From A Chorus Line’s “What I Did for Love” to Tosca’s “Vissi d’Arte” – I live for art – performers know why they perform.
Actors, dancers, musicians and vocal artists live and breathe their music, dance and drama. Their love of their art form and of performance has imprinted a personal and professional lifestyle and psychology that defines who they are and how they perform, their ways of being and behaving.
Yet, to be a performing artist can be one of the world’s most emotionally, mentally and spiritually challenging professions.
Many performing artists speak about how psychologically edgy performing is. Operatic superstar Placido Domingo believes that performing must involve danger. Two-time Oscar-winner Sally Field says she takes a psychological razor to her insides every time she performs. The great modern dance pioneer Martha Graham maintained that a life of performing was one of “Blessed unrest.”
Is it any wonder that so many artists often feel out of control, invisible, creatively empty, unable to reach their performance potential… thinking about leaving the profession, wondering where has all the love gone.
Even the most psychologically stable performer may experience anxiety, depression, spiritual ennui, become self-involved or resort to self-numbing behaviors.
Performers work with Elma to:
Performing artists find their voice by addressing their personal needs and the professional obstacles and psychological hazards of their profession.
Ms. Kanefield believes that she has the best ‘job’ in the world because she is fortunate to engage with people whose life-defining work, in Hamlet’s musings, “holds a mirror up to life.”
I know who I am now.
“I’m finally saving money.”
I know, it’s not personal.
“I did the best that I could do at the time.”
My energy no longer goes up and down.
“I stay in the now when I perform.”
I can be around other drinkers.
“I auditioned them.”
I’d rather hug myself than beat myself up.
“I am more than what I do.”
My mistakes are my way to learn.
“I can compete with my friends and still love them.”
Perfection is impossible; I can be excellent.
“Judging blocks my potential.”
I don’t get stage fright anymore.”