We have collected the best Performer Quotes by famous authors including Adam Cole, Ira Glass, Prateik Babbar, Raashi Khanna, Tony Bennett and many others, we hope that among them you will find the right thought.
Shawn Michaels, to me and to so many people, is just the greatest in-ring performer of all time.
Writing is just very difficult. I’m an adequate performer. And I think I have a special talent as an editor. Editing is what I do best.
Basically, whenever I watch my mother on screen, I never judge her as a performer; I always see her as my mother and I become emotional.
Radha Krishna Sir, the director of ‘Jil,’ had seen ‘Madras Cafe’ and liked my acting in it. He wanted a performer and so got me on board.
I lived for 15 years in Los Angeles, and I still can’t believe that the handsomest man in the world, Cary Grant, and the greatest performer in the world, Fred Astaire, and Johnny Carson, one after another – they were all in my home at different times. I celebrated my 50th birthday with them. Unforgettable.
I feel like I am a true entertainer and performer.
I made a deal with myself that no matter where I go, if I see a street performer, I’d tip them. It’s sweet to know that you can get started from the generosity of others.
As an actor and as a performer, I’ve felt that the education system has really helped me in a lot of ways… there was always a teacher or a professor along the way that kept pushing me to the next stage.
I’m a performer. I’ve just been one since I was a little girl. I used to pretend all the time.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Being a performer and recording artist and playing ‘World of Warcraft’ – that’s a pretty time-intensive combination.
The greatest benefit of being a solo performer is that it is seriously frightening, but at the same time very empowering. It’s just you and the audience. All the weight is on you to deliver the songs.
I always wanted to be a singer, and so, when I was 5 years old, I started acting classes so I could be a better performer. I wanted to have a powerful voice so I could be heard.
I definitely am a performer, and there are different styles of stand-up; I mean, some people are writers and they get onstage to get jokes out, and that’s definitely not what I do. I like to just go up and, if I’m telling a story about someone, I’ll play his or her part.
I was pretty young when I decided I wanted to, well, more so be a singer. I started singing in church in my hometown, East Orange, New Jersey. I knew when I was about five or six that I wanted to be a performer.
Yes, I am transgendered but I also am a cross-dresser – I dress as a woman. It’s not that I just want to be seen as a female in our society, I’m also a drag queen and a performer – there are many levels there.
Show business is one of the few businesses that the devil will actually agree to own just a portion of your soul because he knows if you have a performer’s ego you were probably working for him all along.
I have a crazy background in music, both as a performer and writer.
I find I like the spotlight for a very brief period of time… and I sort of need it. But then, the minute that it’s done, I have to sort of go hide. So I was never really meant, I think, to be a performer for a living.
Jason Robert Brown
I have thought about some kind of musical involving my music. That would be kind of interesting. I have thought of it in that way, as a creator of something, not so much a performer. So that’s in my head.
It’s the most unrealistic thing you can do to shoot a close-up, and it’s the most unrealistic place you can be as a performer. And yet actors grouse about having to do visual effect shots, but they love doing close-ups.
Some bands blow it before they even play. The most important moment of any show is when a band walks out with the red amp lights glowing, the flashlight that shows each performer the way to his spot on the stage. It’s crucial not to blow it. It sets the tempo of the show; it affects everyone’s perception of the band.
When Peter Gabriel left, we obviously lost a very strong stage performer. Phil hasn’t replaced him; Phil’s done a different thing.
I think CM Punk is a hell of an in-ring performer.
I wanted to do pop music, and I wanted to dance. I wanted all this because that was me. This is my inner performer, that is what it wants, this is what my heart wants.
I’d always been a performer, growing up in a theatre school.
Bowie is probably my favorite all-around songwriter and performer and personality. His ability to change over the years is such an inspiration. I love ‘Young Americans’ and ‘Fame.’
A cat is incredibly physical, and as a performer, I’m physical. If I feel emotions, they move through my body in a way that is sensual. I’m not necessarily in control of that.
I understand marketing. I understand licensing. I understand the business side of our business. That comes from paying attention and wanting to do better, not just as an in-ring performer but as someone who loves the industry.
I’ve always been a singer, but I don’t know if I was always a natural performer.
There’s my personal life, my sensitive side, and then me as a performer, sexy and energised and fun.
When I perform in north India, I have a set of songs, and when I am in the south, I tend to prepare a playlist of Tamil songs along with Bollywood numbers. As a performer, I feel the pulse of the people!
Everybody who’s ever influenced me, from a Richard Prior to a Whoopie Goldberg to, you know, any of the voices that have resonated with me as a performer since I was a kid, you know, you couldn’t really say that their work didn’t have some element of political commentary in it.
You know, a lot of people have an instinct to downplay the fact that they are performing and be, like, ‘There is no theatre here. This is just me playing the songs.’ At some point I just realised how much better it could be if you weren’t shy about being a performer.
In ’92, I got my first Broadway show as a performer – ‘Crazy for You.’ I was in the ensemble. In fact, I was in eight Broadway shows as a dancer. Seven of them were original shows. That’s how I learned to create something from the ground up.
I am a professional performer and I only appear on TV for entertainment or for philanthropic organizations, and I consider this a very serious matter that doesn’t fit into either category.
My goal was becoming the next David Copperfield. I learned how to be a performer by emulating him as a kid – his formula of just talking to people onstage, being free to improvise, being charming and witty with a crowd, together with great, beautiful magic.
I’ve never been innocent, but I don’t think I’m a bad kid! I didn’t get voted prom king. I was kind of the dancer, the performer, but I was always very athletic, too.
Jake T. Austin
As a performer, I’m very, very confident in what I do.
I love New York. I’m working on Broadway, and it’s a great way for me to get my feet wet in acting and a great way to season yourself as a performer.
A tremendous social responsibility comes with being a successful public performer.
A. Bartlett Giamatti
I’ve blown myself up as a revolutionary and conscious artist. As a philanthropist and a performer.
I was 17 when I auditioned for ‘Miss Saigon.’ I really grew up doing that show. I pretty much knew, almost a year into ‘Miss Saigon,’ that I was going to be a performer, that I was going to be singing and acting.
This was the rule that I had when we made ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’: being known as a live performer, I’m not going to go into the studio and overdub.
I don’t like people who use the press to advance themselves in a way that they haven’t earned as an actor, performer or director.
The one mentality I’ve always tried to have is that no matter what stage in your career that you are in as a musician or a performer or a songwriter or whatever, there’s always more to learn.
I have worked really hard to reach where I am – I worked hard on my Hindi and diction because I am a Parsi and Hindi is not my strong point, and I’ve also learnt Tamil and Telugu because I want to get my lines right. I want to be known as a performer.
Sometimes I’ll watch a music video of a great performer like Beyonce and try to follow her choreography. Yeah, maybe I look ridiculous, but dancing gets your energy up a lot better than running on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike.
I needed to get attention a lot of times – I’m a performer, that’s who I am.
A lot of people thought you couldn’t be a top-level athlete as a vegan, but people like Mac Danzig and Jake Shields are proving that’s wrong. And it’s better for me as a performer.
Was I a Jackie Chan-level martial arts master? Absolutely not! Not by any stretch of the imagination. I’m an actor. I’m a performer.
Honestly, I’m a shallow performer. I just go with the text and feel my way around it. There’s not a whole lot of shaping.
I may be a vain person, but I’m not a vain performer.
What all my years in improvisation taught is that – if you’re going to grow as a performer – you have to try some new things. You’ve got to be willing to take a few risks.
When I moved to the East Village in the late seventies, I wanted to be a street performer, so I practiced daily. I never did work up the skills or the courage to perform on the street, though.
I look up to Mick Jagger because he’s an amazing performer and he’s such an individual. I respect him and admire him eternally.
I’d like to keep updating myself. That’s the only way to make life interesting. And because I am a performer, I like to do it deliberately and with purpose.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
It’s really hard to smile when you play. As a performer, if I ever find myself focusing, it’s like, ‘Oh no – orchestra face!’ It’s not attractive at all, so I have to focus on smiling.
I am a seasoned performer.
I definitely always wanted to be a singer and a performer. I think I got it from my parents because my dad’s a singer and my mom’s a singer, so it kind of runs in the family and I just thought it was normal.
When I was growing up in the Isle of Man with ambitions of being a performer, I really wanted to go to see a Broadway show.
A.J. Styles is great – he’s a great performer – so I’m not going to take anything away from him.
I want to be remembered as a great performer.
Canadian comedians are generally more well-rounded… They have to do a lot more. In order to have a career in this country, you have to do everything. And in the States you can narrow-cast, you can be just a sitcom performer or a stand-up comedian or a sketch performer.
In ‘Yours Truly,’ I was the centre of the story; I was the protagonist. There was a lot more happening inside the mind of the character which was not projected loudly through dialogue and action… As a performer, playing such a nuanced, internal character is challenging.
When I was younger, I always wanted to be a musician, a performer and an entertainer – but I never thought about becoming a poster or anything like that. It’s pretty cool.
Did I run real swindles? Oh, yeah. I mean, I started as a – on the street. I did not begin as a performer. I began running the shell game.
I just love seeing my audience live, and I also love to see my peers perform because it inspires me to be a better performer as well.
I find that putting my make-up on and playing with different looks is really relaxing for me before the show. It kind of helps me make that transition from ‘mommy’ to ‘performer,’ or star or whatever you want to call it!
A stage show’s popularity depends on its organisers and the public, but primarily on the performer.
I don’t think that being an actor or being a performer at a young age leads to failures as an adult. There’s a lot more success stories than I think people recognize.
I grew up listening to cabaret. At 7 and 8 years old, I was already singing like a club performer.
We weren’t very wealthy, but I had a real working-class guilt about wanting to perform. I felt disdain towards it because of the thought that performers were looking for attention. I did theatre studies for my A levels, but didn’t think a career as a performer was something I could do.
Well, once you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you are the more mature pop performer and you’re past the age you ever thought you would do it, you might as well do it as long as you can. As long as I can still lift a microphone, then I’ll do it, you know.
As a performer, the thing you want the most is to be your authentic self.
I am a performer. I go on stage and make a fool of myself.
I’ve waited so long to get to this point, and I’m so happy to be making my first album. I want to be a performer and an entertainer.
I think, as a performer, the biggest challenge is that you want to do a good job, pushing yourself. You want to go the extra mile every time.
I don’t find it hard to direct myself. I can easily think of me as a horrible performer or a good performer. I work with actors who cannot stand watching or looking at themselves, which is not my case. I can have an eye and perspective on whether I’m terrible or good enough for me.
The crowd is the crowd. You’re gonna take them as an individual performer how you take them. The key is how do you learn from them. How do you use whatever is happening reaction-wise to get better.
Very rarely in the life of an actor and a performer do you do something you truly believe in, do you do something you are absolutely proud of.
I don’t think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through. I believe in the glamorous life and I live one.
I’ve always been a bit dressed up, even on casual days. I suppose that’s the performer in me.
Danielle de Niese
I just wanted to be a performer. I was ambitious. I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t act. I could dance a little. So what was there left for me to do? Television presenter. That was it.
It’s really important to prove yourself as a performer and as an actor.
My experience started in the gay nightlife/drag life. I was just as consumed in ignorance about what is offensive to transpeople because at that time I hadn’t found myself. I was living as a drag performer only.
I’m such an emotional performer, and my head is always like a rollercoaster, so if I’m in a good place and feeling grateful, that’s when I notice that my shows come across as a lot more positive.
In order to be a star performer you have to have someone to play against.
A performer, that’s what I am, only I can perform in different areas.
I’ve been a live performer longer than I’ve been a television performer. For me, live is where it’s at.
My entire life, I’ve always known that I wanted to be a performer, but I didn’t know exactly how, where or when. I never learned or studied the craft, formally. I grew up doing martial arts and playing piano. But, something inside of me always said that I was going to do this, as far back as I can remember.
I’ve done fairly well as a performer and a DJ in the U.K., so ‘Game of Thrones’ really just opened up a whole new market for me.
When you’re a performer, you have to please a large audience. And when you’re in politics, you have to please a large audience, too.
I never wanted to be a performer. I suppose I was precocious, really.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
As an artist, you want to form your own identity and be your own performer.
Corinne Bailey Rae
Working with Lucha and Mexico and all the independent wrestling I’ve done has made me an exponentially better performer.
I didn’t know if I should tell people that Johnny Cash had an affair with his sister-in-law while his wife was pregnant. How much does the public need to know about a performer?
The idea that any performer type is owed anything is a joke to me.
I was a shy kid, but somehow I knew I would make it as a performer. I’d always be telling my mum that I was going to be a famous singer. In my school yearbooks I would write, ‘Remember me when I’m famous.’ I knew I had a gift.
I go to a lot of rap shows and sometimes take what they do from a performer’s aspect, how they interact with the crowd. I always have a DJ with me on the road, as well as some dancers.
It’s important to be out as a performer.
I’m a fan of Rihanna. I have all her albums. I love her music; she’s a great performer. We’ve both gone on to great things. It’s all love.
I always wanted to be a performer.
Paul F. Tompkins
As a performer, once you’ve understood the genre of musical theatre, you can tire very quickly of the two-dimensional stuff. With Sondheim, it’s always a challenge. It’s difficult and exhilarating and he’s so good on the complexities of relationships and on things going wrong.
Classical pianist Awadagin Pratt. I first heard this eccentric and introverted performer when I was living in the Midwest. He was playing Brahms ballades – haunting.
I don’t want to be just that transgender performer or that transgender musical artist. I want to create songs and art and have those be judged on their merit alone.
Laura Jane Grace
I always felt of myself as a composer, performer, improviser. I’ve never called myself a jazz man. I make art.
Wadada Leo Smith
My mother wasn’t rich, and I never seen my father. I was a street performer. I’ve been shot. And now I’m known around the world, and I’ve touched a lot of people with my music. That’s one of the great testimonies that’s gonna go down in history.
A performer needs and craves a live audience.
There are so many people in film and television that get between a performer and the audience, and that’s frustrating.
Over the years I’ve evolved a lot as a performer.
I always give credit to Scotty 2 Hotty. He is an amazing teacher. I was in his class for, I want to say three months and I learned so much and he helped me grow, not only as a performer, but as a person. He was always there for me.
There’s a tremendous amount to be gained from being a performer, and being an artist, and being an actor.
I made the decision to take on board the critical feedback. Reviews are something you can easily ignore as a performer or writer but I chose to not ignore them here and I think that I benefited. I think I’m stronger for it – and I have a tougher skin as a result.
Improvising is writing, too – there was no music and now there’s music. So that’s composition. And any time you take any sort of a performance liberty, you’re making a compositional choice. I don’t know a serious performer who hasn’t made compositional decisions, who hasn’t engaged in the art of composition.
If you’re performing music that is not who you are or where you’re at, it is painful. It’s painful for the performer and for the audience.
There’s certain elements involved in pro wrestling that aren’t solely down to the performer. There’s only so much I can do. I’ve kind of stopped beating myself up about things not working out the way I want them to every time.
I think everyone’s intentions are to become a performer at first. But by the time I was in high school and college, I discovered that I liked writing and that I was probably a little better at it.
I’ve got a very behind-the-scenes personality. I don’t know how I became a performer. I like to stay discreet, out of the public eye, very low-key.
My brother, who’s a violinist now, was the real ham, the real performer of the family. His passion for the violin is the only thing that kept him from being an actor.
But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.
Pop stardom is not very compelling. I’m much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there’s no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There’s no, like, ‘I’ll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.’
My mother named me after her favorite actor, Joel McCrea, and dressed and presented me as her avatar. I’m sure she wanted to be a performer, but when that was impossible, I was her next best shot.
I don’t want to be the oldest performer in captivity… I don’t want to look like a little old man dancing out there.
I want the legacy of Chi Chi Devayne to be a damn good performer that came from nowhere and took the world by storm.
Chi Chi DeVayne
I’ve enjoyed appearing in Atlantic City. East Coast audiences are a bit brighter than Las Vegas audiences. I think most entertainers will tell you the same thing. The East Coast audiences are more perceptive – especially when it comes to a performer with a theatrical background.
I had no intention of becoming a performer, and yet under miraculous circumstances I was brought into the music industry fold. If divine powers hadn’t intervened, I’d still be living in China working in some area of Sino-American comparative law.
I will definitely start in small venues, as I want to find my feet as a performer; the first shows that Westlife did was ten dates at Wembley, which was just crazy. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing because it was so big.
Songs suffer at the mercy of the performer.
I think that those moments before a performer plays are the moments when the potential for something to be created may – or may not – arrive.
I’m a live performer and I love playing live.
I believe that classical music comes through listening and practice, and it can be fun both for the singer or performer and the listener or audience, as long as the performer is taught to recognise the pulse of the audience.
I love being a performer. It’s like a hole that never closes. It’s something in you that never dies.
The ego certainly is the biggest obstacle as an artist or performer, so any chance you get to destroy that is really healthy.
James Van Der Beek
Speaking purely from a musical standpoint, I think I am a great performer.
I’m not a performer who will come on stage and tell you everything about my life. It’s just not who I am.
It’s interesting because what I do and what I sing is, to other people, pretty unique. I feel I’m creating my own path… and I’m working on growing as a performer.
A little bit of neurosis is OK as a performer, but untethered, it can tear one apart.
Lauren Ashley Carter
I think we’ve become a TV culture, where we forget the live performer in front of us can see us. I think there is a self-centeredness that happens. There’s nothing more important than what you are doing in that moment. So, unless it’s an emergency, put your phone away.
When a performer doesn’t get nervous, that is when you have to give up.
I’m a better writer than a performer. Everyone wants to feel like they’re a bit of a polymath, and I certainly feel that.
As an ex-stand up, I can tell you that a comedy club isn’t a place you go looking to get the abuse you just can’t seem to find in daily life. The stage is a performer’s domain. You protect that domain. You are not on stage to take what’s given just ’cause you’re getting paid. If you are attacked, you retaliate.
I respect Lady Gaga’s work as an artist and as a fellow fashion icon. She is a very talented performer, playing the piano, singing live, and dancing, too.
Initially, I didn’t have much knowledge about cinema. But once I started doing good films, precisely after ‘Kaaka Muttai,’ people started respecting me as a performer.
I’ve always been compelled by some force to be a performer.
I’ve always been a performer.
For a writer, they say write what you know. As a performer, you find it in yourself, in your heart. You relate to the character. You try to live it, try to have it be real for you.
Because of my Asian-ness, I couldn’t be anonymous – what I said, what I ate, what I did at the weekend were startlingly different to what everyone else did. I was also a performer, quick and chameleon-like, good at accents, so that made me stand out.
You just know that you’re a performer and that’s that.
As a performer, I need to change in the ring, to be a little bit more aggressive and go about things in a different way rather than Bayley following the rules all the time.
I think there’s something for anyone who wants to be a performer in Seattle.
Listen, I’m a performer, and all I’m worried about is just performing and just doing… This is what makes me happy, so no matter what, I’m going to give it my best shot, and I’m going to put myself all out there and give it 100%, and whatever happens, happens.
I think on a bucket list for a performer is definitely doing a stage show, whether it’s in Vegas or on Broadway or whatever.
At heart, I was always a performer, not a competitor.
My goal is to be remembered as a human being and as a great performer.
I am a street performer as much as I am a stage performer. Yes, I have a television show, but every trick, every ‘Mindfreak’ you see, I can do live.
For me, it’s been a long road of growth. Not only as a performer but as a man, as a father and all that kind of stuff so at one point in my career I really just wanted to give up and hang it because I wasn’t getting anywhere, I wasn’t getting myself in good shape.
I see myself as a performer and that applies to a Greek drama or a modern comedy.
As a performer, you want your audience to have as much fun as you are having on stage.
Why does an iPhone cost only a couple hundred dollars? Because, as the stage performer Mike Daisey depicted in an arresting one-man show called ‘The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,’ Apple’s shiniest products are made by a shadowy company in China called Foxconn.
By the time I would have graduated, at 22, I was a writer and featured performer on Saturday Night Live.
It’s a performer’s worst nightmare: to hurt yourself on stage and not be able to remove yourself from the stage.
I feel Mehr has brought in a lot of changes in me. She has made me understand a lot of things and there’s a lot of gratitude towards the universe and people now. It has made me a better person and a better performer. It has made me realise the value of family and of my own parents.
I’m still a really shy performer and can’t wear high heels and need to be with bare feet.
When I was on the X-Factor, I found that I grew a lot as a performer. I knew I could sing but I didn’t believe in myself enough… I needed to hear that I was good.
I know who I am and what I’m doing in my life and what I’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being.
I’m an athlete. I’m a performer. Why the hell did I never think of combining the two?
I’m still learnin’. I pick up something from every performer I watch.
The Tinted Windows shows were very fun but it’s very different for me as a performer. I’m not playing music – I’m just singing and I missed that. I miss rocking out on keys, drums, guitar… whatever it is.
On stage, don’t go near her. She’s the best performer in the world.
I always considered myself a performer. It’s what God gave me. It doesn’t matter if one person hears it or a million.
I dropped the ‘Bundy’ with my country music because I wanted it to be two separate things: There’s me as a songwriter and a country singer, and there’s me as a Broadway performer.
Laura Bell Bundy
The public pays and feels it is entitled to participate in the personal affairs of a performer.
This sounds like I’m a loser, but when I’m feeling down, or I need a bit of motivation, I do watch old NXT matches because they have some of my favourite memories as a performer in WWE.
I know I’m a strong performer. I’m not an evolved musician.
I think if I was going to be someone for a day, I would want to be a performer, someone big, like Rihanna. I’d want to feel the energy of being on stage. I’ve always found that very interesting.
I’d say that, first and foremost, I’m a performer; I started performing when I was four years old, and being on stage from a young age set me up.
When you talk about the exchange of energy between performer and audience and audience and performer, I hope that I’m one of the best.
I think a performer should do his work and then shut up.
Every performer has to decide for themselves whether they feel they can combine family life and their performing life, and they have to establish a division that makes them happy. I never thought it would be a problem and it hasn’t been.
The truth of the matter is that Dusty Rhodes helped put more money in my pocket than anybody I’ve ever wrestled. In his time he was the most charismatic and talented performer in the business, and I know he doesn’t look like it, but he was a pretty good athlete too.
If a thing is going to represent you, your vision, you should be involved in every aspect of that thing. I like my role as executive producer on anything probably as much as performer.
For me, as a performer or a songwriter, Stevie Nicks is always a huge inspiration as well as Iggy Pop.
I’m a hardcore performer. The rest follows.
I feel an actor is an entertainer first then a performer.
More than an actor, I am a performer… I’m a great believer – honestly so, shamelessly so, vulgarly so – that cinema is for entertainment. If you want to send messages, there’s the postal service.
Shah Rukh Khan
I paint because I love to paint. If someone buys the prints or whatever, so be it, but it’s not my main form of business. As a performer, that is my main form of business.
On my Superwoman channel, I am more of a performer, I am aiming to make you guys laugh. With vlogs, it’s just me and my day, boring or fun.
‘Calamity Jane’ inspired me to be a performer. I still want to be her.
What is a good performance? It lies in the hands and head of a performer… the shortest way between two people is not a straight line.
It’s nice to be in a smaller room. I like the big arenas as well, but at my core, I’m a live performer, so it’s nice to be able to feel the warmth of everybody in the room.
Costumes are great. That kind of effort tells the audience that the performer has taken the time to be the total package.
But I do think I’m quite a selfish performer in the sense that I’m not one of those that’s like ‘Hey, come on everybody lets sing along’ you know that kind of thing.
I’m a jazz performer – I have to improvise with what I’m given.
I believe that comfort level is crucial for a performer.
I think The Undertaker is, much like Brock Lesnar, a once-in-a-lifetime wrestler, a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, and a once-in-a-lifetime performer.
Doing something that is your passion, in my case related to music and art, being a performer playing shows around the world, that is a dream come true.
At times as a performer they segregated us in some of theatres.
I truly enjoy and love acting, it’s a passion and is therapeutic for me. It is the one thing that makes me truly happy. My sole goal is to grow as a performer each day.
I hate to work with another performer who reads cards. The most guilty are the people who do only a few specials a year. You’d think with so few shows they could leam the lines.
Every performer can get better. It’s not about staying with what God gave you and doing nothing with it for the rest of your life.
You have to learn how to sing from your diaphragm, and you don’t become a great performer overnight. It takes a while. The more you do it, the better you are.
I am a big fan of Sakshi Tanwar. I love her as a performer.
For me, there’s no dichotomy between being shy or a performer, because I think it’s more a way of slightly presenting a version of things to the world.
One performer whose band played my music better than I could myself was Art Farmer. He recorded ‘Sing Me Softly of the Blues’ and ‘Ad Infinitum’.
For my web series ‘Get Your Life,’ I wrote that and produced it and starred in it so that I could have a body of work that represents my voice as a writer and as a performer.
I did feel from day one that I was a born performer.
Kathie Lee Gifford
The fitness builds the foundation for me as an actor to have clarity. Fitness has always been the base of where I start off as a performer.
I don’t get to do a lot of fight scenes on ‘Sanctuary,’ but I’m a trained fighter; I’ve been doing martial arts for years and, you know, I’m very active physically; I used to be a circus performer.
I feel like my consignment and fear from people pushed me to become a performer.
When I appear onstage, that’s my departure from Momhood – and I transform into Natalie MacMaster: the entertainer, the fiddler, the performer.
I’d been writing sketches since high school, but ‘Friends of the People’ really taught me about structure – how to wait out a joke, how to stick with it for a while. It also made me more confident onstage as a performer.
I like to rate myself as a performer upfront, both in films as well as in television.
The most direct path to achievement whether you’re an entrepreneur, a company executive, or a pro soccer player is to be a great performer and a great team member. This is also the secret to a meaningful career and self-fulfillment.
If you don’t take no chances, then you’re not a performer. Performers always take chances. You go see a singer, they’ll hit the high note. They’ll hit that note, they’re not afraid, they’re gonna exaggerate the fact and make me enjoy it, make me say, ‘Wow, I wish I could do that!’
I suppose it’s a very highly developed form of denial, but some part of me completely denies that I’m a performer.
I love festivals in that people seem to let their hair down more. I love that people run from stage to stage. I love going as a performer because you get to see band that you wouldn’t necessarily go see.
I think of myself as someone who’s trying to be a great songwriter and a great performer. And I mean really great.
I believe a great performer is someone who sounds just as great live as they do in the studio and vice versa. They should know how to work the stage.
For me, there’s a fine line between being a cheeseball and being a good performer.
A lot of athletes have star quality, but they just can’t perform in front of a camera. So no matter how good-looking you are, no matter what kind of presence you have, you still have to be able to be a convincing performer to become a star.
Richard D. Zanuck
Ric Flair is a wonderful person, and he was such a great in-ring performer. He had a great deal to do with the direction of the business. There are great characters that have come into this business, but Flair can’t be duplicated.
As a performer, you’re constantly re-branding.
I’ve had a lot of opportunities to grow inside and out as a performer, artist, and a woman.
The Tamil film ‘3’ is a movie that I will always be proud of, irrespective of whether it did well at the BO or not. It completely changed my career and people’s perspective of me as a performer.
I think there’s always been a little performer in me. But having a family that are Jamaican immigrants, having this idea that, ‘Oh, that’s what you’re going to do for a living?’ seems kind of out of reach and not a reality. It’s like, ‘get a real job.’
I love all genres of music. I think it helps you become a better performer if you know the different types of music.
I wanted to try everything. I learnt a lot from playback singing. But at heart, I’m a pop rock singer; I’m a stage performer.
I’m a consumer as well as a performer. Among my leisure-time activities is going to the theater. I’m very interested in that.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a performer – whether it was acting or singing or whatever.
I know that as a performer how much we rely on the fans for how we feel and react.
The one thing I’ll say is I was a quiet kid. Much more of an observer than a performer.
I don’t really want to be known as just the puppet girl or just a singing ventriloquist. I want to be known as the performer, singer, ventriloquist, actress, Broadway star, all of it. I want do it all.
Darci Lynne Farmer
Look, nobody is a bigger fan of Tommy Shaw than me. The day I met him in 1975 I knew he was going to be a great guitar player, performer and songwriter. I was his biggest fan, and I’m Styx’s number one fan.
If I can only be known as one thing, then, well, I guess it would be poet and performer and teacher.
Juan Felipe Herrera
I always thought that it was every performer’s dream. That’s the epitome of being an artist, being able to express song, dance and acting in a live theatre setting and really connecting with an audience on that level.
Hearing aids didn’t cause any problem with my social life, my career, no problem at all, and I’ve been wearing them for a long time. As a matter of fact, once I became an entertainer and started working on television, I was probably the first performer to talk about hearing problems on the air.
I can make a valid argument that Bobby Heenan is pro wrestling’s great performer.
A passion for any novel, and any character, can crystallise your ideas when you really need to be as open as possible as a performer.
I haven’t had a lot of comedy come my way as a performer.
Tommy Lee Jones
I’ve learned how to be a better performer on stage and interact with the fans, make it feel like a collective experience more than just me singing songs on a stage and feeling really detached.
I was rejected by every agent in Australia when I was starting out. No one would represent me, because I didn’t fit into a particular box, and I wasn’t a trained musician or performer, but history has perhaps proven that perhaps I have something to give.
I owe a lot to Rosshan, who literally plucked me from obscurity as a keyboard performer and handed me the background score of ‘Notebook.’
As a performer, the thing that I love is to see people come together.
The stuff I do and say onstage I can do easily. As a performer, that comes easily. But being social offstage, it’s not easy for me.
I keep showing decade after decade that I am a real performer.
You know, I play in small, intimate venues; I’m not an arena performer.
I’m not a natural born performer.
I was a Green Day guy because the first DVD I bought was Green Day’s ‘Bullet In A Bible,’ the live album. That really empowered me to be not just a drummer but a performer. It’s a really crucial part of why I wanted to be in a band.
Very early, I thought I would go into music, but I was aware that it would bring a set of obstacles I didn’t find particularly attractive. Also, I’m not a great performer! For a while, I thought I would do something in landscape gardening. But it was always fashion for me.
I first came across Langhorne Slim when I saw him play live, and he’s an incredibly infectious performer. The way he works the crowd is mind-blowing. You can listen to his music without really listening to his lyrics, but it pays off if you do.
I was always a performer.
Right now, my career is in three directions: as a performer, as an arranger, as an author – and I don’t give any one of them true precedent, or true top marks, as opposed to the other two.
There was a TV special every year called ‘Circus of the Stars,’ and I did three consecutive ones – one as a juggler, one as a high-wire performer, and one as a high hand balance.
Television is great but for me, as a performer, nothing compares to a live theatre show.
I’ve grown in a lot of ways – as a musician, as performer, as a songwriter.
I love doing my music videos. I have grown up loving independent music and I am more of a performer than a playback singer and hence I want that if it’s my voice, then it should be my face too.
There’s this love and pride and loyalty, but there’s also a great deal of generosity and I think that’s at the core of why I love being a performer.
It’s funny how you can say performing is in the blood, and if I’m considered a performer being an actor, then it’s certainly in the blood.
We have done ‘Talvar’ in three different parts, recreating three different scenarios. And so, it was very interesting for me as a performer to be a part of this film.
Konkona Sen Sharma
What I love about comedy is breaking down the barrier between the audience and the performer.
I love my fans, and I love my relationship with the fans, but when you’re a performer, and you’re used to being the mac daddy, the main cat, and all of a sudden you’re not that guy anymore, it’s kind of a whole different spectrum and a whole different level.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
I’m the only person in wrestling that realizes I’m too old to do this anymore, and that’s why I’m not a performer and I’m not going to be on ‘ROH.’
Role-playing games have been a huge part of my life and a huge part of my training as a performer – learning social skills, meeting friends, and being a generally competent person – so I owe a lot to role-playing games.
I trained to be a theatre actor, I love the live gig, the transference between an audience and a performer.
Taylor Swift is cool. And I like her music. She’s a great performer, and she’s fun to listen to at times.
I feel like, for me, I’ve become smarter. I’ve become a more intelligent wrestler. I’ve become a more intelligent performer, and I think that shows.
My point of view as a writer has to be a lot more ego-less than just like being some performer on stage with a hairdo.
I wasn’t a trained Mickey Mouse club performer. I played in jazz clubs and restaurants.
You always have to work to become a better singer, songwriter and performer.
I don’t actually like calling myself a rapper. I’m more a performer.
We are always full of the types of people who retire or die. But they are never saying ‘This guy is really unbelievable; we’re alive to witness an exceptional performer.’ I think we should recognise that while we are still racing.
I’m a mezzo-soprano, so the whole diva thing… I’m not the kind of performer who puts on a persona off-stage as well, and the days of arriving with steamer trunks and hat boxes are over.
I believe it is my duty as a performer to raise issues in the world of things we’re afraid to look at.
Even though I’m still doing the singing entrances, with promos and backstages, I was being me as a performer.
My experience of being a singer and performer is there is something meditative and very positive about singing, just resonating the inside of your body.
It’s physically very, very, very trying to be onstage as a performer, not unlike an athlete, for thirty years.
I’m not actually a very keen performer. I like putting shows together. I like putting events together. In fact, everything I do is about the conceptualizing and realization of a piece of work, whether it’s the recording or the performance side.
The ‘Hullabaloo’ spot established me as a variety performer.
Pro wrestling was there, and I was good at it, thank God. I started getting a lot of offers, but unfortunately, at WWE I was under a tight leash. I think it had a lot to do with The Rock making the transition, and me possibly being the next guy – you know, the company didn’t want to lose another top performer.
The piano has disappeared from working-class family life, which is a shame. It’s associated with the middle classes now. Everyone in my family sang and played piano, but my parents were delighted and amazed when I became the first professional performer in the family – apart from a clog-dancer way back.
Though all actors do not make good directors, Dhanush is really one of the finest. He knows exactly how to direct an actor to extract the performance the way he wants it. Perhaps that is happening because he is a performer himself.
Aditi Rao Hydari
Although I’m predominantly known for game-shows, I do prefer to be known as a performer.
I played on a lot of Sinatra sessions. He was simply awesome. He liked to laugh, and he could be one of the boys when he wanted. But he was also a very serious performer.
There’s still a lot I need to do as a player, as a musician, as a sound creator. I have commissioned 170 pieces: that’s still not enough, there are still lots and lots of composers I would like to approach. When I see a composer and I see a performer, I think to combine those forces.
All you have to offer as a performer is yourself.
I was a salsa dancer for the majority of my life, from, like, 7 to 17, and did the World Salsa Congresses. I realized that I wanted to continue obviously to be a performer. But in my household, being an actor and jumping into acting is not really accepted.
A performer needs to feel the part to be the part!
When a male stunt performer falls down a flight of stairs, he has a lot of clothes on and can wear all this padding. But because actresses never have a lot of clothes on – they are always falling in their underwear – you can’t wear any padding whatsoever.
Pittsburgh’s definitely the city where I learned how to be on a stage, hold a microphone, and interact with an audience. It’s where I got my chops as an entertainer and as a performer, so I’m grateful to the queer community there because they are active and vocal and they care about each other.
I became a performer because it was what I enjoyed doing.
Early on, I was a performer playing classical music. It’s in my DNA in a way that I can’t begin to extract it.
I have written before, but I was primarily an actor and improvisational performer.
They say behind every successful man is a powerful woman. And there is no more powerful performer I would rather be in the ring with for a conversation than Stephanie McMahon.
I think my strength as a performer is my ability to straddle the fence between comedy and tragedy.
The most important thing you can do as a performer is to be yourself, or be an onstage version of yourself. If you’re not being true to yourself, and somebody likes that other version of you, you’re kind of stuck.
I was never a child actor. I was a child performer.
I’m not, like, a natural performer. It’s sort of a thing that I’ve had to learn to do.
Yes, I mean, I can’t match up to my mother’s acting skills, actually both my parents. I just cannot match up to them. My mother was such a powerful and a respectable performer. They are actually overshadowing me and yes, I cannot be as good as them.
I don’t want to be a bad performer in a good film.
Country music busts the wall between performer and audience. There’s a connection because there’s a vulnerability, a confessional quality, to so much of the songwriting. Those lyrics take you in.
My parents were dead set against my becoming a professional performer before I finished college. They felt the most important thing a girl can have in any career is education.
I was madly in love with Elvis Presley. Dad wasn’t into it at all, at least not for himself as a performer. He used to say, ‘Mr. Cole does not rock n’ roll.’
You put yourself on the line as a performer, and when people reject you, it’s a personal rejection.
You’ve got to have a sense of different audiences. I’m a kind of performer manque – I come from a long line of failed actors!
My whole thing as a performer is to affect people, whether I make you cry or I make you laugh. I would love to make you think.
Yes, I did have occasional scripts like a ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ or a ‘Talwaar’ that nurtured the performer in me, but I do wish there were more options.
Konkona Sen Sharma
I have that inherent performer personality.
I don’t feel like I’m the type of performer who’s going to knock your socks off. I’m trying to get over my nerves.
Tobias Jesso, Jr.
I hate it when I see people texting at a show. And talking to each other. They’re at a performance; they should respect the performer.
I’m a performer. I do comedy and music, and I blend them together. My band is ‘Nasty Delicious!’.
I wouldn’t be the performer I am if everyone thought I was the best. Having people against you, or who don’t quite believe in you, gives a lot of extra fuel to never settle.
One challenge, if you do a website, a Youtube channel, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Ping, other things like that, is you don’t have time to be an artist. As a performer, you need to practice.
There are so many factors that go into how you feel, as a performer, on any given movie, that it’s really hard to identify which things are the things that help you be good, and which are the things that hinder you.
Superwoman is more of a performer, which Lilly isn’t. Having said that, I guess both of them are completely over the top, dramatic and full of energy.
When Elvis came out on stage, it became electric. And the way people responded to him was such that, you know, I never saw that kind of response toward any other performer.
Being a WWE performer and doing all the different things we get to do, it can wear on you, and you can learn a lot of stuff about yourself. For me, it always reminds me to just stay humble. Just be yourself, love what you do, and enjoy the ride.
I am happy being a playback singer and performer.
My thing has always been preparation. When I was a performer on the roster as one of the guys on a weekly, full-time schedule, I was always prepared.
I was 17 or 18 when ‘The Twist’ came along, and the rest is history. Sometimes I regret it. I would have gotten more into acting. I would have been more of a legitimate performer onstage like Liza Minnelli. But I got so caught up in the dance thing that I never got into theater.
One piece of advice that I would give to any young athlete or performer is remember to thank your mom.
I haven’t had the occasion to meet Adele. She lives in England. So when I’m flying, or when she comes over here, perhaps we’ll have a chance. I think she’s a very fine singer, a very strong writer and performer.
At the end of the day, I want to be my own person, I want to be my own performer, and I want to have a finisher that’s synonymous with me and not with my mentor.
I worked in Trenton, and then I got sidetracked into comedy and then onto ‘SNL.’ And then into being a live performer – what I do now; virtually that’s what I am: I’m a live entertainer.
I don’t ever want to think my time is up as a performer. I have been afforded the opportunity to sell 150 million albums, to travel to places I never thought I would go. I’m going to keep on performing. I hope it never ends.
I wanted music to be a career. To base everything on fame to me seemed a dangerous thing – I wanted my foundations to be about improving as a performer and writer. No one could push me into going down that route of being a celebrity singer.
I would call myself a radio performer who has just jumped in front of the camera and is very happy.
I don’t think there’s a performer in this world who makes better use of their surroundings than I do.
Prince is the ultimate performer. Prince is that dude that’s going to get on stage by himself, if he need to, but hold you in the palm of his hand. Like, you can’t take your eyes off the man when he’s on stage, and he could just be sitting there playing his guitar.
Probably more than anybody else, I loved Nat ‘King’ Cole as a performer – not only his singing but his piano playing. Whenever he had a new record come out, I’d get it and try to learn how he was playing. And he was one of the nicest people I’d ever met.
As a performer, I want to push my boundaries and try different roles.
When you have a performer as talented as Bill Murray or as Harold, that can write as well as they can perform, you can do a final draft on the set if you think of it that way.
At the age of 15 I began my singing lessons, and once I became a professional performer, I dove into acting.
I am a performer; that’s what I like to do.
I’m not a natural performer or exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange.
Lana Del Rey
I don’t want it to be Sonya Deville, the gay wrestler. I want it to be Sonya Deville, the awesome performer who happens to be gay.
I’m not like a performer type.
I’m perfecting my craft as an artist and as a performer, and my shows are getting better each time.
Mumaith Khan has unbelievable energy. She is a powerhouse performer.
When you first start out in stand-up and, probably, as any performer, you enjoy the attention so much, and even though that hasn’t died down on stage, it certainly has satiated whatever was in me that was needing that much attention. When I’m off stage, it’s not something that I really need.
I needed the time to go to college and spend years with people who aren’t in the business and become a person on my own in order to be the person that I am and the performer that I am. I wouldn’t give that up to be in blockbusters or have more money.
Doing a show like ‘Dancing On Ice,’ if you are not a performer, it’s a bizarre world to go into.
I didn’t go to drama school to be a musical theatre performer. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t go to do that; I went to be an actor.
I love the stuff that makes you laugh and cry. It kind of sucker-punches you a little bit. That’s the thing that most interests me as a performer, in addition to telling the most captivating story.
To get even realer with you for a second, as a black actor, as a performer of color, I don’t know how many more roles like Aaron Burr are gonna come along for me.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
You have to remember that when you are a performer you become a celebrity, but you are not saving lives. It’s not that important.
Immediate, simultaneous connection between the audience and a performer is crucial to me. It’s why I do what I do. Other things, like recording, are satisfying, but they’re not the same. I love the connection I get with the audience when I’m sitting behind that piano.
Jason Robert Brown
It is not a mystical thing, however, it is obvious and practical and I think that what the performer does is to try to get to that point with every choice you make from the phrasing in a tune to the choice of tunes.
Being a top performer – whether it’s in business or on the athletic field – requires grit and tenacity, as well as the continuous desire to become better.
I want to be a successful trans woman burlesque performer.
Doing ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!,’ you have to play at the top of your abilities, so it is so fun to get that opportunity. I’ve grown a lot as a performer just working with those guys.
Playing live is such a total visceral experience, and really, as a musician, you’re trained from the beginning to be a live performer.
An inevitable question asked of a performer who has made a modest success of his career is, ‘How has success changed you?’ It’s a loaded question because it automatically assumes that there has been a change. And, in a sense, the assumption is a correct one. Basically, however, most people remain pretty much the same.
A performer learns with experience and with age. I did not know the future when I left home and started out to begin my career: I started qawaali; then I met Peter Gabriel and was exposed to a lot of new ideas.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
I used to be naive. I didn’t realize the value of being a whole performer… People start to care about you when they know more about you and see different aspects of your personality.
I miss my hair, but I feel like going out there with some fake braids wouldn’t be right. I want to be the most genuine performer I can be.
You talk about meant to be – oh my goodness, I have never done anything else in my life except be a performer.
Something can be said for quitting for a little while. You can get completely drained as a performer and creator. You have to fill back up.
I wanted to be performer; like, I used to dance at weddings. I felt acting was my calling, and that is something I wanted to do.
I feel like I am just an entertainer. It does not matter what form I take to perform and entertain. I think I deserve being called a performer because you don’t call Tyler Perry a drag queen. You don’t call Will Smith a drag queen and all the other mainstream artists who use the aesthetic of drag to entertain.
BeBe Zahara Benet
I was always drawn to the blues. Alberta Hunter at the Cookery was a life-changing experience. I only wanted to get enriched as a performer as I got older, to have an audience which got older, too, and would come to see me when I’m 80.
My time is always divided when I prepare for a wire walk. First I dream, technically and artistically, and then I go to work, and I am the master rigger, climbing trees and ladders and constructing. Only then I change my cap and become the performer.
As a member of the audience I don’t like it that I can’t see what’s going on in the eyes and in the face and in the most subtle responses of a performer when I’m more than a few rows back. I find it very frustrating.
I think I was about seven when people started telling my parents I would be an actor or a performer of some kind.
I think the purpose of a piece of music is significant when it actually lives in somebody else. A composer puts down a code, and a performer can activate the code in somebody else. Once it lives in somebody else, it can live in others as well.
I do love to sing. Had I a longer set of thigh bones and a sweeter voice, I should have loved to be a performer.
I worked with my parents on the stage in production numbers since I was 4, but I never really gave much thought to being a performer on my own until I was 12 or 13.
I started performing in 1950 at the age of 16 when I joined the Burton Lester’s Midgets as a performer. Shortly after, I became a DJ with Mecca Organization before joining Billy Smart’s Circus as a clown and shadow Ringmaster.
Very few people rise that high, to be a performer known as only one name. Caruso… Valentino… Hitchcock… Garbo.
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Especially, I don’t want to ever be compared to The Rock because I’d be the poor man’s version of The Rock. I’m just not him; it’s not who I am as a person or as a performer. The Rock’s very big and bold, and I’m not.
The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.
For a performer, passion is far more important than technical skills. If a dancer’s leg isn’t at a perfect angle, I can see past that, but if someone’s dead in the face, it’s really boring.
Jon Moxley – great performer. I’m sure he’s a nice guy. But at the end of the day, I think people are sick and tired of him, you know, being the captain of the ship.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman
I was mainly a songwriter; I really wasn’t much of a performer.
J. J. Cale
I started as a pretty quiet kid and have had to evolve into a performer.
As a young performer, what you need to be doing is building your technique and musicality, not promoting your abilities – unless you’re ready to take on all that will result from such an approach.
I knew I wanted to be a performer, but I didn’t know I would specifically be in film. I actually never thought I would be in film. I always envisioned being on the stage.
A. J. Styles is an incredible performer; very spectacular.
It’s great to watch someone get the most out of what they can do, whether they’re a beautiful performer or just a really gritty performer. It’s something to behold.
Every performer should learn a little bit of everything.
I am pretty weird – as weird as in my videos. The only difference is Lilly is not a performer, and Superwoman is. So Superwoman is very fearless. You’ll never see her nervous. You’ll never see her sad. But Lilly is a human. She is the person behind Superwoman, who gets sad and tired sometimes.
My job as a performer is to make sure that whatever happens in a performance lives in somebody else, that it’s memorable… If you forget tomorrow what you heard yesterday, there’s really not much point in you having been there – or me, for that matter.
There’s definitely a loneliness and, like, an internal element to being a performer.
I was at a Dolly Parton concert when I was about 9 years old. I saw her at the Ohio State Fair, and it was my first real concert that I’d been to. I saw that crowd and how they reacted and how great of a performer she was and the band. Just the energy of the whole thing collectively really captured me.
I’m not running after glamorous roles, honestly. I’m a performer and want to perform instead of standing like a mannequin wearing a lot of makeup.
It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don’t have any ambitions. I’ve never been that kind of performer.
Who you are as a performer is one thing, but when you’re making records, you’re dealing with musicians’ tastes, their goals, their wants, their needs, everyone’s individual pride.
There are so many reasons to mark the passing of the great Joe Cocker – as many songs as he wrote, recorded and performed in his remarkable concerts. For me, Cocker was also the only performer who successfully covered and even improved on The Beatles.
It took time to really build myself a reputation as a good live performer, a musician and an artist.
Every performer has a little gem, a little pearl they have done that nobody pays much attention to. And then one day, somebody does recognize it, which is so gratifying.
I’ve never been comfortable as a lead performer, and I never wanted to be a singer, particularly.
When I came to WWE – I got signed when I was 23. When I was on ‘SmackDown’ roster, the main roster, I was 24. I wasn’t ready for those responsibilities. I wasn’t – I wasn’t seasoned enough as a wrestler, as an in-ring performer.
I always knew I wanted to be a performer.
I want to be safe in the knowledge that I can tour and play festivals for a long time. The main thing is that I want a good reputation as a live performer. If I have that, I’d be so happy.
I’ve always been an anxious performer. I’ve never liked performing.
I always call myself the luckiest actor in the world because I made a living solely as a performer from the time I left home at 17 years old.
Brian Stokes Mitchell
My singing wasn’t horrible, but my dancing really made it look silly. It’s not like I’m a horrible singer that can’t sing. But I don’t have the consistency or the presentation skills that a good performer has.
The thing I fail to do is fully comprehend what’s given back to me by the audience. You would think you would be a performer partly so you could feel all the appreciation or adulation, but I haven’t quite managed that yet.
Behind every great athlete is a masterful coach that inspires the athlete to evolve into the strongest performer they can become.
I’m a hometown girl, and my personality at home is the opposite of the performer in me. But then, when I’m home and haven’t done anything for a while, I get really itchy and nervous and weird-feeling.
Because Slash is such a well-known performer all over the world, it definitely helped with the awareness of Alter Bridge. People come up to me and say that they saw me playing with Slash, and it turned them on to the other things I do.
If any performer has quality in his voice he can almost always be helped to develop all the other necessary attributes.
If a comedian has a strong following, and the branded segment feels different compared to what you typically do, people will know right away that it’s not authentic to who you are as a comedian or performer. Brands need to keep that in mind.
I don’t want to be just a performer.
To put what you see on paper is the same as funneling what you feel through yourself as a performer.
Growing up, I was always enthralled by Ronnie Barker. He made my dad howl with laughter, which always intrigued me, and he had the rare gift of being as good a performer as he was a writer.
Everything you do is about creating an experience in the viewer’s head. If you’re rude or irritating as a performer, then your magic is irritating.
If you’re growing up in a chaotic world without reason, your instinct is to become a performer and control the circumstances around you. You lead from weakness into strength; you have an undefended back.
John le Carre
No one will ever be as good as Phil Hartman. He was such an amazing genius, and may be the best sketch performer of all time.
I’m the kind of performer who gets lost on stage. I can tap into this soulful haze.
I wouldn’t say that I was a born performer, because I work very hard at it.
Anneliese van der Pol
First of all, I’m a performer, so people really want to see my performance in different styles and genres. We tried to do hip-hop and EDM, and very energetic performances through ‘Camo,’ ‘Nega Dola,’ and ‘One Shot, Two Shot.’
I wasn’t playing a drag queen – I was playing an extraordinary performer.
In every language you can imagine, I’ve had people say ‘Appetite For Destruction’ is the soundtrack to their lives. I don’t think you could say something nicer to an entertainer or performer – can’t get more respectful.
I think a lot of people clamored for me to be a world champion or to be in this position but that I needed to be more serious and fit a certain mold. One of my things as a performer is that what I learned in our journey was, honestly, it was so much more rewarding to do it our way.
As a standup performer, I’m onstage, and it’s important how the audience is looking at me. I’m looking at whether they’re leaning forward or not, those types of things. You read an energy. And it’s the same thing in a scene with other actors.
As a performer, I’m happy if one person gets to see the work I do, but to have lots of people see it and appreciate it, it feels good.
I saw Tina Turner do ‘Proud Mary’ on TV, and it was so electrifying and such a unique experience. I remember crying out of excitement, and I knew that I wanted to be a performer and make people feel excited and moved, and that’s why I gravitated towards it.
I worked really hard in college, and I came out a completely different person and performer than when I went in. I did the work, and I found a craft.
Am I a frustrated performer? My wife would say I am! I guess there has to be something of the performer in you if you build a global business.
To the general public, show business may just mean the artistic part, but the dollar and cents element is the reality every performer has to face.
I think the actual art of expressing yourself is a very important part of being human. And an important part of being a performer is understanding what it’s like to create yourself.
As a performer you often feel that you’re the child and everyone else is a grown-up.
If you go out and just play the old stuff and never write new stuff, you’re not really a complete musician, you’re a performer.
Pretty much my whole life, I’ve been a performer and have loved singing and writing songs in my room for my own ears.
Perhaps the most important thing that technology does is free the listener to participate in ways that in all previous periods of listening were governed by the performer.
What’s sad is that we can have a reality-television performer for president without incorporating the other aspects of reality television – like voting and voter engagement.
Ideally the performer has a special function. Which is to bring the listener to the edge of that experience and to open the doors of this perception in such a way that those who wish to enter can.
I’m a performer. We don’t retire.
The high point for me in my career was when Sinatra called me his favourite performer in the Fifties. And I’ve been sold out ever since.
All those I admired as a young performer had a calmness to their comedy.
I’m a performer and have managed to get my performing into the mainstream consciousness of the world, I guess.
I have never, ever met a performer that was a stickler to critical moments and moves as they fit. Savage was a perfectionist.
I know that I am an excellent live performer. I know that I have spent my life paying attention to my art form, developing my art form, worrying about my show and what it is I’m bringing to people, making sure that I give them a fine trade. They get a two-hour show, sometimes a three-hour show, for a decent price.
I was the family alien. Both my parents are quite creative, but I was… appalling… always putting on little shows. I was rather a shy child, not a natural performer, but there was a performative edge to everything I did.
I love my stuff – you’re not supposed to say that. But because I’m performer as well as a writer, I’m constantly interacting with my own work. I always get to find these little secrets that I left for myself, little notes – I find them all over the scores.
Jason Robert Brown
I’m not really a musician. I’m a performer, and I love rock n’ roll. I’ve embraced rock n’ roll because it encompasses all the things I’m interested in: poetry, revolution, sexuality, political activism – all of these things can be found in rock n’ roll.
I can’t think of a performer who is better on television than in person.
Something that I think extends to a lot of African cultures is that the line between performer and audience is blurry. My mom would lead the wedding song regularly, and she isn’t a professional singer. Even as an audience member, you’re expected to clap and sing the response to the lead.
I believe if you are a good performer, then nothing can stop you.
Madrid is enjoyed most from the ground, exploring your way through its narrow streets that always lead to some intriguing park, market, tapas bar or street performer. Each night we’d leave our hotel to begin a new adventure in Madrid and nine out of 10 times, we’d walk through the Plaza Mayor.
I’ve realized along the way that a lot of things that I do as a performer are about waiting for somebody to write something for me or develop something for me, but music, music was the thing that I don’t have to wait for anybody’s permission to do.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
I’m able to shift gears from mom to performer to mom pretty quickly.
I grew up in show business, so I always knew I was going to be a dancer or a performer. I knew that was my business.
By nature, a woman is independent though she can have bindings. But, she is a lone performer.
A master performer like Bill Clinton never lost sight of the fact that as president he had to project confidence and power, but if he was speaking to a group of autoworkers he would adjust his accent and his words to fit the audience, and do the same for a group of executives.
The way you really find out about the performer’s seriousness about the cause is how long they stay with it when the spotlight gets turned off. You see a lot of celebrities switch gears. They go from the environment to animal rights to obesity or whatever. That I don’t have a lot of respect for.
As a performer, the more I scare the stunt coordinator, the better.
Alan Cumming is such an amazing performer and person.
Once I started performing I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life. But you have to work really hard to be a performer.
The mind of the performer is a very strange thing.
Usher is amazing. He’s perfection to me as a performer. He gets down.
Since I was very young, probably two or three, I had really good memorization skills. I would memorize stuff from TV and perform it for my family. I was the little performer for most of my early life. So eventually, my mom caught onto that and thought I might want to get into acting.
I’m a performer.
I think I spent most of my childhood, and my early years as a performer, in student mode. And I think that’s OK – I mean, it led me to where I am.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
I want to change how people perceived me when I came over here, change how the people perceive South-East Asians or Middle Eastern or Muslim or Hindu or whatever their identity is. I want them to just let that go and treat the performer as a performer.
In every character that you play… I mean, I don’t think I’ll ever be the type of actor or performer per se who transforms, you know? Like Claire Danes transforms into Temple Grandin – I’m not gonna do that.
I live in Nashville, and I love to sing. When I’m on stage, I feel like a performer for sure. I know people are looking at me and taking pictures and singing along, and that part’s wonderful, but I do live in Nashville. I live the most boring life away from what you see me on camera doing.
All I want to do is be onstage. A performer needs to perform.
You’re not going to find a more committed performer than Sandra Oh – to every single word, action, history that informs the future. Every little thing.