Stage fright and performance anxiety

How To Overcome Stage Fright

Is a big concern for many performers, they have to deal with stage fright and are afraid to sing whenever they go on. So you MUST understand; you are NOT alone. Often people have performance anxiety an are terrified to get up and perform in front of others.

What is stage fright?

Stage fright is the entire collection of stories you tell yourself in your brain, whether it be 1 or 1, 000 – that culminate into ONE final thought; “What I’m about to do is dangerous.”

Those stories in your brain can be many variations of things like this:

  • I am not confident with my voice
  • What if I blow chunks and people make fun of me?
  • What if I forget the lyrics?
  • What if I can’t hit that high note section in that song?
  • What if my voice cracks or I sound terrible?
  • What if they hate me and want to boo me off the stage?
  • What if I make a fool of myself?
  • What if nobody shows up?

I could list many more reasons for stage fright but it is extremely 
important to understand that phobias are IN OUR MINDS. Some people
 are afraid of heights, others are afraid of drowning and so on. Though
 there may be good reason to be afraid of jumping out of an airplane, 
performing in front of people is not dangerous.

How does stage fright manifest itself?

What actually “happens” to you when you experience stage fright is different for everyone. With your fear of performing, you may experience things like this:

  • Sweaty palms
  • Dry mouth
  • Unable to speak
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tingling sensation in various parts of your body
  • Stomach ache
  • The shakes
  • Brain race – your brain is processing too much information
  • Feelings of nausea and wanting to throw up
  • Overwhelming desire to sleep


The first thing we can do to overcome stage fright is start with something easy. And to be prepared to the point where you are so “ready” you don’t have to “think about it” with an easy song. OVER prepare for what you are actually doing, so when it comes time, it will be UNDER your capabilities. For example; if your goal is to sing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in front of the American Idol judges, start by practicing nursery rhymes or party songs. Sing those with all the range that you have and stretch yourself so sing them BEYOND the range necessary to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Then move on to mid level material. After a while, you WILL get to a point where you are over prepared and will be able to sing with confidence.


Repeat your song over and over, embedding it so deep in your mind that it becomes
 second nature. Repeat your song while multi-tasking other things, like
 shopping or doing math.


Increasing your exposure is vital to overcoming stage fright. Ask friends and family if you can sing for them, even if it drives them crazy. Let them know that practicing in front of them will help you.

Then take it to the next level, go to a 
Karaoke Bar or Open Mic Night, or sing a solo at your church, a 
campfire or street promenade. Performing as much as possible in a
 relatively safe environment where it doesn’t matter that much is an 
excellent way to build confidence.

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by Saucy_Vixen

"Social anxiety is an experience of fear, apprehension or worry regarding social situations and being evaluated by others. People vary in how often they experience anxiety in this way or in which kinds of situations. Anxiety about public speaking, performance, or interviews is common. Social anxiety can be related to shyness. The experience is commonly described as having physiological components (e.g. sweating, blushing), cognitive/perceptual components (e.g. belief that one may be judged negatively; looking for signs of disapproval) and behavioral components (e.g. avoiding a situation)."

Seriously need help for social anxiety

by Helpforshyness

Can anyone recommend any performance type classes or classes that can help with shyness/social anxiety. I'm 25 years old and lately have been getting so anxious every time I meet new people and have to hold a conversation with them. I just feel like I'm so retarded and have nothing interesting or smart to say. I get tongue tied and flustered and can't seem to put sentences together. I really want to get promoted at work but this is seriously holding me back. I need real help, more than just people saying to act confident, etc. Has anyone tried medications for this like Lexapro or the other SSR

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