Performing in Flow

Flow is the mental state of a highly motivated individual when fully engaged in a chosen activity. The person is immersed in a feeling of energized focus and a sense of total involvement. Flow is completely focused attention; it is a single–minded absorption into an...

Adrenaline Junkie

Photo Credit: Matt Bowden Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you enjoy the rush? I hope your answer is yes, especially if you are a performing artist. Everyone, in audiences as well as audition panels, wants to feel the excitement of an energetic, emotionally charged,...

Periodization: The Secret Weapon for Winning Auditions

Do you ever find yourself peaking for your audition too early or too late? Do you feel yourself drained of energy before you even get to the audition? Or are you feeling so mentally and physically fatigued that you aren’t even motivated to prepare? If so, you are...

Real talk about beta blockers (Series – Part I of II)

I’ve been fortunate in my career to counsel musicians and athletes on how to do their best under extreme pressure and achieve peak performances at the right time. One thing I focus on is learning how to control and channel performance energy. While the mental training...

How to prepare for musical curveballs

PIC CRED: Jose Francisco Morales Over my 34-year career, I have heard some wild audition stories: candidates on the stage who can hear other candidates warming up, a panelist takes a phone call during an excerpt, an auditionee’s music falls off the stand and scatters,...

Meditation versus Centering: What is Best for Performing Artists?

There are all sorts of mental training strategies and methods available for performing artists. These include meditation, biofeedback, visualization, neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis, autogenic training, and the Centering Process. Which of these are you familiar...