More Things to Listen to During Your Next Acting Warm Up / Cool Down

Juliana Valente Performance Photos
Juliana Valente. Photo: Jerry Zalez

Do you listen to music to drop into character or as a tool to walk away from a character? Last year I wrote this blog post on 3 Things to Listen to During Your Next Acting Warm Up / Cool Down while I was working on David Mamet’s play, Oleanna.

Juliana Valente Performance Photos
Juliana Valente and Nick Pascarella in David Mamet’s OLEANNA. Amy Sellars, Directo

Are you working on difficult material right now? Then you know that the warm up and cool down periods are crucial parts of that work. I’m not talking about the  physical warm up-though that should also be a part of your artistic day, I mean the moments you take to focus, to get in the “zone”, the “flow”, the “artistic state”.

Similarly, I find it helpful to cool down from particularly hot pieces by taking a moment to come back to reality through mindfulness; we really must teach ourselves how to shed the anxiety, fear, and/or trauma we have hosted in our bodies for the sake of storytelling.

I do benefit from taking time on either side of my working period to put on my headphones and listen to one of the pieces below to get into and out of a specific creative flow. (I create entire mixes for specific roles, but that’s another story 😉 )

Here were my picks last year:


1.) Inside the Actors Studio Suite, by Angelo Badalamenti

2.) Out of Africa Suite, by John Barry

3.) Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2, C Minor

And now, some of my go-to pieces in rotation lately:

4.) “Outsiders” and “Roses”, by Jean-Michel Blais

5.) Brahms’s String Quartet No. 1 in C minor and String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

6.) “Good As Hell”, by Lizzo

What about you? What are you listening to these days?


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