Stage Fright: How to Survive (and Thrive) in the Spotlight!

by OAS Team

‘Outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens.”

Are you an actor who gets stage fright? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Even the most successful and proficient actors experience nerves before a performance or audition. But fear not, my fellow thespians, because I have some tips to help you not only survive, but thrive in the spotlight.
Tip 1: Be Self-Compassionate
First things first, it’s important to remember that stage fright is natural. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you’re about to do something important and exciting. So instead of trying to get rid of it completely, embrace it and channel that energy into your performance.
Tip 2: Warm Up
One way to do this is by warming up before you hit the stage, film set or audition room. This can be as simple as doing some deep breathing exercises or as elaborate as doing a full vocal and physical warm-up. Doing some stretches or physical movement can help get the blood pumping around your whole body which can relieve any body tension and feelings of anxiety you might feel in your stomach or chest . The key is to find something that works for you and make it a part of your pre-performance routine.
Tip 3: Visualise
It can also be usual to take a quick quiet moment to yourself before your performance to visualise yourself killing it. Imagine yourself nailing all your lines, hitting all your marks, and receiving that callback, job booking, award nomination or standing ovation. The power of visualisation is real, my friends, so direct some of that nervous energy towards envisioning the outcome your want.
Tip 4: Mistakes are OK
Remember that it’s okay if you mess up, you don’t have to be perfect, sometimes it’s the mistakes that make for the best, most truthful moments.
If all else fails, just remember that the casting director, directors and/or the audience is on your side. They want you to do well and they’re rooting for you. So, when those nerves start creeping in, just remind yourself that you’re not alone up there and you’ve got a whole room full of people who are excited to see you shine.
Tip 5: Channel your nerves
It is normal for actors and performers to experience stage fright, it means you’re willing to take a risk. The trick is to not let it get the better of you. With a little preparation and a positive attitude, you can tell your nerves to get out and charge that energy into focus and excitement.
Shine like the star you were born to be!