How to behave on stage
Today I will touch on a topic that excites all artists without exception – the fear of the scene. Everyone, absolutely every musician or artist – even professional and active in concert – is worried before going on stage. This is a completely natural phenomenon – all people are subject to emotions to one degree or another. The question is how to cope with these emotions and how to direct them in the right direction. How not to let you overwhelm and not allow growth in fear, panic?
Everyone knows that experience comes with the practice of performances, and many people resort to tricks, tricks, and proven tricks over the years that save them at a difficult moment. Undoubtedly, a certain amount of artistry and dexterity is necessary to look at the scene at ease and relaxed, but this is such a business, and if you feel that it is too difficult – just do not handle it. For those who are confident in success, there are no barriers.
Imagine the following picture – you are standing in front of the stage and five minutes later your exit. There are a lot of people in the hall and everyone will be staring at you for at least the first two songs. What emotions are tearing you apart at that moment? Many just need to imagine a picture of how the blood begins to boil from an adrenaline rush. It aches in the chest, in the legs there is a feeling of weakness, and in the throat everything dries up so that it is difficult to even speak, not to mention singing. Is that familiar? Further worse. At the time of your exit there is a panic. You hardly rearrange your legs, begin to feel nauseous, a guitar (well or a tambourine) almost falls out of your hands, you don’t see anything and stumble over a drum kit or a microphone cord, you fall. The audience, of course, begins to laugh, and you run away in shame to hang yourself in the nearest toilet. 🙂 Well, this is me, just kidding, of course.
Most often, everything ends with a banal standing “like a pillar”, clutching a microphone to the whiteness in knuckles and mooing something unintelligible in tonality, which Beethoven himself will be difficult to determine.
As a person who has gone through something like this, I will say this – the feeling is not pleasant. Now, looking back, I understand how much has been done to get rid of stage fear. At the same time, I completely failed and will never succeed … and thank God! Why?
The fact is that the excitement that we experience before leaving is a manifestation of energy that overwhelms us. It is necessary to direct it in the right direction, and you are on a horse, it is worth yielding to it and letting everything drift – and you are in trouble. Only when I understood this, and real progress began, which I, by the way, wish you, too.
Now I am still worried about speaking, but this fear allows me to use an adrenaline rush to do things that I am not capable of in a normal, calm state. Now, for example, in order to make a high-quality recording at home, I have to swing myself emotionally, imagine that I am in a speech to get the necessary impetus.
Three things necessary for a successful performance
The first and most important component of a successful performance is a good contact with the public.
If you are scared that they will look and listen to you, or that you will be evaluated and criticized, then you will certainly look unnatural and awkward, the audience will turn your back on you, which means that you are simply not ready to leave.
You have to be scared by completely different things, namely by the fact that you will do something that will set the audience against you. By the way, this will happen if she feels your negative mood or fear.
Imagine that before you is the youngest group of the kindergarten, and you are Santa Claus, whom they look at with adoration and enthusiasm. What would the kids feel if Santa Claus mumbled under his nose, shifted from one foot to another and constantly dropped a bag of gifts from his hands, stepping the snow maiden on the hem? They would be disappointed in their idol and lose all respect for him! But it’s worth Santa Claus to say “I have something for you”, fun to wink at the children, and he is their god for the whole evening.
It is this attitude that will provide you with the necessary returns. You should feel the contact with the audience, the warm atmosphere of a friendly company (and here .. attention! Pubaaaaam!) With at least a few people from the whole crowd. That is, it is a necessary and sufficient condition, expressed in the language of mathematics.
How to establish contact with the public
Choose through the eyes of several people from the crowd, let it be your friends or people that you thought were pretty and sing for them. May this presentation be dedicated to them. Find a person who is looking at you, and smile at him, or just nod, in general – make contact. As soon as you do this, you will feel a certain upsurge – after all, you are no longer alone on this stage, with you they are those with whom you are in contact. Sing, looking into the eyes of individuals, look a little higher than the heads of the audience, nod to the crowd, let everyone think that this was done for him.