WHAT IS STAGE PRESENCE?
PRESENCE IS PERSONAL MOMENT-TO-MOMENT INTEREST.
INTEREST CANNOT BE FAKED OR INDICATED. -ANNE BOGART
To cultivate charisma, you must cultivate presence.
But what does it mean to be present?
Stage presence is an enigma.
Intangible as it is, it's a coveted quality, in both performance and in day-to-day living.
Presence shows up in both performance (we are with our audience, and the audience is with us) and visual art (our presence is found indirectly through observing our work).
Cognitive neuroscience and psychology (understanding biological processes that make our minds possible and understanding behavioral and mental processes, respectively) both indirectly study presence through their examination of cognition and consciousness.
But what is it?
It is an unfiltered, unadulterated awareness, an acceptance of each moment as it arises and dissipates.
Stage presence can be taught. There is hope.