If you suffer from performance anxiety or stage fright you are not alone. In fact Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Meryl Streep have all admitted that at one time or another they experienced stage fright. So you are in good company!
The symptons of stage fright may include :
- Racing pulse and rapid breathing
- Dry mouth and tight throat
- Trembling hands, knees, lips and voice
- Sweaty and cold hands
- Nausea and an uneasy feeling in your stomach
- Vision changes
There are many causes of stage fright but the most common is that the individual lacks self-confidence, although they may be unaware of this.
Stage fright is very treatable. Hypnosis and relaxation techniques work very well. Also, the individual needs to make sure they are breathing correctly - as all performers will know - from the diaphragm. This doesn't always, as I know myself, come naturally, and you will probably need to keep pratcising it. You might think you already know everything there is to know about breathing, and if you are a professional singer you probably do. Everybody else, however, be sure to take a look at the breathing techniques. I have experienced stage fright myself and managed to overcome it - I can help you to overcome it too.
Please contact me - I always give discounts to performing arts students.