Developing A Pre-Show Ritual
Now, I personally think it is really important to develop a pre-show ritual, no matter whether you are new to singing and you’re a beginner or you’re someone who is more intermediate to advanced.
Having a set ritual that settles your nerves before you go on stage each time is a really great way to make sure you are thinking clearly, when you actually get up front of a bunch of people.
It doesn’t matter if you’re singing in front of ten or ten-thousand people, the ritual can be exactly the same.
Me personally, I like to go backstage, a good twenty minutes before I go on for a show and I like to take my time to just take a deep breath, clear my mind and run through all of the things I need to do, while gently warming up my voice if I haven’t already done so and making sure that I feel ready to go to stage.
Now it’s a really important idea to warm-up way before a show, just to make sure that at the last minute, if you don’t have time to do it again, you at least have a baseline to work with.
Get your voice feeling good, but don’t over do it. You don’t want to be tired when you get on the stage.
Once you are feeling good and your mind is clear and you have thought about everything you need to do before you head up on stage, you get out there and let it all go.
All the hard work is already done, you’ve already done all the practice, you’ve already thought about everything you need to think about before.
You get up there and the delivery is the fun part!
You should never be ‘working hard’ on stage, instead, you should feel like you are reaping the benefits of your hard work and effort before that time.
So that’s my recommendation, establish your own pre-show ritual, find things that work well for you and always make sure you have plenty of water handy too.
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