Love the Silence of Storytelling

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Golden Circle: Learn to Love the Silence of Storytelling
By Greg Anthony

When you get in the business hopefully  you start out with a humble assumption that you know nothing. Once you get started you realize you actually know less than nothing. The truth is things you took as fact you soon find are false. It would be the equivalent of finding out water isn’t wet.

Learning to work has zero to do with how many moves you know. Your job isn’t to continuously display every move you’ve learned. Your job is to tell a story. Your job is to be loved or hated, nothing in between.

Wrestling of yesteryear understood the importance of silence. That everything was a slow build. Every match, every show was a gradual progression. With that process the valley low was just as important mountain high.

Wrestling has changed but then again so has the world. We want more. More action, more adrenaline, more bumps but our attention span is shorter so we want it all faster.

We have many young wrestlers trying to keep up with each other. Pushing the envelope and filling up their bump cards at an alarming pace. In some cases, solely because they are afraid of silence.  They try to replace love, hate, emotion and storytelling with athletic prowess. Now love plus hate plus emotion plus storytelling plus athletic prowess equals amazing results. It’s finding that balace that everyone must find on their own.

How ironic it is that the very silence they are killing themselves to avoid is exactly the response the envoke? We you see impact after impact, moonsault after shooting star, match after match then you desensitize your audience. Soon they are sitting on the hands while you are nothing but a martyr that will soon be forgotten because you are sprinting in a marathon.

Learn to love the silence. Learn to love the crescendo that should be a professional wrestling match. Learn to love putting in the work to anticipate a crowd not just giving them what you want to do. Learn to love being a storyteller because there are so few left.

— “The Golden Boy” Greg Anthony