A large percentage of musicians experience stage fright, before or during almost every performance. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
If you can use the nervous energy to get that extra “edge” to your performance, it can be a good thing.
In fact, a certain amount of anxiety may be necessary for you to get into “the zone” where everything just clicks for you and your performance. Without that extra kick, your performance may just be flat and uninspired.
If, on the other hand, stage fright overwhelms you and causes you to freeze up, it can be devastating for your performance.Read more: Stage Fright and Musicians
By Linda Dessau
Performance anxiety is not something that only happens to musicians, singers, actors and dancers. It happens any time we feel pressure to “perform” in a specific situation or over a period of time. Writing a book or creating a painting or sculpture may evoke symptoms as well.
Symptoms of performance anxiety include “butterflies” in the stomach, quickened heart rate or more severe symptoms such as hyperventilation, dizziness or intense fear.
The 5 main reasons for performance anxiety are:
1. We’re not present in the moment, inside our body.Read more: What’s So Scary About Performing For A Live Audience?