At some point in our lives, we’ll probably run into a situation where we may have to perform in public or in front of few or large audiences in general. Specific situations greatly vary from theaters, acting, singing, modeling, stage play, debate, declamations, speeches, speaking in front of the class, and much more. However, to a lot of us, stage fright often sits in probably a few moments before, as soon as you get on stage, during the activity, or even after that. There are many ways to get over stage fright. Let me share you my story.
Back when I was still in elementary and early high school, there were several instances where I had to speak in front of a crowd. I’ve always thought that it was nerve-wracking. I mean, yeah, being in front of those people and reading while everybody’s looking. It shattered me a few times. It became obvious when I started to stutter and miss some words especially when it’s a piece I have to memorize.
The same goes when performing. When I sing and dance even with some friends or colleagues, it still made me nervous. I really wanted to get it done and over with. I mean to most of you who get nervous, I know you’ve felt the same way I did. I get sweaty and I shiver.
But it changed after a few times I’ve been on stage. Maybe because I’m already starting to get used to speaking in front of many and I gain more confidence as I go along. I do get nervous at times but as soon as I step on stage, it just goes away and I even start to enjoy it as I go along. Well, there are a couple of things I do to at least minimize the nervousness. First, just trust in yourself that you’ll do fine. Then, one of the most common reasons why people get nervous is the fear of making a mistake. This is so true. Especially when all eyes and ears are on you and you have to do something important. Well, what I do is that I always go back and say to myself, everyone commits mistakes. It’s normal. Don’t try to be conscious in preventing mistakes since doing that may lead you to making one.
In some situations like declamations or something that doesn’t require audience intervention, you can even think as if there’s no one watching you. Just do your stuff. In some cases, especially performances like singing, modeling, etc, in a lot of cases, there are spotlights that are so bright that you won’t see your audience. I had this experience before when I had to model in front of hundreds of people. I thought I’d be too nervous to do it but as I got on stage, the bright spotlights were on me and the audience were mere shadows. I did great.
Well, we all have our own ways to overcome stage fright but the common factor is a positive attitude and trust in oneself. Believe that you can do it and you’ll be just fine.