Performance Anxiety is something that has plagued me since I was four years old.
Well, when I was four my mother had me get up in front of my whole church and sing a little song. It was a song I knew by heart and loved singing it at home for close family and friends. When I got up on the stage with the microphone in front of my face and peered out over the audience just staring at me...I completely forgot the whole thing.
My mom had to help me by singing with me, and I was MORTIFIED.
I'm sure everyone would have thought I was adorable whatever the heck I did up there...but as a very sensitive child with perfectionist tendencies (even at the age of FOUR...)...I was beside myself with shame that I'd screwed it up and let everyone down.
If you are someone who gets really nervous when performing in front of others, you are not alone! Most accomplished musicians with whom I have conversed struggle with this on some level. It's good to remember that part of your nervousness is because you are so passionate about your craft and are quite concerned that the audience enjoys the experience with you.
Scenarios That Can Trigger Performance Anxiety
On my journey to cope with performance anxiety I have learned a few things that have really helped me overcome the more severe bouts of nervousness. If you have a performance or audition coming up, try following these five simple steps to set you up for success!
Preparing for Performance in Five Easy Steps
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