Overcoming Stage Fright

 Overcoming Stage Fright is a large challenge for tons and tons of performers. In some cases, a person gets nervous right before jumping onto the stage for a performance. With others, it prevents them from performing altogether. For those who are overwhelmed with the thought of being in the spot light, here’s a helpful tip to build that confidence and get over that stage fright.

To overcome fear of the stage, I’ve compiled a list of low to high risk scenarios when it comes to performing.

Low – Giving a short speech in front of a group of friends, singing to a group of friends, going out for karaoke, Joining a choir, singing in a religious institution

Medium – Having an ensemble or small role in a production, singing one song in front of an audience, having a choir solo, giving a speech to a larger audience

High – Having a lead in a production, singing lead in a band, facilitating a lecture, performing for the Super Bowl

Keep in mind that in no matter what situation, the audience is in your corner! They want to be impressed! They want to have a good time! Knowing this, let’s dive in a kick that stage fright to the curb!

For those who always wanted to make it to the stage but could never find the courage, start small! Take a low risk scenario and give a speech or sing a bit! Yes, you’ll be nervous. Yes, there’s a slight chance you’ll mess up, but that’s the wonderful thing about a low risk situation. It may not be a perfect performance, but those around you will enjoy it anyway. The people there will be incredibly supportive! You’ll have a good time, and you’ll get helpful feed back. The amount of people you perform for is entirely up to you in many low risk scenarios, where you choose the company that you want to perform for. Want to sing to your best friend? Totally fine! Want to perform in front of fifteen friends? That’s great too! Slowly, you’ll gain more confidence and may find you even enjoy the spot light.

After taking that first step and putting yourself out there, it’s time to move to a medium risk situation. There are plenty of opportunities in every state and location for singing/dancing/acting productions, as well as recitals to strut your stuff and sing solo. In some cases, as in an ensemble, you’ll be working as a member of a team. In others, such as a featured role in a show, you’ll be a bit more exposed. This is the next jump in difficulty of growing accustomed to the stage. There’s a bit more preparation on the performer’s side, and there will most likely be more strangers in attendance. Everyone in the crowd will be rooting for you, but the feeling is daunting nonetheless! As with the low risk situations, you’ll find that it takes a few performances or presentations before it begins to grow more comfortable. Keep at it and you’ll notice a positive change in yourself.

High risk situations up the stakes even more. Larger audiences, a larger role, and a greater amount of preparation onyour part makes scenarios such as these the most difficult. Both the low and medium risk scenarios have been gearing you up for this by making you more comfortable in front of a crowd while instilling a confidence and dedication that will help you succeed at a higher level! As with any situation, it may be scary the first couple of times, but with time and practice, the mind will adjust and you will have conquered the last level of stage fright!

Whenever I’ve heard someone use the term “stage fright,” it always seemed to include any and all situations of performing. However, as seen with our different scenarios, some performances are much less frightening than others.  It’s important to recognize this difference and utilize it by starting small and slowly building confidence and stage presence until you feel more comfortable on a stage. That’s the key to this method of overcoming stage fright! Do you still have nerves before a performance? That’s fine! Nervousness in general isn’t a bad thing. The goal is to break down the barriers that prevents you from getting onto the stage to begin with. We’ll discuss and tackle nerves another day.

What are your success stories? How have you conquered stage fright? Let us know in the comments below! Congratulations to those who have broken down these barriers, and good luck to those who are in the process of doing so!