Something every performer faces is stage fright. I am not fond of that term. It denotes negativity… crap I suddenly sound like I am actually trying to sound PC.
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I am fearless. I do not back down because I am scared. If it scares me I face it head on until I am not scared any more. I take that emotion of fear and anxiety about a thing, I crumple it up in an imaginary ball and I throw it away. I shout at it “You have no power over me!”
I have been a performer since I was a small child, and the only time I fell victim to stage fright was in 7th grade at the annual talent contest. I was the co MC, the new kid, and the weirdo. (UUUUHG! 7th grade sucked!). As soon as the first words came out of my mouth, I was able to settle right into what needed to be done.
After that I did not dread going on stage or performing. I decided to make it feel good. To not go to that negative place of “What if they hate me?” I got to the point of “Who cares! They are never going to forget me!”
As I matured… *snicker snort* I came to look forward to this feeling. I correlate it to a first kiss from a new lover. Something that is intense, scary, sweet, lovely and a myriad of descriptive words of joy.
Now, when my troupe members are feeling stage fright, I will tell them to put it in a good place, not a bad place, then I take a moment to enjoy it through them.