Stage Fright – Stage Fright Tips – How To Overcome Stage Fright
Having some form of stage fright is completely normal, especially if you haven’t had much experience being in front of a crowd. Even people who have been performing for years experience some form of stage fright before walking up and performing in front of a crowd of people. But there are definitely things that you can do to take this down several notches and, eventually, just about eradicate it. In this article you’ll discover…
- Things to do and consider before performing
- Things to remember during a performance
- The most important tip to remember, if you remember nothing else
Things To Do and Consider Before a Performance
First off, being a little nervous is not only normal; it’s actually good! You’re not buying it? Here’s what I mean. We get nervous about the things that we care about, things that we want to go well. Consider your job. Do you get nervous about doing your job? If you’ve been there a while, I’m guessing the answer is no. Are you passionate about you job? If your anything like most people, the answer to that question is no. It’s important for us to be constantly challenging ourselves and bettering ourselves. We are built for that and function best under that reality. So, feeling nervous isn’t the worst thing in the world, boredom and lethargy are worse. But, we do want to get rid of the crippling part of fear, so let’s continue.
One of the best things you can do before a performance is make sure you’ve had plenty of rest. It may sound simple, but nervousness can cause sleeplessness, and sleeplessness can produce even more anxiety, not to mention decreased cognition. You need all the strength and thinking resources you can get before a performance, so monitoring your sleep, even taking a natural sleep aid, is an important step. Sleep not only keeps you in a better mental state, it puts you in a better physical state. Your voice is healthier when you get enough sleep, and the converse is true.
Another helpful tip that seems to work for a lot of people is to visit the venue sometime before your performance. This has a way of taking the fear of the unknown out of the equation. You can kind of imagine what it will be like to be up there and can be very calming. Unknown fears often have to do with small logistical things like where you will get on and off stage, and wear the microphone with be. So having a visual of the venue can begin to dispel some of those fears.
Another simple but effective tip is to exercise the days leading up to the performance. Being nervous creates quite a lot of nervous energy, and the best, healthiest way to get rid of that is through some type of exercise. Exercise also releases endorphins, which help improve your mood and perspective. Nerves have a way of distorting our perspective and skewing reality. Creating some space to exercise and take your mind off of things for a while can put you in a better frame of mind. That way you can return refreshed and energized, and things will tend to feel more manageable.
Things To Remember During a Performance
Smile. This does a few things. First of all, it tends to relax you and help you remember that you want to do this, and your psyche will follow the lead of your body. Second, it endears the audience to you more. Remember, they want you to succeed, they think you will succeed and they are glad to be there. Show them that you believe the same. This is part of the “fake it until you make it” philosophy. The beginning is usually the most nerve-wracking part, so if you can get through the first couple of minutes, the rest should be a breeze.
Also, involving the audience. This may seem even more difficult than actually performing. And for some it certainly may be. But if you have an extended time to perform, this is a great way to get the audience involved and on your side. After all, if you’re working together, what is there to be nervous about?!
If You Remember Nothing Else
The main thing to remember is to be prepared. Preparation leads to peace. Take the time to learn your music. Make sure you’re doing your vocal warm ups and strengthening exercises. Have your outfit picked out, one that makes you feel good, that you know you look good in. Make a list of all the things you need and have them ready to go well before it is time to leave. Get to the venue early…and so on. The most nervous I ever feel is when I know that I’m unprepared or only partially prepared, especially for the song or songs that I’m going to perform. Even if everything else goes wrong; if you are prepared to do your thing, you’re going to be fine no matter what comes your way, what changes, what you forgot. None of those things matter, as long as you are ready and prepared to show the world what you’re made of.
I hope some of this was helpful.