Stage fright is the number one concern of any professional singer who has at one point or another found themselves to be completely frozen to the spot when they have attempted to sing in front of a large audience. The worst thing about stage fright is that it comes out of nowhere, with no warning signs and it can ruin anyone’s performance in a matter of seconds. Here are some tips for how to avoid singing stage fright when you next get up on stage.
Make sure you are as relaxed as possible
Many people experience a sudden onset of stage fright, as they are aware that they have been building up nervous energy and tension for far too long. In order to minimize your chances of being consumed and paralyzed by stage fright, try and find a way to rid yourself of excess energy before getting on stage. You could try breathing exercises for relaxation, jumping up and down, or even taking some time to meditate before your performance.
Remember to breathe
One of the reasons that stage fright seems to paralyze us and makes us totally spin out, is because we very often forget to breathe, which severely decreases the amount of oxygen we are taking in and sending to the brain. One of the most effective ways to overcome stage fright is to focus on your breath and literally force yourself to breathe through it. Count to three whilst inhaling and again whilst exhaling and you will find yourself returning to normal before you know it. Here are some excellent calming breathing techniques you can practice.
Pick a point of focus
If you are concerned about getting overwhelmed by the amount of people in the audience, then just pick one person or spot to look at in the crowd and focus your attention there. If you allow your eyes to dart around and look at absolutely everyone who is in the room, then the feelings of overwhelm will take over and you could end up gripped by nerves and fear.
If you are prone to stage fright, then consuming large quantities of coffee or energy drinks on the day or your performance is a really, really bad idea! You are going to add extra anxiety to the equation and instead of feeling like you have more energy, you will actually feel much more nervous and jittery.
Exercise is an excellent remedy for anxiety and going for a long run, or hard workout on the morning of your performance will do wonders for your nerves. Emotions require energy, therefore if you are too tired to feel nervous then its going to be extremely challenging for stage fright to get the better of you.
Finally, its important to remember that stage fright is completely normal and it happens to even the best performers. Just remember to take a moment to breathe through it and don’t allow yourself to be sucked in by worrying about making a fool of yourself. After all, your audience will be mere mortals just like you!