>Performer’s Thought For The Day (Month, Year, Life)

>”You have to realize the important thing is to be focused on yourself and motivated by yourself, not by your peers.”
 — Daphne Fernberger, 18, Juilliard ballet student.

That’s partly very wise, and yet partly inaccurate. Self-motivation is terribly important, and looking to others for your strength — be it from praise, from support, or simply from any kind of attention — is not going to give you the strength you need, which only can come from self-motivation.
That said, competition against our peers is what spurred most of us on to excel to begin with. Without looking around to see how we stand up against others, many of us would get too comfortable to keep striving to create something better. It’s also part of the performing artist’s career to be judged and compared, constantly, to others. Plus, being too focused on oneself leads to living in one’s own little reality, and it can get lonely there.  It is not an easy line to toe.

Can you say if your biggest motivator is yourself, or others? Or both equally important?

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3 Responses to >Performer’s Thought For The Day (Month, Year, Life)

  1. Paschberg says:

    >For a grown up I think both is equally important. However looking back to childhood doing something in an attitude of complete abandon would be the ideal situation (its funny that there seems to be no english single word for "selbstvergessen" or is it rapt ? But the latter sounds more conscious and active)I can somehow remember such times long ago but it is not easy to reconstruct them for more than say one hour (a week). And I think this alone never would work for performers – but maybe for the work before the performance itself. Btw. the photo "Your basic future-mother-in-law from Hell" made me trembling – although there ist no longer danger for me to get "such one", you perform an archetypus feared by most men and women – I think.

  2. ljr says:

    >i don't know

  3. Marcellina says:

    >Paschberg: Hmmm. I was thinking more specifically about what motivates a person to work harder — to learn more, to practice more. You bring up something I had overlooked, which is the pure and simple joy of learning. This may be the one thing we neglect the most, as soon as we commit to the dream. As far as mental motivation, we performers must think like athletes, competing against each other and also against ourselves. But maybe this is true of many other careers as well?For Selbstvergessen, we do not have a perfect fit with an adjective, but one can say "forgetting oneself". Some musicians call this "flow" (eine Art Selbstvergessenheit) when you are right there in the moment.

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