By Johannes Hangula
LOCAL comedian Onesmus Upindi commonly known as Slick has advised artists to test themselves and push their careers to the limit if they wish to reach greatness when it comes to production. He was speaking at a workshop that hosted local performers, artist promoters and event organisers at Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek on Saturday.
Slick who was one of the main speakers urged local artists to step out of comfort zone and avoid the attitude of only preferring to perform at best places or best situations and start carrying out shows and doing their activations in remote places to promote themselves and expand their horizons.
“As artists we need to be challenged, we need to step out of our comfort zone, for us to become self-developed; because as performers we can only become better when we start doing things that we don’t feel comfortable with. Performing is a challenge, and if we are not willing to do things that we never did before or go place we have never been, we are not going to make or reach our target goals as artists”.
During his session, Slick also appealed to artists to carry out the necessary research to develop their craft.
“Can we become more aware of ourselves; be aware of the things that we need or places where we need to be and then put in the effort to improve ourselves. To build ourselves and gather the confidence we need, so that we can actually achieve the goals that we have set. Doing proper research, which we always forget to do because we think, we just know it, because we watched a couple of movies, is crucial for our careers. Can we do the research required and implement the knowledge we acquire when we step on stage. Knowledge of self is where I want to lead you,” he said.
Another main speaker at the same event was Mike Ott of the Warehouse Theatre, who covered the technical aspect of the production, requested performers to push the boundaries and to always ensure that they have their audience in mind, and further believe in their work to ensure that their message is passed across.
Ott added that performers/artists will always need technical writers who will assist them with their planning and stage set up during their production in terms of audio and visual requirements.
Conny Pimenta, Warehouse Theatre co-owner and another main speaker spoke on the marketing aspect.
The next workshop which will focus on corporate events will take place on Saturday
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