Upskill Ep. 1 // The Art Of Spoken Word
Welcome to the first episode of Upskill!
It’s Bonnie here, and my aim is to equip you with as many tips & pointers about each subject as I can, straight from the artists themselves.
Let’s get the first episode started!
The other day I had a chat to Patrick Snell about the beautiful and expressive art of spoken word, and he gave me some brilliant words about how to really get acquainted with it:
Choosing a subject or topic: Choose a subject/topic that you have an attitude or opinion towards. No attitude, no spoken word!! Feelings and emotions give poetry its own sense of richness. Each poet has a unique perspective and view of the world that no one else has, so it is very important that a spoken word embodies the courage necessary to share ones self with the world. Spoken words that capture attention are ones that incorporate simple but powerful elements such as repetition. This can help a writer generate exciting pieces just by repeating a key phrase. Also rhyming, this can enrich your dictation and performance.
Performance or performing your piece: After your spoken word is written, practice performing your piece. Keeping the elements of good stage presence in mind. It is very much important to maintain and control eye contact, don’t stare at the floor or hide behind your piece of paper, phone, or whatever you’re using. From time to time, make eye contact with people in the audience to capture their attention individually. Projection is also crucial, remember to speak loud and clear, so that every word is heard loudly and clearly from a distance. Enunciation helps the listeners to hear exactly what you’re saying. So in other words, don’t mumble!! Facial expression is a must! Use your face and your body to also tell your story. Animating your spoken word gives it so much life and uniqueness! Choose the emotion that is suitable/appropriate to your topic. Gestures such as hand motions and body movements emphasises different elements of your performance. Memorisation is optional. but it is a key element to spoken word. Memorisation allows you to be truly in touch with the meaning and the emotional content of your spoken word. Even if you forget a line or a word in your piece, it is best to improvise and save yourself. Improvise basically means freestyle but it should stay connected and related to your topic. This is the most important element of spoken word. Also to have fun and to stay focused!!
Here are some more materials on how to write spoken word poetry if you’re interested:
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