First stage performance:
What if I forgot my lines? What if I could not stir emotions with my first stage performance in the audience? What if I could not bring accurate expressions for the situation? What if I under performed in every aspect? How will the audience react to my performance or will they react at all? What if people do not like my performance? These are some of the questions that you might think before your first stage time performance. Being a first time performer can give you nightmares before your big day. You already know that there will be live audience and any mistake on your part could ruin the whole thing. But if you want to remove inhibitions from your mind before your performance then you need to understand that only you can help yourself. This is an art and if one gets a taste of it then that person will become addicted to it.
How to prepare yourself for first stage performance:
The first and foremost thing is to learn all your dialogues before your performance. For this you will have to practice a lot. In case, if you are a singer or a debater learn to engage your audience and keep in mind smart techniques that you will apply when you will fumble. Don’t be afraid of practicing as every stage performer does that before their performance regardless of being old or new in the business. You can practice in front of your friends, co-workers, mirror or anything that you find yourself comfortable in.
Once you have learned all your dialogues start delivering them with expressions that you would like to add. You have to remember that you cannot and should not try to give too much expression while giving your first stage performance. Too much of your expression in any kind of performance will hamper your performance instead of helping you. Try to be natural, confident and charismatic.
If you are experiencing a dilemma of stage fright, do not assume that you are the only one how is experiencing this. Performing on stage is an intrinsic, draining and challenging job whether you are an actor, singer, musician, student, lecturer or any other profession. But once you are on stage you are in the driving seat and you can lead your audience where ever you want to. If your audiences bond with you, stage performance can be an invigorating experience as you are already aware that it can kindle interest and cultivate the kind of connection that cannot be experienced anywhere else.
Once you are on stage just remember that it is you who knows everything and you are here to share it with your audience. You must have seen quite a number of stage performances where stage performers made their audience cry, laugh, enthusiastic, somber or stimulating any other response by playing on human psyche. You should understand that your audience is your mirror if you will cry they will follow, if you will laugh they will do the same; if you will act in a funny manner your audience will make fun of you. Therefore it is the stage performer that is in charge of the whole situation rather than the audience. No matter how confused or afraid you are if you can conceal it nicely then your audience will never know what is going on in your mind and heart. This can be easily done by focusing on your performance and thinking that whatever you are sharing with your audience is of extreme value and therefore should be given importance by the audience after all no stage performer wants his efforts to be wasted.