Hey, do you want to try your hand at theatre? Performing in front of a huge audience and living up to their expectations is anything but easy. Most actors have an impending fear of stage fright. Even top performers and actors have experienced stage fright at some point of their lives. Some people tend to throw up before a performance, some go blank when they are actually on the stage, others experience shaking and numbness of the body.
Although fear and nervousness are natural before a performance, you must learn to conquer your stage fright. You just can't go blank on the stage every time. Here are some tips that you can follow to stop particular fear from hounding you:
1.Rehearsing in front of your family and friends helps a lot. You will be freer while performing in front of them. As you practice more, you will automatically become more confident when you face a larger and unknown audience. Practicing in front of the mirror is also useful.
2.Practicing yoga and tai chi can help to restore self-confidence. Avoid getting distracted and focus all your energy towards your work.
3.Try to imagine that the theatre is empty or has very few people as audience. This technique is known as constructing a "fourth wall". This invisible wall is a major help in overcoming stage fright. As you get over the fear, you will be able to break the fourth wall easily.
4.Make a habit of noting down your strengths and weaknesses. Find out the reason of your nervousness on the stage and try to overcome it.
5.On the D-Day, i.e. on the day of the performance, you should take out some time to relax. Go for a walk, read a book, listen to music, or just have a casual chat with a friend. It will help you to lighten up and relax. You can also spend some time in meditation as it will help to soothe your nerves.
6.Connecting with the audience is also important. Try to judge the type of crowd that you are performing for. Never try to flatter them unnecessarily. Even if you are feeling nervous, try to interact with them calmly.
It is natural to feel a sense of nervousness during your very first performance, but you can't let it overshadow your act in the forthcoming ones. Just follow these tips and you are sure to give a knockout performance on your opening night!