Getting rid of stage fright

stage fright

For a person, who has performed on stage many times in her life, I often feel nervous before stepping on the stage. Like really nervous, even though I have a background in dancing. The biggest problem for me is talking – even when I have a presentation at college in front of 5 people, I feel more nervous than when I dance in front of a full theater. I think that’s because I’m not used to situations like that and I become really aware of my voice in that moment (which sometimes leads to a shaky voice and too much concentration on the structure of the sentences, which were perfectly fine in the beginning:)). New situations also make me feel nervous. At the beginning of the year, I had my first solo performance in Mademoiselle pole dance studio, and even though the show was opened only for the dancers and almost all of us were performing in groups that night, I hadn’t felt so nervous in a while. But on the other hand, it was something I wanted to do ever since I started pole dancing, and it the end, it didn’t turned out the way I wanted to, but it still turned out good and I got a lot of compliments…so all in all, I was happy I decided to perform and will do more of similar things in the future:).

I decided to write about the stage fright and that nervous feeling because I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot lately. Life doesn’t last forever and there’s so much things I want to experience…so I faced my nervous side with a question: What’s the worse that could happen?

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And here are some tips for everyone, who would maybe like to do something for a while, like perform in a play, publish poetry, sign up for dance class:

  1. There are many relaxing techniques – some might work for you and some won’t, but it’s up to you to try them out. What helps me the most is visualization – I go through the whole thing (a performance, a presentation) in my mind. This way, I repeat some things and also feel more confident. Someone will find the solution in breathing techniques, someone in meditation. To be honest, breathing techniques don’t work for me, not even a bit (:D) but I know many people who relax like that.
  2. Prepare, but know you can’t be prepared for everything. There’s always something that won’t go the way you planned, but nobody’ll notice that you imagined things differently, believe me. Keep a cool face and improvise :).
  3. And the last advice: What’s the worse that could happen? What’ll happen if you forget a few steps, maybe mess up a few sentences? Absolutely nothing. In most cases, people won’t even notice. And nothing in comparison to the great feeling after you stepped out of your comfort zone and faced your nervous side.

Je t’embrasse

Pia

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Kako premagati tremo?

Čeprav sem že velikokrat stopila na oder, me javno nastopanje vedno naredi živčno. Zelo živčno, kljub temu da plešem in nastopam že večji del svojega življenja. Največja težava je govor – bolj sem živčna, če imam predstavitev na faksu pred petimi ljudmi, kot pa če plešem pred polno dvorano. Takšnih stvari nisem preveč vajena in hkrati se takrat preveč zavedam svojega glasu, ki posledično postane tresoč, namesto na vsebino pa preklopim na strukturo stavkov, ki so brez tega čisto ok, potem pa postanejo zmedeni…in jaz samo še bolj živčna :D. Tudi nove situacije nimajo ravno najboljšega vpliva name. V začetku leta me je čakal moj prvi solo nastop v Mademoiselle plesnem studiu, in čeprav je bil odprt le za plesalke in smo vse ta večer nastopale v skupinah, se že dolgo nisem počutila tako živčno. Po drugi strani pa je bil ta nastop tisto, kar sem si želela, že odkar sem se prvič zavrtela okrog droga. Na koncu seveda ni šlo vse, kot sem si zamislila, a še vedno je vse izpadlo dobro, dobila sem kar veliko komplimentov…in ko seštejem vse skupaj, sem vesela, da sem se odločila nastopati, in se bom lotila podobnih stvari tudi v prihodnosti :).

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Torej, odločila sem se pisati o tremi. Zakaj? Ker zadnje čase kukam ven iz ”comfort zone”. Še toliko zadev si želim preizkusiti in zato sem se soočila z vprašanjem: Kaj je najhujše, kar se lahko zgodi. Zbrala sem tudi nekaj nasvetov za vse v podobnih situacijah, ki zbirajo pogum, ki si želijo nastopati v gledališču, objaviti poezijo, se vpisati na kakšen tečaj…

  1. Obstaja cel kup tehnik za sproščanje in najbrž nekatere nate delujejo, druge pa ne. Meni najbolj pomaga vizualizacija – grem čez celotno stvar v mislih, vse ponovim in se zato počutim tudi bolj samozavestno. Nekomu bodo morda koristile dihalne vaje. Meni čisto nič ne pomagajo, a poznam ljudi, ki se s tem popolnoma sprostijo.
  2. Pripravi se, a zapomni si, da se ne moreš pripraviti na vse. Vedno bo nekaj drugače, kot načrtuješ, a zelo verjetno je, da tega nihče ne bo opazil. Samo obdrži miren izraz in improviziraj.
  3. In še zadnji nasvet: Kaj je najslabše, kar se lahko zgodi? Nič! Kaj se bo zgodilo, če pozabiš par korakov, ali pa pomešaš nekaj stavkov? Čisto nič. Ostali sploh ne bodo opazili. Pa še dober občutek po soočenju s svojimi živci je neprecenljiv :).

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