Touring Well with Holly Arrowsmith
What do you always do before you go onstage?
Breathe, try to find a quiet place alone. Remind myself that the audience is on my side, and we all just want to enjoy ourselves!
How many days in a row can you perform? - before your voice/body needs a break.
I try not to go beyond 5 days in a row, even if my voice could keep going it can be emotionally draining without a break.
What hacks do you have to make sure you get enough rest?
I don't usually go out after a show. I head back to accom, have a cup of tea and try to unwind/ have a chat with whoever I am travelling with and get a good night's sleep.
I try to plan tours so that there are not too many super early flights/crazy drive times between places.
It's important to really imagine real life situations when you book tours e.g. 'The cheapest flight is at 5am after the show, but how will I actually feel for the next show if I go with it?' It could well be worth spending an extra $50 for a few hour's sleep.
If eating a balanced diet is important to you, how are you able to find healthy options while you are touring?
You could easily end up eating out for pretty much every meal, so it is nice to have accommodation where you can cook if you want to. It's way cheaper that way too.
If you are doing a house show tour, you often have dinner with your hosts and get a nice home cooked meal.
What do you enjoy most about touring?
Connecting with people, hearing their stories, tour party companionship and seeing new places.