Stage Fright

by Яhea Mehta on September, 2011

in Lifestyle

Stage Fright

“I woke up feeling the wetness of my face. Someone had been sprinkling water on me. My eyes flew open only to be blinded by the bright light falling on my face. I could see some blurred figures moving around, more like hovering over me.

And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I almost passed out again recalling what exactly had happened. Was it a dream? No, definitely not. Why would everyone be panicking then? Only conclusion: I screwed up. AGAIN!

I discovered my so called ‘Stage-Fright’ when I was 4. Not so surprisingly,it was simply embarrassing back then too. Especially when you’re standing in front of a mic and u open your mouth to speak, but instead all the comes out is this weird muffled up choke that just gets magnified to a scary gag. And yeah, the 30 rows of audience staring up at you doesn’t help much,either.

Obviously, this problem of mine grew worse as I got older. And like every other kid I got all sorts of whacko advice and tips to get over it. And like every other suggestion, it just didn’t work. Well, most of the time I ran off stage, or just spaced out right there. And a few really bad times I even managed to pass out.

Gradually, the whole ‘stage fright’ thing transformed to ‘speed talking’. I managed to finish every performance with an uncertain applause. Yeah, no one understood a word that I said. Which is actually an equally messed up situation.

And eventually, believe it or not, I got over it. No kidding. I’m done with stage fright once and for all.”

So, you know when you have Stage Fright when you feel afraid of verbal communication with a big group of people.

Panic attacks, nausea, fidgeting, stammering, giggling, speed talking, dry mouth, and temper tantrums while talking on stage is what you call ‘Stage Fright’.

And you can get over it.

You could try the trad-methods of “channeling your nervous energy to positive energy”.

But sometimes, just simple Extra Practice does the trick. All you’ve got to do is rehearse your stuff to the limit where it becomes second nature to you.

And don’t compare yourself with anyone. Just stick to what you are doing and set high goals for yourself. If possible, pick a part which you can imagine yourself playing. Relate to the character you are going to portray.

Rehearsing both mentally and physically will help you to know and understand your own talent. This is important as you need to know that you are capable of performing the task at hand. Practice to gain confidence in your own abilities and try to do this is as close to the real circumstances under which you will perform. This will help to “desensitize” you to the experience.

And remember, Do Not think that you are alone in this. All performers have experienced some degree of anxiety.

Break a Leg!! :D

Photo Credits: comedy_nose, on Flickr.

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