Holidays and Traditions
Be a living statue.
The European street theater tradition has a long history of human statues.Human statues are busking for money in many large cities around the world.If you want to become a living statue, you will need to decide on your theme and create a costume, then practice keeping still on a public street or square.
Step 1: A character can be developed.
The character can be based on a real person or well-known literary or mythological character.There are a lot of common character ideas.The Thinker and mimes.You can find pictures of living statues online or in an area of a nearby city where statues are frequently performed.
Step 2: You can make a costume.
To find wigs and clothing for your costume, start by visiting costume stores or novelty shops.If you want to make your own costume, you can purchase fabric at a fabric store and sew it yourself.You can choose a cotton fabric for your costume.Even in rain or snow, cotton holds its color.
Step 3: Allow your character to be accessed.
You can add objects to your appearance as a human statue.If you are a robot, hold an imitation computer, a book to read, and a plastic sword and hook, then look for objects that match your overall theme.You can inspire the costume, character, and actions you choose if you just go shopping.The best places to shop are yard sales, thrift shops and antique shops.You will find something odd that will spark your imagination.Home improvement stores and fabric and craft stores are good places to buy props.These types of stores can give you ideas of how to add to your statue character.
Step 4: You can flesh out your character by applying makeup.
Many living statues cover themselves in makeup to make them look like non-human characters.Depending on your skin tone, copper and silver are popular face-paint colors.You should be able to find costume makeup at most online retailers.Water based cake-Makeup can be used if you use a white or non-metallic color.If you use oil, make sure it doesn't smudge by dusting it with a finishing powder.If you want to draw attention to your eyes, you should line them in brown or black with regular eyeliner.Extra makeup on top of your solid base may be necessary, but keep it minimal unless you need it.
Step 5: You can find a pose that is easy to maintain.
Since you will mostly be standing still, you need to find an easy pose.Use your bones to hold you up, instead of using muscles to keep you upright.To avoid contorting your torso, keep your arms low and close to your body.You shouldn't have to balance in an uncomfortable position.If you are just starting out, you could use a chair or a wall of a building to support your body weight.As you become more used to working as a living statue, you will develop patience and learn to ignore small distraction from your body, including minor itches or a building sneeze.
Step 6: You should change your pose frequently.
A beginner will find it hard to hold a pose for 15 minutes because a statue can hold it for over two hours.If you want to change poses, you can make gradual movements: lower or raise your arms, bend at your waist, or try a new position on your own.If you shift poses frequently, you won't fall over.Dramatic movements can take your audience by surprise.By interspersing dramatic arm and torso movements into your living-statue routine, you can give yourself opportunities to move and engage the audience.
Step 7: Don't move and breathe deeply.
When trying to hold a pose for a long period of time, control your breathing.Slowly breathe into your abdomen and chest.The illusion of total immobility will be created by your slow breaths.The experience of standing still and breathing slowly can feel like meditation for some living statues.Don't forget to look at your watch from time to time because time can pass quickly in this state.
Step 8: You can choose an action to perform.
When a human statue comes to life, it is common for the performer to perform an action or give something away.It is possible to give away something as simple as a glance or a gesture.Your gesture needs to be meaningful if you want to connect with the human being in front of you.If you have a talent, use it.You can draw in viewers and surprise audience members by blowing bubbles, performing coin tricks, or playing an instrument.Blow a kiss, tip your hat, or take a dramatic bow if someone leaves money.
Step 9: A statue can be performed at a good location.
If you want to be seen by as many people as possible, you need to choose a location with high pedestrian traffic.Street performers are usually located along walking malls, large sidewalks and street corners.Don't go to areas with "No Busking" signs.You need to confirm that you can legally perform and solicit money in the area you choose.Busking is legal on public property.Most large cities have online guidelines for busking.Speak with other buskers to find out where you can and cannot perform.
Step 10: If you want to get money, put a hat or bucket in it.
Living statues work as buskers and rely on their performance as a part of their income.Pedestrians who appreciate your costume and talent will often linger and join other people to watch you in full statue costume.Audience members will give money if you have a hat, bucket, or jar.If you are only going to perform as a hobby and don't want to make an income from the work, you do not need to put out a collections bucket.
Step 11: Don't jump towards the children in the audience.
Resist the urge to startle toddlers and young children.The idea of a statue coming to life and frightening a child could give them nightmares.Your audience will stop giving you money if you treat them with hostility.Some people don't like being near statues because of their realism.Inform the people that you are doing performance art, not to disturb them.
Step 12: You should protect your personal space from hecklers.
Some people like to harass, heckle, or assault living statues.Living can statues can discourage hecklers and protect them from hasslers.You can try different techniques to find one that works for you.When dealing with unruly teenagers or adults, jumping out and scaring them away can be a defense that allows you to stay in character.This applies to people who try to touch you or treat you poorly.
Step 13: Speak to hecklers if they keep bothering you.
You may need to break character and speak to hecklers if you have tried to discourage them.It is worth breaking character to protect your personal space and keep from being attacked.Try saying something like, "This isn't funny and you're making me uncomfortable, please stop hassling me."
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