As a performer, I know how you feel. Heck, I still get a bit of stage fright from time to time! Don't worry. Stage fright is normal. Believe it or not, my instructor tells us that the biggest reason for fear of performing is that we feel we won't be as good as everyone else. We are afraid of criticism and of humiliating ourselves. In order to avoid criticism and embarrassment, we should be the first to perform. I know it may sound insane to you, but by performing first and always daring to go ahead, we not only develop confidence, but we earn admiration, as well. You should always keep in mind, however, that you are only facing people. The people you share with every day and the people you perform for are hardly any different; they're all just people in the end. Try taking a moment just before your performance to breathe, get comfortable with your surroundings, and smile. Even a fake smile can lift your spirits, and it will become real before you know it. I believe that the most important factor in any performance is enjoyment. Have fun with your performance! It's your piece; make the best of it!
I never had it for auditions or performance's. it felt so right and I was sure of my lines and choreography. I sang ,danced and did stage plays. So don't take it the wrong way but maybe performing is not for you. I really wanted to play basketball but it was not in the cards for me. maybe coaching is more of your forte'?
the fright is all in your mind. most people wont even listen to what your saying. trust me. take it from somebody who knows. just drink plenty of water before so your voice wont crack. that's the worst thing that could ever happen. trust me on that.
I use to have MAJIOR STAGE FRIGHT!!! I got over it by just getting up and speaking in front of about 300 people for a play. If you mess up, OH WELL! This world is all about messing up just laugh about it! But I still can't sing infront of a crowd haha. Just try your best and everything will be fine!
You can take AVID, which is advanced via individual determination. Its in school and you learn to be more of a leader and participate in speaking infront of your good friends so its easy. Plus AVID prepares you for college and has lots of fieldtrips. I took it last year.
ok...don't picture people in their underwear, it jut makes me laugh. What I do is look at the text or board or whatever you are reading off of and when you look up at the "crowd" look at the back of the classroom just ignore the people, act like you are practicing the speech or act in your bedroom or bathroom. To help with the different surroundings practice your performance in different places. That's what I do at least...Hope it helps ~Hailey
Oh yes... stage fright. It's a wonderful feeling isn't it. I love stage fright... it's like a drug. As far as getting over it... realize that none of these people matter. Not in the slightest. I am assuming your in high school, or possibly college. Stage fright happens because we are afraid of what people think of us. As soon as we stop caring, then it goes away. I always ask myself what the worst case scenario is. (I speak at conventions for the record.) I bomb... okay... Why is that so bad? I've had some pretty rough speeches... I knocked over the podium... turned it into a joke. Did the rest of the speech like I was drunk. I wasn't ever going to see any of those people again, why do I care if they think I'm an idiot?
Even if you are going to see them again, one day you won't have to. And then they will be more likely to remember you if you just be yourself.
It is scary to stand in front of a large group of people, especially if you are not used to doing it. I was horribly shy as a child and was terrified of going on stage to perform, but my parents cured me of that over time. To get me over stage fright, they first had me perform in front of family members only, then later in front of friends at dinner parties and then after that in front of a small audience.
People assume everyone should just be able to stand in front of a crowd and have the self confidence most people have, but some of use take a little more time to gain this confidence. You can do it too, just take it slow and start out with family and friends first and work your way up to larger audiences. Good luck.