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Olympic Stage, Your Stage – Part 4

Sochi Olympics winnerSo far, in the #OlympicStageSeries I’ve been posting this week, we’ve looked at Preparation, Technique, and Spontaneity.

I’m guessing you noticed the first 2 – it’s obvious an athlete (and a performer) needs to have prepared and mastered their technique. You may have seen the spontaneity aspect for Olympians and recognized the correlation for the stage.

But today’s concept is one I find few artists realize. It has to do with what your audience expects from you.

Free Form and Expectations:

Even in Olympic free form events, there are expectations from the audience and the judges. The athletes can’t just do whatever they want. They have to work within the limits imposed on them (time, course, fundamental requirements, etc.) that are expected of a creative skier, skater, or other athlete.

The philosopher Goethe said, “It is within limitations that mastery reveals itself.” Are you meeting your audiences expectations while also being creative?

 If you have a Backstage Pass, learn more about expectations with Tom’s blog on “Psychology and Your Audience”, or this video and blog about limitations on the stage, “You Need to Play By the Rules” – Backstage Pass required…

Photo courtesy Andy Miah

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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