SH 011: Are Great Performers Born or Made? | Round Table

Great performances capture our hearts and imaginations in a profound way.

It is the magic of these experiences that draw us back to the theatre, both as audience members and as performers.

This very magic, in its seemingly unquantifiable nature, poses a problem for performers and the greater cultural understanding of what it means to be a great artist.

How do you capture charisma if you don’t innately exude it? What is the “x factor” and what do you do if you’re not born with “it?”

These questions and more inspire the greater conversation of today’s topic.

In a culture obsessed with the phenomenon of the apparent overnight success and newbies making it big on the silver screen, many artists are left questioning whether they were “born for the stage” or not.

The truth is far more liberating and simple.

Join us as we delve into what makes a great performer.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • The dangers of comparison
  • Embracing the work to become great
  • Unhealthy aspects of competition
  • Debunking the power of the “x factor”
  • Acknowledging personal predilections, affinities, and weaknesses
  • Cultivating a positive creative environment
  • The myth of the overnight success
  • The ability to consistently deliver great performances
  • Technical versus performative skill
  • Rediscovering the liberated, playful spirit of creation
  • The joys and frustrations of hard work

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