Whether you are a seasoned performer or just taking to the stage for the first time, there is a good chance that you will experience stage fright to some extent. Sharing your words, music, passion and ideas with people that you don’t know can be nerve wracking, even if you have done it a hundred times before.
Fortunately, there are some methods that you can you to battle stage fright and at least minimize its effects. Being extra prepared really helps, as most people struggle to remember their words or music when they get onto the stage. However, people who have practiced over and over again are likely to find that things run like clockwork, even though they are nervous.
Another trick is to remember that everyone gets nervous when they take to the stage, even the most experienced performers. Getting stage fright is nothing unusual and the feeling of anxiety or nervousness will soon melt away as soon as you start performing and get into the flow of things. When people perform, especial during open mic nights, the audience really wants the performer to do well and is always encouraging.
Last but not least, remember to have fun. It is important to bear in mind that most people decide to do open mic because they think it will be a fun and exciting experience. When you start to feel nervous, remember why you decided to do open mic in the first place. The feeling of stage fright will quickly pass, so it is worth pushing through it and taking to the stage anyway. People who managed to conquer their fear and join in an open mic performance are sure to be left with a feeling of achievement and pride that will last with them for a long time to come.