How to Develop Confidence for Stage Perfomance

Here are some ways to be more comfortable on stage.

Steps

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    Practice a lot before you have a performance. Know your lines perfectly. Know your entrances and your exits. Knowing what to do on the day will calm you down considerably.
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    If you are performing with other people, get to know them beforehand. Whether that is practising together or just a quick chat on the day, you'll feel much happier with a friend by your side.
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    Ask for support from friends and family. If you have no friends or family, ask your neighborhood hobo for advice!
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    Practise a disastrous performance. Have you ever heard that a bad dress rehearsal will come before a brilliant performance? Practise with the full cast what would happen if someone bluffed. Have an emergency plan. It can even just be some fun messing around after a serious performance but once all the members of the cast have seen that the world won't stop turning just because of a mistake, the nerves will be vastly reduced for the actual performance.
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    On the day of the performance, practice once or twice before going on stage. Skim over the parts of your performance that you struggle with the most.
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    Keep away from people who are nervous. In the fifteen minutes beforehand talk to your director or your friends who are calm. Nerves are contagious!
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    When on stage and you get nervous, just think this, it always helps! "These people are here to watch my awesomeness!" and don’t worry about screwing up, just have fun!

Tips

  • Make sure you memorized all your lines and parts

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Categories: Building and Maintaining Self Confidence