Conquering Your Nerves

Conquering Your Nerves

Hey sweet peas! πŸ™‚

So I’m back from 11 days of the flu, and ready to write! πŸ˜‰

So, pushing two weeks ago, I had my first ever live acting performance. I’ve never done acting live before, so as you can imagine it was fairly daunting leading up to it (in fairness the audience were family and friends of my fellow class members, and my family took up the front row which was adorable!). When you’re up on stage though it doesn’t matter if the audience is 20 or 200, because a) those lights make you blind to everything but the first two rows, & b) when you are in the zone it is just you as your character, and whoever else on stage as their character.

Acting is a hard one to crack, because you have to bare yourself vulnerable, but be in control of your character. For me, I had to get rather cross with a girl I am really good friends with, so at first it was a little hard. But my drama teacher said it is the best she has ever seen me connect with a character so hey I am feeling pretty good about the end product haha πŸ˜€ (I didn’t personally hear this, but my director told me she said that so…) πŸ˜‰

I have a huge amount of respect for anyone willing to get up and perform because it truly is a big feat to accomplish. But my best advice for just getting yourself up on stage is to know that you belong on that stage, and that you have put in the time and effort to be on that stage so you’re going to make the most of it.

Things go wrong, and generally no performance goes without something happening. in my one my fellow actor forget one line, but we had a key word for if that happened so I improvised a line (which perhaps didn’t make sense) but we got out of it unscarred πŸ™‚

Don’t be afraid to show the world what you can do. There were so many times over the week before-hand, and certainly in the hours leading up to it, where I felt tempted to pull the plug. But I refused to let my nerves get the better of me. And I am so glad I got the opportunity to do this, because it truly was so much fun! πŸ™‚

I would love to hear your thoughts about how to get over performance nerves, and times when you have had to conquer your own nerves πŸ™‚

I hope you are all having a great week (and don’t have the flu!!!)

Lui xx

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2 Comments

  1. October 10, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better and that your performance went well!! πŸ™‚ Well done, it is really scary at first.
    I still haven’t figured out how you completely get over performance nerves and I still get them now. My drama teacher always said to use your nerves to make your performance have more energy but not sure I’ve ever managed that completely unless I’m playing someone whos nervous! πŸ™‚ xxx

  2. luimaria
    October 11, 2017 / 4:30 am

    aw thank you! and about the nerves thing – omg yes! I was really lucky because my character was excited at the beginning so it was super easy to turn nervous into excited haha πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ thanks for commenting!! πŸ™‚ x

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