♣ The Authentic Voice ♣
Performance Anxiety Coaching with Anna Beaumont
I become quite anxious before I perform is this normal?
A little bit of anxiety and excitement is normal and expected before you perform and put yourself ‘out there’, however when the anxiety feels like it might take away from your performance then it can become a problem. Do you always become anxious? Or is it just now and then?
Is there a way to break this anxiety and calm down? Or to use the energy in my performance?
Yes there are many ways to support yourself before you step out onto the stage. Some people use positive messages and there are many grounding techniques that can help. I like to validate my experience instead of thinking so called ‘positively’, to really name what is happening for me and not denying the experience.
If you are able to really use your energy and channel it into your performance then you are already out of the gate and doing well. A lot of people will freeze and feel overwhelmed as they enter the stage, and even think about performing! This requires a whole different kind of validation and uncovering to see what is really going on back stage, so to speak.
Can you help me to understand what is really going on ‘backstage’ so I can perform at my best?
Yes I can, and it’s different for everyone. Some people take longer than others to really be able to ‘face’ their audience and ‘hold their own’. That’s okay, this is a process of developing a sense of compassion and understanding for what is really going on inside of you.
Strength and Vulnerability….
Being a performer and ‘holding your own’ takes developing your core Self and finding a sense of stability and inner self-worth (aka confidence). Vulnerability is important for a performer to have access to for the emotion to be present in the song, however when vulnerability is the only state present then it becomes unsafe for the performer and anxiety can creep in.
I like to think that vulnerability and strength are partners on a teeter totter for the performer to move back and forth between.
I work with people to find their authentic core and self-worth by first of all finding out what the ‘story’ is that is being told and where it came from. Then to begin to reinstate the body’s energy to be in support of the singer or performer and not agains it.
Building a strong awareness of what is really happening ‘backstage’ and the ‘voices’ that are crippling you.
Voice and body exercises to increase the available charge of energy.
Practicing grounding and presence techniques.
Building a tolerance for excitement and aliveness in your body and your life.
(A poem for artists who face the spotlight) by Anna
Don’t be afraid of what you seeWhat you are looking atWhere you are lookingWhy you are lookingAnd what looks back at youLet it inAnd let it colour in the inside spaceof YouSoften to the safetySoften to the loveLift your eyesSoften to the safety of meOf you, of this meeting, hereNowLook straight ahead, not behind, not back, not before, nor aboveLook straight into the safetyInto it’s gazeHead onAnd softenFinally, soften for rest, soften for nothing, soften for loveAnd let go…
Please feel free to call or email me. It’s important to know that there is help and that you are not alone in this. Performance anxiety can be so crippling to your art and doing what you love to do. Inquire within for fees on coaching.
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