We sometimes distinguish between professional and amateur on the basis of money: the professional is paid, while the amateur works only for love. But “professional” means much more than the fact that someone gives you money for what you do. The root of the word comes from an old French verb, profes, that meant, “to make a… Read More

Ensouling Performance with Enthusiasm

To turn performance anxiety into ecstasy, all focused practice and performance must be fueled with enthusiasm. The definition of enthusiasm comes from the early 17th century, from the French word enthousiasme, or via late Latin from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthous meaning, ‘possessed by a god, inspired’, or as I say, that which has God in… Read More