[Bards] Instruct me, please
Jim L Couch
jimcouch at gmail.com
Tue May 27 06:31:06 PDT 2008
Dearest good gentles and gentle-ladies of the lyst
Never have I competed in a "bardic" competition, nor participated in a
bardic circle save one. However, mundanely I have participated in
entertainment (amateur) off and on. Naturally, your list and arts interests
me a great deal.
I have "played" off and on (mostly off) for a couple years but I have often
found it difficult to understand how a new person begins to find their way
into the entertainment arts of the SCA. I wondered if any of you would mind
thinking back and telling me what it was that lead you to where you are
now. Perhaps I just don't have the personality for the arts, but I have
always been one to listen to teachers and the instructs of others.. and I
will pursue this dream to life or any dying end.
As for talents? Only mundanely, of course, I do sing decently. I play
guitar although it seems that guitar tends to be looked down on. I have
acted, directed, and wrote several plays even if they weren't the skill of a
master.. i still enjoyed it. I love to story-tell but I will admit I am
slow to "improv" it.
I had the good fortune of attending the good Duchess Willow's class on
storytelling (I believe) a couple years ago during my first year in the
SCA. I will be attending Kings College in Steppes (I believe it is) in a
couple weeks. My hope is that it will help me tremendously.
Mostly, I find it difficult to step out of my shadow unless challenged. I
lack self confidence to "promote" myself. I am uncertain what constitutes
good SCA bardic material. I am certain that there are other problem areas
but these are the most difficult for me. I deeply admire what you, kind
readers, do and I have followed your discussions here. Please share any
advice you can offer.
I pray that the answers to these questions and more will find their way to
me before I throw myself to the wind and am promptly laughed back into my
shadows, never to appear again.
Sæmundr the pure of Namron
My life, my hobbies, and pictures at http://jimcouch.googlepages.com/
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