I LOVE acting, and I used to not have to deal with any major stage fright, except with public speaking, which I’ve always struggled with. I usually get pretty nervous right before a performance but as soon as I go on stage and begin the nerves just melt away and I have a blast. Last year I was in my school’s drama class which helped too. However, this year I’m not in a drama class and out of the blue I’ve had horrible stage fright every single time I’ve done any sort of performance. Because of it I completely bombed my last 3 auditions, and today I had to recite a poem in front of my English class for a competition and before my performance I actually had a chance of making it to the 2nd round, but as soon as I got up there the nerves took over and I bombed that too. Not to mention failing many many school presentations. I have always felt more nervous performing in front of smaller crowds but it’s getting ridiculous. After each terrible performance I try to keep positive, take it as a learning experience, and hope the next one will be better, but it”s getting harder to keep trying since all I’m doing is completely humiliating myself and feeling like a disappointment. Do you have any suggestions to help get over stage fright? I NEED HELP!!!
|January 16, 2015 at 17:34|
I completely understand. I’m a junior in chorus and I want to be a music education major, which requires a really great audition, and I have severe stage fright. However, my stage fright one year ago in incomparable to the stage fright I have know, in a good way. Since then, my stage fright has been reduced so much, and how it happened, was through experience. I decided this past year that I would take every opportunity I could to sing solos or duets and get exposure and it has helped a lot. I think for your situation, you should find a way to get back into that class or find some sort of drama club so that you can keep performing more and get more exposure.
|January 18, 2015 at 06:32|
Thanks! The problem is, I am still getting experience. I have auditioned for every single opportunity they’ve had at my school and if anything it’s gotten worse. And there is no chance of getting into a drama class/club this year.
|January 18, 2015 at 11:50|
Well then just keep auditioning and keep working on it. And remember that it’s not about you, it’s about the performance. Not to sound harsh or anything, but that’s what my chorus director tells me when I get really nervous, and it’s true. When you perform, it’s about entertaining your audience and doing the best that you can do. If you start worrying about what others think or about what they will think if you mess up, then you will be so nervous that it will effect your performance. I’m not saying that that’s what you do cause I don’t really know you, but that’s something that can definitely effect a lot of people when they perform.
|January 18, 2015 at 14:53|
Ok thank you! I’ll try to do that. 🙂
|January 18, 2015 at 15:12|
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