5 tips on how to deal with stage fright
So you decided you want to be a performing artist. But there’s only one thing holding you back from actually getting started, stagefright. Trust me you’re not alone. A lot of artists deal with it and it can be a real struggle sometimes. That little voice in the back of your head telling you you can’t do it or you’re afraid of what people might think. But how can you actually deal with it? I got 5 tips on how to deal with stage fright
1. Film yourself or perform in front of your family and/or friends first
Practice at home. As people say: ‘practice is the key to success’. And while you practice, film yourself and watch it when you’re done. This way you can see things that might go wrong in your live performance so you can practice that extra or change it. You could also perform in front of your family or friends so they can give you feedback on what you could do to make it better.
2. think positive
Before a performance, people with stage fright might make up a lot of scenarios of what could go wrong. Try not to do this. And I know this sounds easier than done because you’re really nervous. But try to think about the good things instead of the bad ones. Imagine the crowd cheering because you gave an amazing performance or if you had previous performances think about how good that went. Try to ignore that annoying little voice in the back of your head, you can do it!
3. Start small
When you start performing you don’t instantly have to perform in front of hundreds or thousands of people. Start small. Invite your friends and/or family and perform for them or ask if you can perform in a local cafe. If you do this often you can slowly start performing for more people.
4. Don’t think too much about mistakes
Often when people make mistakes they dwell on it for a long time. Don’t do that! You’ll only get insecure. Try to forget it and move on. You’re a human, and humans make mistakes. Maybe the audience won’t even notice the mistake. You can learn from it, work on it and the next time you’ll do great.
5. Don’t let stage fright hold you back
So here you got 5 tips on how to deal with stage fright. It can be really hard to deal with. Some people give up on their dreams because of it, don’t let that happen. The only way you’re going to get over it is by doing it. And when you finally get over it you’ll feel amazing. You’ll be really proud of yourself because you conquered your fears and followed your dreams. You probably will never be able to impress everyone and you don’t have to. Try not to focus on the negative sides of things and the negative people. The only one you have to impress is yourself.