In this stunning Masterclass, Hazel Holder, performer, and voice coach shares with us how to turn criticism into strength and reveals examples of resiliency in her own life and career. Holder emphasizes the importance of breathing through stress and difficulty. She reminds us that as a performer it is important to leave your ego at the door and to focus on listening, watching, and considering what is needed for the play – ‘what does the text need from me.’
Holder discusses the importance of a thorough warm-up for the body and voice, noting that the voice depends a great deal on the body and to what extent you have prepared it for performance. Holder enjoys using the Stanislavsky system she was trained in and incorporates other approaches and techniques in building her characters. Holder offers her reflections on the lessons she has learned over the years about how the industry works to protect the status quo rather than to actively change it. She advises you, as upcoming theatre creatives to stay true to your values, to your belief system.