There is nothing worse for a person on stage than to freeze in front of an audience and let stage fright ruin the entire performance. Everyone, from an amateur to a broadway actor, can experience stage fright. It is when one feels cold feet and shaky, and reaches the point of being still or debilitated at the fear of going on stage.
Experts can diagnose this as performance anxiety, wherein the person can no longer think rationally and instead excessively worries about the act and the reaction of the audience that has yet to even happen yet. Many people can treat this lightly and become insensitive to the person’s feelings. This might cause trauma or permanent fear.
Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we believe that the best way to overcome stage fright is to tackle it straight on, with the support of friends and family. Below are some tips to help you or your friend beat the fear.
Relax. This may seem easy, but you are really not sure of what might happen when stage fright attacks at the moment before the performance. Here is what you can do:
- Breathe slowly and occasionally exhale to release tension. You can watch videos to follow correct breathing methods in soothing stress.
- Eat a banana before your performance can help lower the feeling of queasiness or vomiting you might feel. You can also chew gum, just be careful not to do it too much or it might upset your stomach.
- Stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, and hips. There is no need to resort to yoga or exercise, just move around so you won’t get stiff.
Be careful of the effects of drinks. Try to steer clear from milk during the day of your performance for two reasons: it can clog or make your throat dry; and there is always a risk of upsetting your stomach. Also avoid coffee or any drink high in sugar and coffee because they can increase your anxiety or make you jittery. For energy, instead drink citrus juices because they can also lower blood pressure and even complement your throat. Water also works fine, just not something too cold.
Audience participation greatly helps. It really does. Chat with members of the audience you don’t know so they won’t seem like total strangers. Once you see their faces and hear their voices, you can slowly learn that they are not really out to get you or criticize your singing. They might be just like you who are out to have fun and be with friends.
For additional information on karaoke or about any event that we may be hosting here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.