“The goal is not to give a perfect performance, because that is impossible. The goal is to practice as perfectly as possible, and that makes an excellent performance more likely.”
For me, this means that I should practice calmly, and with my emotions in full view. When I can sing or play alongside (not in spite of) my grief, my joy, my love, my longing, with composure in private, it's more likely that I can be that honest in front of an audience.
Which leads me to another quote, from another teacher, Donna Davis:
"Acting is about telling the truth."
And singing is about being naked.
There is so much more to say here. Coming soon.