Miami International Film Festival, SAG Awards, The Oscars! Highlight February Showbusiness and Media EventsWritten by The Actor's Checklist
The Mobile Exposure handheld video program is an exploration of potentials of mobile video and culture and is running now through February 6 at Microcinema in Houston and on Web. Concert Industry Consortium, founded to foster greater communication among key professionals within concert business and also between concert business and other elements of music business, meets through February 4 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The "BMI See It Hear First Rock Showcase", a new showcase, gets underway at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta on February 3. The San Francisco Independent Film Festival will screen 100 films and videos by independent filmmakers from all over country and around globe, as well as networking parties every night. Miami International Film Festival will focus on Ibero-American cinema when it runs February 4 to 13 at Miami Dade College. Florida Film & Entertainment Professional Development Series are workshops scheduled during first three days of Miami International Film Festival at Miami Dade College. Daniel Knauf, creator/executive producer of HBO’s “Carnivale,” speaks at Alameda Writers Group meeting. His talk on "Surviving Success," covers what a writer should do after first sale, in a talk at Glendale Central Library in Glendale on February 5. The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards takes place February 5 in Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles. The DIY (Do It Yourself) Music Festival is part of DIY Convention, geared entirely to indie artists in Film, Music and Books, running February 8 to 12 in Los Angeles. World of Comedy International Film Festival (different from U.S. Comedy Arts Festival) opens February 9 in Toronto at various venues. A GRAMMY Salute To Gospel Music will be given at West Angeles Church of God
Ten Steps to Fearless Public SpeakingWritten by Graham Jones
There is plenty of dubious material which suggests you can combat public speaking fear. Much of it includes fancy techniques such as 'visualisation' or 'breathing techniques'. Well, they might work. But this ten step system is GUARANTEED TO WORK. That's because instead of fancy tricks and techniques, this system of dealing with public speaking fear uses your body's natural defences against fear.
STEP ONE Prepare well. Naturally enough, more prepared you are more likely you are to feel in control, which will NATURALLY help your nervousness reduce.
STEP TWO Practice, practice, practice. You can't do too much practice. Don't listen to those people who say you can over-practice. Tell that to circus artists who practice day in day out for decades, just to get their act right. You don't hear actors and musicians complaining they had 'too much' rehearsal time. The more your rehearse, better.
STEP THREE Say your speech OUT LOUD. Whether you are in car, bath, or going for a walk with dog, say it out loud. Going through your talk 'in your head' means you don't benefit from something called 'psychomotor memory' - whereby memory for what you need to say is partly embedded in muscles of your mouth.
STEP FOUR Get to venue early. Get a feel for room. Sit where audience will sit so you can see it from their perspective. Walk around auditorium. Practice your speech on stage itself. The more comfortable you are with room, less your nerves will be.