This is the continuation of an essay that I wrote for a set of lecture notes years ago. I am adapting that essay for this blog. To read the initial blog post, Know Thyself Part 1, click here.
When I initially write this essay, one of the big trends in television were shows about makeovers. There were many numerous shows that basically focused on changing someone.
First, the show would introduce you to the subject and then that person shared with the viewer what it is that they didn’t like about themselves and what they wanted to change. These makeover subjects then typically would undergo surgery to physically alter the way that they looked. After a period of healing, the show then revealed the “new” person to their family, friends, and the viewer at home.
When I saw these programs, many times, they bothered me. It’s not true in all cases, in fact in some cases I believe that these shows did a good thing for their subjects. What bothered me was when I saw someone changing themselves in order to please the world.
As a performer, I want to be an original. I want to be myself onstage. I want my audience to perceive my authenticity. No makeovers. No plastic surgery for my magic. I don’t want anyone to ever feel as though I am interchangeable with any other magician out there. That is why understanding who you are and where you come from is important.
You don’t want to be a clone magician do you? You shouldn’t, you have much more than that to offer. Trust me. It’s there within you. It may take some time and effort to bring to the surface, but it is sooo worth it.
I wanted to share this essay with you to outline a few ideas of why knowing who you are is important. I sincerely believe that if you are comfortable with yourself (and that can be quite a large step itself), that comfort will allow you to open up creatively and play with different ideas that you have. Your creative process will be unleashed because you will not be hindered by fear of ridicule or failure, you won’t be worried about what other people think, and your imagination will be given freedom to create. So again I say, know thyself.
Until next time...Make An Impact!