Overcoming Stage Fright? You're Not Alone

Posted by Bridget Beirne
August 18, 2014

by Bridget Beirne 

bridget-beirne-1We talk a lot about the idea of overcoming stage fright, and how  there is no need to stress yourself out further in a mad attempt to "conquer it." What's important is that you acknowledge it, channel it into something useful and rehearse your content so you are as prepared as possible. Bring prepared is the best way to ease that sinking feeling of performance anxiety, which may always be creepingly present.

If you suffer from stage fright symptoms, you've surely heard that it is a common fear. (Yes, rumor has it that it rivals the fear of death!) You're definitely not alone. Here are some quotes from other stage fright sufferers. Hearing first-hand from others can go a long way towards feeling better yourself:

In my opinion, the only way to conquer stage fright is to get up on stage and play. Every time you play another show, it gets better and better.- Taylor Swift

I still suffer terribly from stage fright. I get sick with fear. Not every night, but at the beginning and on occasion - not necessarily when I'm expecting it. You just have to cope with it - take it on the chin and work through it, trying to use the adrenalin to perform.- Helen Mirren

I have had a very difficult time with stage fright; it undermines your well-being and peace of mind, and it cancharacter-traits-acting-and-ei also threaten your livelihood.Renee Fleming

If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?- Stevie Nicks

Stage fright is my worst problem.- Andrea Boccelli

I get stage fright and gremlins in my head saying: 'You're going to forget your lines'.Alan Rickman

I have stage fright every single concert I've ever done. I have at least four or five minutes of it. It's absolute living hell. - Brian Wilson

A little bit of stage fright, then I'm ready.- Faith Hill

I've never told anyone this. But I suffer from terrible stage fright. True. You can't tell though, can you? Unbelievable, the panic. I nearly die of fear before I go on stage. Something wicked. I can't eat a thing the day before a gig. It'd make me vomit.- John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten

As for the stage fright, it never goes away. When I'm waiting in the wings to go on, it's agony every single time but I stay focused and I know that once I'm on stage it'll be fine; I'll be in my happy little bubble.- Britt Ekland

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