Performing Arts Collective Blog

A multi-genre, multi-cultural and family oriented not for profit organisation. We provide performance opportunities for local Taranaki talent as well as offer coaching support, networks and agency services.​

It was FUN!!!!

July 09 2015, 8:32 pm

Sarah Marriott with her country medley.

Mitch Lagera

The secret to successful performing is fun!!!!

As a singer, the end result of hours and hours of rehearsing is performance. You sing in tune, with proper posture, breath right, have a beautiful tone, enunciate correctly and sing within your range. But most important of all, you let loose and have fun!

When performing, focus on what gifts you want to give the audience and how you can give them a good time. Everyone in the audience is rooting for you. They want to have a good time, so they want you to do well. They are supporting you with their attendance. Invite people to enjoy your performance with your smiles with your cheeks and eyes.

Keep your performances fresh for you and your audience. Find a new approach, connect with the lyrics, create new choreography and try new collaborations. Make sure when you perform your songs, that you love them. The magic ingredient in great entertainment is FUN. Has everyone experienced enjoyment, amusement and pleasure?

“People don’t perform at their highest levels unless they are having fun.”

PAC Director

Keri Elvin

To collaborate or not?

May 27 2015, 11:37 pm

Collaboration is an investment strategy… investment in your own personal growth. Partnerships between performers who have a vested interest in the same outcome…a shared vision are collaborations.

Hannah Collinson and Arwyn Whaanga

Can you add value to another act?
Who could you perform with to add value to your act?
What ideas do you have to create performances with others?
Have you worked with.......

Cooperation, sharing, exchanging ideas, trust, compromise, collective decision making and a willingness to both listen and trial ideas are all key components to the collaborative spirit.

Collaboration divides the task and multiplies the success.

Norah Jones is quoted as saying "For me making music is part social, part interaction, part collaboration."

Does collaboration play an important part in your performing?

PAC Director

Coaching to connect

April 18 2015, 10:07 am

Cheyenne & Raymelyn
Sarah Evans

What we always need to remind ourselves as performers is that all performances are stories. We need to connect to that story and bring to the stage our interpretation of that story. To take our audience on the journey with us, we must let them feel our emotions.

Therefore it's important for us to be ourselves - share our quirkiness, our uniqueness and our deep emotional connection to our art. Let down those walls and the audience will feel what we feel.

It takes incredible courage to be vulnerable in the presence of others…….


this is what connection, captivation and performing from the heart is all about.

In Demand

March 29 2015, 12:54 pm

I spoke to a group of students recently about the work we do with the collective and opportunities that they could be offered. And the response?

Excitement, questions and an eagerness to get started. I am really looking forward to the auditions next term. A large group has already signed up and its always amazing hearing and seeing young people taking a risk and sharing their talents.

In the same week an event coordinator contacted us wanting our performers to return and provide entertainment for her residents and staff. And why us?

Because we offer such variety, because they are young ones and because they want something different and we always bring that. Great feedback. Great to be in demand.

Time to build those set lists, book in visit dates and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.

PAC Director


Taking that first step

January 31 2015, 4:31 pm

Serenity and Karena

There are a vast number of opportunities out there. Take the time to check them out and find that confidence within to take the first step. This may be a phone call or email; making enquiries and asking the right questions. Prepare yourself with what you want to know. If it sounds good, you've checked out their website and got answers that fit your personal reasons and desires for performing then the next question is who can go with you for support?
You arrive at the audition (on time) and all the focus is on you. Show how keen you are to become a member of this organisation, ask questions and be open and honest.

"Remember as an artist you are a storyteller. Whether you sing, dance, act or play an instrument, tell a story that draws the audience in, connects to their hearts and leaves people knowing more of who you are".

Our first auditionees for 2015: Mitch Lagera (singer) Karena Rosal, (model) Serenity Pihama(model) and Anuji Pathirana (singer).It was fantastic to see their confidence develop as we got further into the audition, and then their natural instincts also shone through too.

Welcome aboard girls!

Keri (PAC Director)