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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 16:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmmm... the same happens to me, except I actually do feel nervous and have blanks...! I also begin to talk very fast.

Anywho, I feel that visualizing the physical aspects of acting help me slightly relax.. I read it on www.jackplotnick.com
I thought his site really helped with acting, but the relaxing was personal. And I think the "take a deep breath thing" is total crap. Never works- ever!


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 17:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

I have decided to ask this question here on QZ because I know there are people who have their own bands and such. It was here or a visual art place...

So... I never really get nervous before going on stage for a play or choir or even all by myself. People are around me are talking about getting "butterflies" - but I don't.

BUT... When I went to sing my tiny solo part in our choir concert, my legs started to shake. I didn't feel nervous, but it seems like my legs were anyway. Or could it be having stood in "high-heels" for twenty minutes when I don't usually do this ?

I once started shaking when reading a monologue in front of my drama class (not a lot) - and there were no shoes involved.

I'm wondering... why is this happening ? I mean - I don't FEEL nervous - my head is "clear" or at least focused or something. I still sing or speak normally.

So... ... I was wondering if anyone had any advice on what to do to "relax" or something. Or if anyone else has felt like this.

Because there's a talent show coming up and I want to audition - but I can't figure out why I start shaking. I mean, for heaven's sake, I was in ballet as a kid and in front of much larger audiences. :P

And advice would be really, really, appreciated !

And if you're just going to flame me, go ahead - but please use a condom - because you just don't know where I've been, now do you ?



Hiya,

I do stand up comedy and it can get very nervous obviously, i suppose the shaking part will just come down to the individual and how they controll the nervs. Its not unusuall to have the trembles, i see many people go and stage and get them. After a while you may nern to relax a bit more and it will faid away with out loosing your stage energy. And what i have learnt is try controll that nervousness and push it in to excitement and you may notice a difference as well.

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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 18:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I get stage fright all the time. I hate it. I either laugh and forget my lines, or, make up some random shit to cover up the fact that I fucked up big time.

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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 19:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="#FF00FF">its_a_hard_life wrote:

forget my lines, or, make up some random shit to cover up the fact that I fucked up big time.

That's me right there!


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 19:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I hate getting stage fright, whether it's in a classroom or in front of an audience! I blush a lot, and shake and all that. Mostly because I'm afraid of getting made fun of or something.

When I read Stage Fright, I thought of that short clay-mation film by Steve Box, the guy who does all that Wallace & Gromit stuff.


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 20:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I had serious problems with stage fright for a long time. Last year my teacher announced that we were going to do projects and present them to the class and I freaked out and had to leave the room because I started to cry. I thought I was going to be sick. I couldn't sleep at night, even though we weren't doing the presentations for 2 months.
Then when it came time to do the presentation, I started to shake really bad. Not just like trembling, I was like violently shaking. I was so nervous. No one could understand what I was saying. My heart was racing, I actually thought I was going to have a heart attack and die.
I know it's ridiculous to get that worked up about such a little thing but it was my worst fear. I honestly would rather have eaten I live spider than present something to a bunch of people.
It was really awful. So my mom called a hypnotist.
I went to the hypnotist and now I am cured. I still get nervous and shake a little when presenting but at least now I don't act like a crazy person every time I have to get in front of people.



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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 20:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

from what i've heard it happens to alot of the greatist (it happens to me) Brian, Tenacious D..etc. whenever i see an interview with any performer thay say it happens but you get such a rush you just want to do it!


i get it and i know i should just relax but it's a hard thing to do especallay in chior becuse you can't move let the enegry out or react with the audionce


freddie didn't only move becuse it put on a good show and he was compulsive it also makes you feel very powerful on stage!

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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 20:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

from what i've heard it happens to alot of the greatist (it happens to me) Brian, Tenacious D..etc. whenever i see an interview with any performer thay say it happens but you get such a rush you just want to do it!


i get it and i know i should just relax but it's a hard thing to do especallay in chior becuse you can't move let the enegry out or react with the audionce


freddie didn't only move becuse it put on a good show and he was compulsive it also makes you feel very powerful on stage!

strangest thing though it didn't start happening till last year sometime (but that's when i started caring what people thought about me...or at least what ladies thought...aw,well whatev)

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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 22:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yes, i do get stage firhgt but only with solos. in choirs im just fine, no problemo. but wheni have a solo (im the singer of a pending band so i must get over this) nerves take over, but only for the first couple minutes, then im just fine. i think its more anticipation and excitment than anything. problem is my voice shakes and im not talking about vibrato either. if i overdo it i crack, otherwise im just a whisper when i start out.

so youre certainly not alone as i can see haha

i was also terrible with talking in front of a crowd. i still am :\.


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 22:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Something that always worked for me back in the days when I was in theatre and showchoir (God, high school was sssoooo long ago!) was to picture yourself. You know, like, take yourself outside of your body and put yourself in the back of the auditorium, so you can watch what you are doing. It helps to create this mental seperation between your brain and your body, and once you get that seperation up the shaking just stops.
I've also heard that deep breathing helps.


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 22:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh yeah, I remember choir. Solos are fun but I don't like getting all stiff. As much as I love performing for a crowd/audience, I still get all nervy! Blegh!


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 22:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

Thank you Anna, Carol, mircal, LadyMercury, and Stephanie and Bryce whose post wasn't there when I wrote this the first time !!

I'm going to talk to my drama teacher tomorrow about all of this and see what she thinks.

Maybe it's because I feel people are expecting so much of me... I think I need to just let it go and enjoy myself. I mean, at the choir concert I had been moved in sections (Alto, Soprano, et cetera) specifically to help my new section stay on pitch. And I was probably more nervous about helping hold up a whole section than I would be if it were me alone (not to mention having to learn all new song parts in only a couple school weeks).

:/

I don't know... I want to at least try out for the talent show - but I want to do good - not be a mess on stage...



I think you just answerd your question, have fun my friend, when you enjoy it, you will have fun, when you have fun, the audience will feel it and thats when the magic happens.

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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 22:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

Thank you Anna, Carol, mircal, LadyMercury, and Stephanie and Bryce whose post wasn't there when I wrote this the first time !!

I'm going to talk to my drama teacher tomorrow about all of this and see what she thinks.

Maybe it's because I feel people are expecting so much of me... I think I need to just let it go and enjoy myself. I mean, at the choir concert I had been moved in sections (Alto, Soprano, et cetera) specifically to help my new section stay on pitch. And I was probably more nervous about helping hold up a whole section than I would be if it were me alone (not to mention having to learn all new song parts in only a couple school weeks).

:/

I don't know... I want to at least try out for the talent show - but I want to do good - not be a mess on stage...


AHA!

If you're just doing it for the audience or for others, you won't concentrate on yourself. It's like when you're reading out loud in class; you focus on getting the words and information out to only your classmates, but not to you. :(

Basically what you said, but in my own text.


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 22:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Stop doing it for the crowd! Like they say in the book, When the Legends Die!

Har.


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Posted: 20 Dec 06, 11:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Strange, I like to think I do it for the crowd when I'm on stage.


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Posted: 20 Dec 06, 16:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

<font color=>LadyMercury wrote:

Stop doing it for the crowd! Like they say in the book, When the Legends Die!

Har.


Did that just make me sound like a selfish person ?

...

Oops.

No, no! You NEED to be the selfish actress!


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Posted: 20 Dec 06, 16:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

<font color=>LadyMercury wrote:

Stop doing it for the crowd! Like they say in the book, When the Legends Die!

Har.


That is by far, the most challenging bit of advice on here !

I'll certainly try.

Does it count if I'm doing it because making people laugh or clap makes me happy ? :/

Did that just make me sound like a selfish person ?

...

Oops.



dude.... just think nike,,,, just do it... there are many reason, what works for you wont work for someone else, visa versa, explore it ans see what works for you best

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Posted: 22 Dec 06, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Stage fright is a good thing in my opinion, it is good to get nervous as it builds the adrenaline. I get more nervous playing drums in a gig rather then acting or singing. Best advice i can give is just know you have it and put it into your performance, it gives so much more energy.


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