Does the thought of performing in front of a crowd fill you with dread? If so, you’re probably not alone and many people will probably tell you that their biggest fear is speaking or performing to a group of people! If you’re a musician, the odds are you’ll find yourself put into this position quite often and it can be a true test of your mettle! At The Insurance Emporium, we love live music and want to encourage you to explore your passion for music! Here are our tips on beating stage fright to try and help you put on a great show!
1. Benefits of breathing
This is a tip that you’ve probably heard before but it really could make a huge difference when dealing with stage fright. Taking deep breaths can help to slow your heart rate and generally help to give you a feeling of calm.
2. Not everything’s about you
Ok, so this might be tough love but there is a lot to be said for remembering that the audience have come to see you entertain and deserve a good performance! Besides, they wouldn’t be there if they didn’t believe in your ability!
3. Be prepared!
As a musician, there’s one thing that you can never do too much of and that’s practice! Make sure that you know the songs inside out before hitting the stage, that way muscle memory should take over!
4. Warm yourself up
Getting warmed up can be very important to a musician, whether you’re a singer, guitarist or play any other instrument, getting physically ready could naturally make you feel better and more prepared!
5. Interact with the crowd
Interacting with the audience could be the best way to break down some of those barriers that lead to anxiety on stage. If you show the audience some personality it might make it easier to say “sorry, my bad!” if you do make a mistake!
6. Don’t rely on alcohol!
We’ve all heard those rock ‘n’ roll stories about artists having a few drinks before hitting the stage. As much as that might seem to have worked for them, alcohol dulls your mental and physical abilities. Also, there are better ways to cope!
7. The same applies to caffeine!
In Britain, it might be the go-to reaction when you’re feeling a little nervous but flicking the kettle on could be a mistake! Having a cup of tea or coffee will fill you up with caffeine, a stimulant that will increase your heart rate and potentially make it harder to relax!
8. Have fun!
We know what you’re thinking; having fun up onstage in front of a crowd of people?! Is that even possible?! Remember that if your crowd sees you having fun then they’re be more likely to enjoy themselves!
9. Believe in yourself!
After years of learning to play an instrument, you have every reason to believe in yourself before walking out on stage! On top of that, you’re doing something that many others would never dare to do! That should be enough reason to have some confidence!
Playing music to a crowd could be one of the most amazing adventures in life and a truly magical feeling! Working to beat stage fright could be vital in helping you put on the best show possible for your audience! It might also be worth thinking about some insurance for your musical equipment, helping to cover you if something goes wrong unexpectedly. At The Insurance Emporium, our Music Insurance includes a 25% Introductory Discount* and offers cover for Theft, Loss or Accidental Damage up to 100% of the Sum Insured or Market Value, whichever is less! Before you step out on stage, head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
*25% Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
^ Cover for Theft, Loss or Accidental Damage up to 100% of the Sum Insured or Market Value, depending on which is the lesser amount.
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