I got up early this morning – ready to tackle the day and the big list of to-do projects. And then RL came a’callin’. So here it is, afternoon, and I haven’t gotten a single thing on my to-do list done yet!!
First order of business – blog post. 🙂
Yesterday I asked the first QOTD (the poll is still open, so click here if you’re so inclined). As of now, the unofficial results are that stage size doesn’t matter one whit. What matters is whether or not people feel they’ve been entertained. Something to think about. (I did think about it, and it led me to even more questions!)
Everyone has their own personal preferences (different strokes for different folks, and all that), so I thought I would share with you my own personal preferences. I’ve been contacted by several people who have opinions, but don’t want to voice them. I, too, have been reluctant in some cases to say what I really think for fear of offending people. But what I am sharing is simply my opinion. You don’t have to agree. You don’t have to like it. This is my blog and my voice.
So what makes me feel like I’ve been entertained? I think if you’re a performer, sometimes it can be difficult to achieve that ‘wow’ moment. You learn all the little tips and tricks, so something that is a ‘wow’ for the person next to you is a total yawner for you. You’re never going to be able to please everyone all of the time. I know that. But I’ll settle for pleasing most of the people most of the time. 🙂
Personally, I am not a fan of big stages. For group numbers, when you have 5+ dancers on stage, having a big stage makes sense. But for a solo performer? It becomes empty space that needs filled. Some dancers fill it beautifully – building wonderful and lavish sets, multiple particle effects, fancy lighting, etc. But the fact is that if there is only one dancer on a large stage, you (as an audience member) are cammed in tight to see the performer – which means most of the set is wasted effort. I have even been to venues where the MC tells you to ‘cam in tight.’ So why waste all that time and effort building something that, while beautiful, is lost on most of the audience?
Emoting is another area of contention. It seems you either love emoting or you hate it. I’m a writer, so I like emoting. I like being told a story. Other people will argue that the dance alone should tell a story. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t. While I like emoting, I don’t like emotes that are so long that your screen is so full of chat you can’t see the performer. I don’t want to read a book, but I don’t mind reading a few lines of well-written emotes. In most cases (for me), the emoting adds another layer to the performance.
Another thing I’ve never understood is venues that ask you to set your viewer to midnight. In the beginning, I used to do as requested. But I would find myself squinting at the screen because I often couldn’t see the performer clearly. Set back to midday and BAM! There is the lovely dancer. So now, I rarely (if ever) set my viewer to midnight. When I am creating a dance, I don’t set my viewer to midnight, so it’s something I’ve always found strange.
And with the changes that inevitably come in SL, things have gotten more (or less) complicated, depending on who you’re talking to. When I first began dancing, you made your sequence, hopped on a poseball or marker, and away you went. These days, you need a fantastic set, special FX, movers (to move you, other dancers, and/or objects around the stage), tools to rezz your set, help you change costumes, and to make sure everything works, even in a super-laggy sim.
Or do you?
Keep watching for the next QOTD. 😀