Overcoming stage fright……..

We all get stage fright to some degree or another. At least, we should if we have an average-size ego!

As a child I was hugely frightened to sing and perform in front of people. It took years to overcome this, but I did. I still get nervous at times. Actually it’s more of an excited feeling. My knees and hands no longer shake!

Overcoming stage fright isn’t easy, but it’s possible. If you love to sing, then singing just for yourself is only half the experience. Singing for others can fill you will joy, meaning, and confidence. Here’s what I recommend.

First and foremost, practise and get good at your craft. Be proud of your voice and skill.

Second, find opportunities that are small but numerous. Singing at church, for example, is a great way to start. So is going to karaoke bars. Singing in front of your voice teacher is a huge step as well. My mother always said, “each performance is like putting a penny into your bank of confidence.” She was so right (aren’t they always!)

I was lucky to have many many opportunities to perform and sing as a child and again as a teenager. My public school was emmersed in performing arts with a wonderful music teacher who always nutured me.

Now, I offer opportunities to all my students to perform in front of others as frequently as possible. Not only do we perform for each other, but we go to nursing homes and hospitals. Sometimes we put on little shows for charities and fund-raisers. Students get the opportunity to conquer their fears many times throughout the year, both on piano and singing.

The bottom line is you have to just do it. Do it over, and over, and over. It does get easier. Your performances will get better and better, as you conquer your fears.

Do you still get nervous? What has helped you? Let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks. Susan

When it’s not perfect….

Have you experienced this….you can’t hear yourself singing in the monitor above the noise, or you have a cold and you’re really worried about the high note that is coming.

Conditions are not going to be perfect. Trust me, been there, done that. You know, there is this saying about going with the flow…….have you heard of it? Sure you have!

Somehow, some way, you are going to find the way to make this experience the best it can be. When you roll with the punches, your audience will not even know things aren’t perfect. Trust me. And even if they do, (because maybe you told them), it’s the way you handle it that matters. Singing through a tough cold but having fun and putting on a great show goes a long way. I know it’s not ideal but sometimes you have no choice.

Your facial expressions need to reflect that everything is A-OK, even if it’s not. You owe it to your audience. You are a professional…..you owe it to yourself to be the best you can be.