Express Yourself Through Mime, a Hobby With a Long History
If you’re looking for a fun new hobby that allows you to express yourself without even talking, why not consider becoming a mime? This performance art has a long history and is a fun and unique way of entertaining a crowd, and especially children. You might even find a new career as a performer, either with a professional troupe or as an independent, performing for private parties.
To become a mime, it’s good to first start with some physical conditioning since you are expressing yourself through body movements alone. If you have a bad back or sore knees or your balance isn’t very good, you won’t be able to perform. A yoga routine is very good for mimes and performers of all sorts, as it concentrates on balance and flexibility. If you’ve never done yoga, don’t get overwhelmed as today’s routines are not about standing on your head and chanting for hours on end! A simple yoga routine will stretch your muscles and your back and improve your balance, while encouraging you to focus on your body so you know where there’s tension that detracts from your balance.
Once you’ve begun a good yoga routine to improve your stretching, you can then concentrate on learning the techniques of a mime. You can go online and view videos of mimes and mimic what they do, or you might consider taking a class. An in-person class is a good choice because an instructor can give you guidance on every detail of the movements made by a mime, details you might overlook if you tried to learn on your own. These details include facial expressions and ways of standing so that you don’t lose your balance when performing.
A mime class may be found at your local community center or adult education center, or you may want to check out a local theater for classes. Often a class will include mime as well as simple dance movements as these are typically included in a mime routine. A theater may have seasoned performers as instructors and you will be able to get information on how to earn money as a performer, either at street fairs or through private parties. Their help and information can be invaluable.
Once you’ve learned a few basics about being a mime, practice as much as you can. This is how you improve your routine. Show your routine to family and get their opinion, and listen carefully. They can point out areas that need improvement and your own strong skills as well. This will make you into the best performer you can be and you may find yourself in high demand for kid’s parties and other events.