Just about every performer deals with stage fright at some point. Even seasoned veterans of the stage can get nervous when they get up to perform. This is natural—there’s something very personal about going up and giving any kind of performance, whether it’s stand-up comedy, music or theater.
Your level of preparation doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the level of stage fright you experience. With this in mind, here’s some information from a stand-up comedian in Phoenix, AZ about how you can overcome your stage fright and put on a great show despite your anxiety.
Giving up control
One of the hardest things about being a stand-up comedian (or any kind of performer, really) is that you have no control over how the audience will react to your performance. This can be terrifying in a sense, but it can also be greatly freeing. If you do not have any control over how the audience reacts, then there is no pressure to be perfect on stage. A lot of stage fright comes from performers putting far too much pressure on themselves to be perfect and to have every single joke land exactly as they hope.
Ultimately, the biggest takeaway you should have is that the more control you try to have when you’re on stage, the less you’ll actually feel in control, which will result in a whole lot of stage fright. If you can train yourself to give up control when you’re on stage, you’ll find yourself much more relaxed in the spotlight. If you feel the need to have control over everything while you’re on stage in front of an audience, any little thing that goes “wrong” can send you spiraling out of control and quickly ruin your routine.
Practice is great, but doesn’t make perfect
As we mentioned earlier, your level of preparation doesn’t necessarily make you any more or less nervous on stage. Therefore, you shouldn’t spend extra hours practicing with the hope that it will lead to perfection on stage, or that it will guarantee certain jokes land with your audience. Again, you’re not in control of that.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t practice your routine. Quite the contrary—it’s great to practice and feel prepared for your routine. It helps you develop a flow with your jokes, and improves your timing. It also helps you practice the way in which you deliver your jokes, and what you emphasize in your delivery. But you should never expect your level of practice to be a guarantee that you’re going to get more laughs from an audience.
Part of what you practice should be how you respond to different types of audience reactions. This lessens the need to stick to an exact script, and will allow you to go with the flow more, leading to more natural delivery in your routine.
For more tips about overcoming stage fright as a stand-up comedian in Phoenix, AZ, or to book a comedian for your next event, contact Mike James Comedy, LLC today.
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