This last week, I have heard a number of teachers asking each other for advice about help their students gain the skills of demanding the attention of the audience. They then went on to discuss louder voices, bigger behavior, more interesting tactics. Of course, all of these old theatrical notions simply push the audience further away. Unfortunate for all involved because in these endeavors, there is no real interest, no real enjoyment for the actors, so no interest or enjoyment for the people who have come to see them on stage. Let's be very, very simple. We would say a cat on stage has presence. You can not take your eyes off her. She may be sitting upstage in a corner licking her paw and your attention is drawn to her while the actors are busy downstage trying to demand your attention. Please, you must see why this is true. It has to do with what Sanford Meisner called the "Reality of Doing". Even without the addition of personal meaning, urgency, high stakes, the struggle to accomplish against all odds, yes, even without any of that, the simple reality of doing something without adding anything extra, is captivating. If you can grasp that, if you can embrace it, trust it, encourage it and master it, well... You can take it to the bank.