One of the most common problems I come across with my clients is what they perceive as being a lack of confidence in themselves when it comes to singing in front of an audience. The level of experience doesn’t necessarily make a difference to how nerve wracking the majority of performers find this. Also talent doesn’t seem to play a big role in elevating confidence when it comes to actually getting out there in front of people. Now the first thing I tell my clients to accept the fact that they will most likely always experience some form of discomfort when it comes to performing. I think it’s quite natural to feel this way and you can relieve a lot of pressure immediately by accepting that some degree of trepidation is to be expected so don’t expect to NOT feel this way and use the nervous energy to fuel you a little. Even the most talented and experienced performers get stage fright!
Secondly I tell my clients to try to avoid thinking of themselves as ‘shy’ or ‘lacking confidence. I hear these disclaimers constantly and you really do yourself a disservice by thinking of yourself in these terms and more importantly, announcing it to the world! No one will ever suspect you lack confidence unless you announce it to the world. In fact an audience will always give you the benefit of the doubt so hold your head up, take a deep relaxing breath, smile and walk out!