Everyone is a performer!
All people, in the routine of day to day life, can be seen as performers. In everyday life we as people do not ‘put on’ or ‘act’ out our lives in same sense that performers do, but rather we act without pre-planning our actions. We perform subconsciously everyday because the same principles behind what constitutes performance on stage apply to everyday life.
A performance is something that has been planned. We (attempt to) plan our lives from the moment we begin to comprehend the possibilities of the future. There does not need to be a huge spectacle to be considered performance, “sometimes performing in everyday life is casual… a change of clothes, a tone of voice…” We plan how we will dress, who we will talk to, how we will talk and interact with people. This is all part of our performance.
A performance is rehearsed. The daily routine of getting ready is rehearsed time and time again every morning when we wake up to the moment we go to sleep at night. This repeated action is done because society has passed it down as a tradition or practice that should be followed by members of its community. We are in essence, training ourselves as actors, constantly learning how to present ourselves, dictated by how we believe we are supposed to be seen.
Finally, a performance is staged. Every moment of our lives is a carefully calculated move, intended to show the world around us how we wish to be perceived, how we wish our lives to be staged. All this careful planning, all this rehearsal, is dictated by society. Our society dictates how we plan our lives, how we train ourselves and how we may perform. We are all subconsciously performing in a play written by society.
Regardless of the scale of what is being done, all elements of everyday life can be seen as a performance. All these actions share the same intent of making a statement to an ‘audience.’ Even small and subtle actions that could be missed as someone performing like when a parent ‘talks down’ to a small child or the child raises the pitch of his voice in order to ask for ice cream are still making a statement to their intended audience. It may be more accurate to describe performance as a ‘relationship’ between the performer and their observers. Every single one of us is a performer because we are all actors in the social ‘script’ with which to abide by.