Even well-known professional singers also get stage fright now and then. A bout of terrible stage fright prevented the great Barbara Streisand from performing live for many years.
You are not alone.
In reality, stage fright is just fear of the unknown. It’s a basic human fear, a survival instinct!
This very common affliction affects practically every performer, speaker, and singer who’s ever graced the stage!
Surveys have shown that many people fear public speaking more than death… imagine the fear of public singing!
If you’re here because of a nasty case of stage fright, just know: performance stress is normal. And you can overcome it with these 3 tips!
1. Practice, practice, practice!
One of the best ways to overcome stage fright is to be mentally and physically prepared.
Knowing that you practiced your songs and performance thoroughly will give you the confidence and strength to take to the stage and celebrate all your hard work!
2. Take a brain break
Another way to overcome stage fright is to take your mind off of the performance. What better way to do that than to do your warming up vocal exercises?
Many singers don’t even bother warm up their vocal cords. How can a singer sing healthily without warming up their instrument properly?
Warming up before a performance not only takes your mind away from the stress, it helps you hit the notes with ease and protects your vocal cords from being damaged.
3. Give yourself a pep talk! You’ve got this!
It’s important to remind yourself that stage fright is a natural, human response. It’s okay to feel scared, it’s okay to be nervous!
The most important thing is to focus on being positive and channeling confidence.
You’ve rehearsed, you’ve warmed up, you’ve got this! Give yourself a positive pep talk, or find a friend/family member you trust to do it for you.
Once you’ve overcome stage fright once, you’ll remember that you can with every performance to come.