Entertaining the Performer: That's You!

3 Techniques to Maintain that Zing in Your Step

By Steve Kissell

While we are performing at the daycare, library, Vacation Bible School, birthday party or hospital, who is entertaining us? A performer constantly needs help in maintaining a sense of humor, purpose and spiritual lift. It is imperative that we care for the care giver as we are often called.

First and foremost is to connect with your support group, a friend just like you! I know it is said that opposites attract, however, we need to renew our energy by spending time with someone that understands and thinks like us. Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls for he has no one to help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

Each year I meet for a weekend with 5 of my closest pals from the entertainment world. We spend time attending movies, bowling, cooking and even playing board games. It is time for us to reconnect with like-minded individuals. And of course throughout the year we chat about marketing, performing and income ideas. When we have a problem or issue, we bounce it off each other and discover new ideas of handing a situation as well. In addition, we share special moments that we had while performing or just check in with each other from time to time. A successful entertainer must have a strong support group of friends to maintain a strong morale.

A second technique in maintaining a healthy system is to have a regular exercise of some kind, adequate sleep and drink plenty of fluids. Now I am not a doctor (but I played one in a skit once) but I know that many of these folks out there that are depressed, need to get off their couches and exercise! Wonderful chemicals are released throughout the body when we maintain a consistent exercise program. Something as simple as walking around the block is a help. Adding to that is adequate fluid intake. When we are thirsty, that is a sign that our bodies are already dry. One should constantly be drinking water throughout the day. Being dehydrated is not healthy and makes us feel tired. If a performer is tired, they will not eat well nor perform well.
Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is imperative to a successful performance. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

The third and most important technique of insuring a great performance is to pray before and after each program. I do not pray and ask God to help me do a great show, instead, I thank God for the super job that I am about to do. I am not boasting, I am confident that I have the gifts to deliver what is expected of me for the audience. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11. Remember what the greatest clown of all said: "Talents are gifts from God and when we use those talents, they are gifts to God!" Red Skelton.

Yours in Laughter,
Steve Kissell

1 comment:

  1. Canon John Jordan11/07/2010

    How very strongly and in every respect, I endorse the wisdom and guidance Steve Kissell has given to us all. Follow his good advice, and stick to his programme. Please permit me one caveat, Steve, which I offer with the very best motives in mind - also the product of experience. Maybe at 83 I am more and more conscious of these things, but as I recall, it was good advice given to me over sixty years ago. It concerns the most important habit of keeping well hydrated to keep the voice and throat in good order. BUT - remember just before you take the stage, make a necessary visit to the washroom, to avoid embarrassment in the midst of your programme. Then, even if you need a drink of water durimg the act, it won't add to a latent problem. Blessings, John.