We all suffer with our nerves and even top musicians and entertainers aren’t exempt from these feelings, regardless of how confident they appear in public.
As a musician, there’s bound to be days that you feel down and low because of human nature and it’s completely normal, that’s just how our emotions work. You may be anxious about an audition and notice that you’ve got clammy hands and beads of sweat on your forehead just as you’re about to step out onto the stage. Your mind is all over the place and your chest is getting tighter. Oh, and those butterflies in your stomach haven’t stopped flapping around for the last few minutes.
Stop panicking and remember that everything is going to be fine. It is easy to say but way harder to believe. Performance anxiety in music is real and it’s more common than you think; however everyone suffers from different symptoms of it.
You have to find a way to let your nerves not be the ones in control. Try thinking about why you are at that audition or why you’re about to go out on that festival stage in front of thousands of people. They are here to see you so you need to give them the best performance of your entire life.
Practice makes perfect is so cliché but also very relevant. On top of hours of practice, it can be useful to have a pre and post-gig ritual in order for you to get into the right state of mind before and after a show. Preparing yourself for a performance will only help build your courage and resilience and those pre-gig nerves will hopefully come to be a thing of the past.
You’re not going to crash and burn if you’re not thinking about crashing and burning. Evidently, the feelings you’re experiencing won’t go away within the click of a finger but not focusing on distractions or self-doubt maintains your determination and concentration which will help boost your confidence in any situation, so it’s a step in the right direction.