When you are starting out your time as an entertainer of any kind, you need to figure out exactly how you are going to present yourself and your performance. You want to nail down a personality that your audience can appreciate and your clients can understand. If you get the right one going, people will be able to recognize your act before you even start.
Taking a good look at yourself is a great first step towards finding out the right entertainer personality for you. Identify yourself by appearance, attitude, and the way you interact with other people. If you want some kind of hint on how to do this successfully, watch stand-up comedy performances. More than anyone else, they have to learn exactly the kind of persona they want to put together so they can get the most laughs from their audience; and I know from personal experience just how hard it can be to get it done right.
Create a Character
If you’ve identified yourself, you’ll be able to create a persona to use in your performance. There’s never been a time when the personality that you present hasn’t been integral to your audience’s experience, so once you’ve identified the best parts of yourself to use you can construct a character focusing on it.
In the United States, there are a lot of moody teen bands that have been around since the 90s. Look at a band like Green Day, they will always be seen as they were when they started to perform, because they constructed their act around the moody teenager persona. Thus it is in creating the character that you will present to the audience that can be the most important step in creating your entertainer personality.
Practice Your Act with an Audience
The last, and perhaps most important, way to figure out your stage persona is by using it for an audience. You could have the greatest act in the world, with the best energy, but if you’ve never tested it in front of an audience how can you know that? You don’t want to train your personalities at large venues, naturally, but you want to be sure that when you are going to a small gig, that you are experimenting with your act.
I once had a friend, a stand-up comedian, with fifteen different personas that he could never choose between. As a result, his act was usually a jumbled mess that had only a few entertaining moments. Over the years, he realized that it was in creating entertaining personalities that he had way to make his act work. So when he next stepped onto the stage, he performed his routine as a one-man show, instead of as a stand-up. He would never have learned this about his act without taking the time to test himself in front of multiple audiences.
Building yourself is never easy, and building an act around yourself is even harder. In the end though, all you have to do is figure out how you are most comfortable performing. If you do that, you will be able to slip into your act as easily as taking your next breath, and you will be able to dazzle your audience.