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Skills Audit My main skills in performing arts are acting and singing. I am currently taking theatre studies at A2, which requires many skills such as: * Use of voice and body: the ability to show a character's personality (characteristics) through speech and movement. * Spatial awareness: utilising the space that is available creatively, to the requirements of the piece and/or the character. * Interaction: showing the relationships between two or more characters on stage by using speech, physicalisation and space. * Building a character: recognising given circumstances and being able to develop them. * Communicating with the audience and the power to hold and engage an audience: by creating an atmosphere, a gripping story line, by using different emotions and varying the way things are portrayed on stage. * Improvisation: being able to stay in character when the storyline you are creating is unknown. Also being able to keep the momentum of the piece flowing if someone makes a mistake. * Maintaining a character: holding a character on stage, not dropping the act by using physicalisation, and characterisation, especially when the actor is on stage for long periods of time. ...read more.


I also have regular singing lessons twice a week with a professional singing teacher. I have a half an hour lesson purely for singing, where we work on my posture, breath control, intonation, diction, phrasing and expression. Each of these skills is essential when singing for example: * Posture: keeping a well maintained posture helps direst the flow of air from your lungs, and also helps when reaching high notes as the stomach muscles are used frequently. Also posture makes you look like a singer rather than some who is singing because they have to. * Breath control: using your diaphragm instead of lifting your shoulders enables you to hold a lot more air and it is easier to maintain a note. The more someone works on their breath control the better it gets, by not having to take a breath during phrases it makes the piece you are singing sound a lot more complete. * Intonation: the ability to pitch a note correctly, it sounds obvious but when the accompaniment is playing something which is off putting, dischords for example, it is important that the singer is able to pitch the right note despite what the piano is playing. ...read more.


I mainly work on singing back a melody, which requires me to listen to and then repeat a melody correctly. I find this particularly difficult because I find it hard to remember the notes as well as the rhythm. One of the only ways to overcome this is repetition, so my short aural lessons are gradually helping me. Also I find sight singing difficult, I need to learn to look at the piano part as well as the melody that I am expected to sing as there are normally a lot of similarities between them. I also need to remember to count, this is one of my big downfalls in music, right from a young age I have never counted and always played or sung what is in front of me, but now as the pieces that I tackle are gradually getting a lot harder and more technical I am finding it difficult to keep in time. This can be overcome quite easily by tapping my foot but I very often forget. This is one of the main things that I want to improve over this year, my ability to count and also remembering to scan the piano part before hand. ...read more.

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