When we ask people to join us on stage at the Pelican Playhouse, many times the response is: “But I don’t want to be an actor.”
So, you don’t want to be an actor, but do you want to be in control and calm when you make a presentation at your job? How about the community activity where you volunteer? Your church functions?
Our daughter, Elary, spent this weekend in NYC at a convention for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has written a novel aimed at middle-grade (ages 8-12) and young adult readers (ages 12+). Two convention sessions required her to read the first 500 words of her manuscript to a table of writers and one industry professional. She was in essence “pitching” her novel to the professional in the hopes it might get published.
Elary was a little nervous and anxious about how the words would be received. But she did not have anxiety about “how” she would deliver the pitch. She read it in the voice of Aiden, her novel’s main character. How was she able to pull that off without the nervousness you might expect? Elary has years of performance experience from numerous plays at the Pelican Playhouse. Standing in front of an auditorium of people, performing over and over again, gave her the confidence to be able to pitch her idea to a group of people, one of whom could help her advance to the next level in her writing. She did well!
Elary never plans to be an actor. But a little theater goes a long way in turning a dreaded public speaking nightmare into a productive and successful opportunity in the hands of a confident presenter.
Join us…and see for yourself!