There is something occurring in most of your minds that is hindering your gloving.
We all have a perception of how our art looks to others around us, whether it be positive or negative. With that perception, we construct a portrayal of how we are perceived by others, that we believe to be accurate. This self-perception, that occurs in our minds, is what we call the ego.
Not only is this sense of self-perception completely inaccurate, it is also limiting your ability to grow as a glover. Learning about the ego and the limitations it brings is the first step in the right direction, when finding balance and maximizing the potential in your showmanship.
Glove To Express… Not Impress
The first and foremost issue that comes with ego driven perceptions is a lack of self confidence when performing your light shows. New glovers can sometimes feel as if they aren’t progressing at an acceptable rate, or they even give up on gloving because of something as small as a negative comment about the way they flow.
One of the first things I was told when I started gloving was not to overthink it. Most importantly, I was told to simply have fun doing something I enjoy.
After six years of gloving, I have learned that sometimes this can prove to be a very difficult task. You see, there is a specific way we see our gloving performance being played out in our head. And as artists, it is natural for us to seek perfection in our work. Our creativity tends to get stuck in our heads, wrapped up around the idea that our moves may not impress others.
It is important to understand that the goal of gloving, like the goal any other art form, is NOT perfection.
Understanding that perfection is irrelevant in art is crucial to bringing out the stronger points of your performance. The more you acknowledge this, the faster your negative perception of yourself melts away (Face Melt pun intended). When that occurs, you begin to develop the ability to tap into the limitless amount of moves that your mind is able to process in its natural, relaxed state.
Letting go of all self-perception is key. It is then, and only then, that you will be free to truly express the creativity that exists in all of our minds.