I know, I sound like your grandmother. But when your back is straight, your presence shines.
When actors are trained in a conservatory or graduate school program, they learn to bring their bodies and voices to a neutral place. They lose any regional accent they may have and maximize their ability to use their bodies in any way a character may require. Actors cultivate very strong relationships with their bodies, a deep self-awareness that serves them well in their craft.
Like actors, we all live in these bodies, and the way we use them sends messages about who we are, and how we’re feeling. When we slouch or slump, it can look like we’re deflecting attention, or that we’re apologizing for being there, or that we don’t have much energy.
Standing up straight gives you options. It’s the neutral setting. It says “I’m here, I’m paying attention, and I’m not afraid to take up space.”