If you can overcome stage fright, you are prepared not only for the music business but also for the world… because after all the world is the REAL stage.
Here are 5 valuable tips that we have discovered work across the game board of LIFE with a few changes in words.
THESE ARE PRICELESS PEARLS TO US. Please read them and absorb them…
1. NOT JUST A GIG
Your audience wants an EXPERIENCE!!!
This is not just about you doing your thing on stage singing and hitting high and low notes…. Fans want to feel the musical story and go somewhere with you. If you concentrate more about the experience than soloing out the song, your voice or your stage presence, you will find that each performance becomes an experience for you too.
2. EACH FALL IS AN EXPERIENCE
Allow yourself to make mistakes.
If you are worried about not singing or playing your best, you are limiting yourself. We often tell artists that if you don’t fall while “skiing”, you are way too controlled and will never improve.
If you fall you have probably tried something outside of your control realm. Many times if you deliver a perfect performance, it is also VERY boring. When you are making an experience for someone, you take chances, which can bring mistakes. A few mistakes are MUCH MORE important than a bland controlled performance.
3. ARE YOU IN SHAPE?
Exercise right before you go out on stage… ALWAYS!
It releases lots and lots of anxiety and opens up your chest. 20 wall pushups or floor pushups do wonders. 2 or 3km run earlier in the day is the NUMBER 1 way you’ll get ready for a performance…
4. TAKE CONTROL! POSITIVE THINKING!
As much as your visualize negativity, what could go wrong, and what may happen, and is that one note going to come out, etc., you have the same brain power to visualize a great performance and an experience.
We are in control of our brains, but it takes work.
If you aren’t prepared, you’re doomed.
You should be nervous if you have not prepared sufficiently for anything in life… tests, speaking, presentations you are planning a failure and probably deserve having one so that the pain brings change!!!
Practice over and over but practice right because practice makes permanent.
DON’T change your songs at the last minute because you begin to second guess. NOOOOOOOO! Your muscles also have memory and changing songs that you have been practicing can set you up for failure.
REMEMBER… YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK!
Just say something like, “Get your butt out there and shut up. You want this, so go get it!!! You’re prepared!!! Now go do it and quit being a whiner”.