Recognizing we are all works in progress, I am acutely aware of how I learn through teaching, doing, being. I don't believe we're ever "done," at a point of having reached the ultimate stage where there's nothing that could be different or better or improved. With that in mind, how do we record ourselves without losing our minds? Will it ever be good enough to actually record?!
Recording is inherently a vehicle for evaluating, right? It provides a platform to "get things just right" since it will be preserved for posterity . . . or at least until someone might find it and take a listen (or look). When we perform, we're in the moment, we send it out there, and it's gone forever (unless someone records it!). How do we make these two presentations more related?
Making recordings can be a daunting task - there's the nervousness akin to performing while faced with the glow of the red light . . . this can be even more challenging than an actual performance because there's no human interaction. Sometimes, though, knowing we can just do another take will be the confidence-boost to just go for it! And then there's the joy in knowing we have something usable down already, anyway - so let's just see what we really *could* do!
To me, knowing a recording is a snapshot of where we, our ideas, our interpretation, our development/progress - all are right here, right now - promotes growth. It helps me understand this is a learning opportunity. The trick is to do it often enough so we get used to the process and all the "stuff" it might dig up. If we're hoping our "winning takes" will magically happen when pressing record we are setting ourselves for a really unpleasant, unproductive experience.
So we have different uses for recordings (personal, audition, documenting our progress, launching a project, connecting with others, etc.) but no matter what, we will learn from this experience! Here are a few ideas from some mistakes I have made and also experienced - to help us all keep growing. I'm targeting this list for audition submissions, by the way:
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