Who’s Seeing Who?

It’s no secret that performers often display extroverted traits and enjoy being the centre of attention.

 

But the people in the audience need to be seen just as much as those on stage.

 

Some want to be seen as the sort of person that comes to your show (theatre-goer, jazz aficionado, friend of the ballet, heavy metal fan). Being seen at your gig helps them affirm the vision they have of themselves as someone who does things like this.

 

There is also an opportunity for a strong connection between performer and audience during the performance if you’re able to make eye contact. The fourth wall prohibits this in some forms of theatre, but a singer who asks looking at his audience can appear to lack confidence or be aloof.

 

Look for opportunities to form connections between the performers and the audience. Alt-rock singer songwriter Amanda Palmer makes a point to engage with fans after every show, ostensibly to sign merchandise, but really to connect with the people who come to her shows.

 

Wanting to be seen is a deep, primal human need.

 

Creating a meaningful personal connection with someone makes a real difference for both of you. As an artist, you are affirming that the relationship between performer and audience is two-way.

 

Art cannot exist in a vacuum. It’s about connection.

  • Connecting ideas
  • Connecting people
  • Connecting people with ideas

 

Where can you find extra opportunities to create authentic connections with the people you perform for? How can you show that you see them as they’re seeing you?

 

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