I’m currently in rehearsals for the musical Spamalot which is a hilarious production based off of the Monty Python series. Its fierce dancing, hysterical humor and a cast full of awesome talented individuals. I am so excited to be in this production and I just love musical theater. The rehearsal process for any type of show can be difficult. It usually consists of a ton of hours in a small amount of space with the same people for at least 6 hours a day 6 days a week in a row. Its a lot. Most of us girls get on the same cycle, some people start having crushes on each other. Competition sets in on who is doing better than others picking up choreography etc. Again…its a lot…So basically if you have a bad attitude or you arent having the best day and your a little grumpy, hangry, PMSing, you name it you can rub many people the wrong way real fast. Im guilty of being in this position. We all are. So, for me I have a few go-tos that help me stay on my highest most confident frequency and block peoples negative vibes like basic chicks block carbs.
- Plan your day so you can slay(Read my blog about ways to slay your busy rehearsal days to really dive deeper into this. Have your schedule organized for the week. Prepare your meals. Keep your blood sugar at the right levels. Do not starve yourself. Listen to music you love. Read books you like. Mediate. Whatever you need for that day to work at the highest frequency do it all before you head to rehearsal.
- Workout/Warmup properly. I’m a grandma. I need my sleep. I need my coffee, and I need to warmup and stay loose. I am a master barre instructor in Los Angeles so I am lucky enough to workout for free, but if you are not take at least 45 minutes to stretch workout your core, warm up your body before any rehearsal. This warmup sets your mind and body straight and is special time just for you to give to yourself before a stressful or just over stimulating rehearsal. (see my blog about my specific barre inspiried warmup that I do )
- Journal/Blog write down your thoughts. This is one of the reasons I started this blog. It was a way for me to release some of the tensions that I was feeling during/after/before the rehearsals. I had an hour or more to let my mind go and dive into writing whatever I was feeling or was inspired to feel during that day.
- Remember to hangout with friends, coworkers, go on dates be a human outside of rehearsal. This is often hard for me. Dancing, singing and acting for at least 6 hours a day on top of my part time jobs, auditions, agent meetings is stressful. Often on my days off or nights free I want to go home, drink wine and CHILLLLLLLL….most likely with Netlix (Schitts Creek is my new obsession) even though it is good to take time to yourself, make sure you are also being social. Surrounding yourself with friends both in and out of the cast. Swiping right occasionally and being a member of society. We are humans first performers second. This lesson is meaningful and monumental. (See my blog post about Are we humans or are we dancers?…youre a f-ing human)
- Finally GET GRATEFUL. Finally I do this after every single rehearsal I have. I list in my head to my friend to my mom, grandma, brother, whoever it is what you are grateful for. Often as performers and artists we are so deep in the process that we truly forget how magical it is to pursue your dreams and act or dance or write or sing or all of these as our career. Get real and get grateful you are simply performing and that is such a beautiful thing
Overall, rehearsals and the rehearsal process can be draining and the bubble it creates is intoxicating both in a good and bad way. Finding your specific ways to balance out your mind, body, spirit helps you work better when you’re in the rehearsal room and it also keeps you open to the awesome opportunities that are available to you on this awesome planet. I hope some of my tips have helped you! Let me know what you think and if there is something that you do specifically to help you in your rehearsal process let me know!!!