  1. Physical : shaking or sweating or headaches.
    1. thought patterns (self-talk):  that is negative, rapid and over thinking.
    1. Feelings of doubt and uncertainty.
  • Of the interventions described for handling anxiety in this chapter, which do you plan to work on?

My negative thought patterns are a performance anxiety experiences that I would like to manage.

  • Have you ever experienced discomfort during or after practice? What have you done as a result of feeling this discomfort?

My discomfort usually manifest in a sore throat, or physical sickness or exhaustion. I sleep or drunk hot tea or any throat medicine, I also go on vocal or physical rest.

  • How often do you take breaks during practice sessions? How long are these breaks? What do you do during these breaks?

I usually have thirty minute lessons and thirty to forty five minute practice sessions and I do not take breaks.

  • To help ensure a lifetime of healthy music making, what else (beyond taking breaks) can you do to help safeguard your performance health?

To ensure a lifetime of healthy music making I do not push myself past pain. I know my instrument well enough to know when I need to stop and rest.

Published by Abrien Nelson

My name is Abrien Nelson I am currently in his Sophomore year as a BFA Musical Theater Major. As an emerging artist, I am happy to share my passion with the Jacksonville Community. My next projects include Jacksonville University’s production of Casablanca and Legally Blonde.

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