Always Talk to Your Audience, Not at
During my career I have written
plays, musical comedies, and books. I have performed in movies, TV, live
theatre, done thousands of sideshow Ballys (each one in itself is a
performance). My rule to make an act or any of the above, or a political
speech, a speech at a banquet, or a lecture: talk to your audience, not at
them. Speak distinctly, use a correct vocabulary, but one that is tailored
to your audience in terms they will comprehend what is being said,, and
certainly sound sincere.
Even when you're talking re: on a light hearted subject such as a girl show
or if it is something you can put drama into, such as creating sympathy for
a sideshow performer with a deformity, the content must be believable even
if it is a total falsehood.
If it is a ventriloquist with A DUMMY THE VENT SHOULDN'T JUST HAVE THE DUMMY
SPEAKING WORDS. THE VENT NEEDS TO BRING THE FIGURE TO LIFE. THIS SOUNDS
CORNY, BUT IF YOU CAN CONVINCE YOURSELF THAT THE FIGURE IS ANOTHER PERSON
SPEAKING TO YOU, EVEN MOMENTARILY YOU CAN CONVINCE YOURSELF THAT IT IS A
REAL LIVE PERSON THEN AUTOMATICALLY YOU ARE CONVINCING THE AUDIENCE OF THE
IT IS DIFFICULT FOR A PERSON DOING SAY, TEN SHOWS A DAY OR FORTY BALLYS A
DAY TO NOT FALL INTO COMPLACENCY, DUE TO BOREDOM, TIRED-NESS, OR
DISTRACTION, AND BEGIN TO SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD, OR END UP TALKING AT
THE AUDIENCE IN A SING SONG VOICE.
Mainly as you perform, listen to yourself. A lot of people talk without
hearing what they are saying or more importantly, how they are saying it.
Enough from this old man.
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