How do you cope with stage performance anxiety?

Jump to Last Post 1-7 of 7 discussions (7 posts)
  1. J. Kumm profile image56
    J. Kummposted 9 years ago

    How do you cope with stage performance anxiety?

  2. profile image45
    jenlcbposted 9 years ago

    Use it. If you've done your job, you should be prepared to perform in your sleep. Channel your adrenaline into performance energy, not fear. Breathe. If you need to focus by yourself backstage, do that. Shake it out. Jump up and down. Breathe. Realize that you're doing the same thing you've done during rehearsals, just with a few more people in the room.

  3. NiketaCalame profile image61
    NiketaCalameposted 9 years ago

    I would suggest getting to the theater earlier than the call time if you can.  Bring your ipod and listen to a calm song that is one of your favorites or your characters favorities do a relaxation exercise.  Lay on your back (if its clear do this right on stage).  Tense and release your muscles one at a time from your toes to your legs to your abs to your arms face.  Do this a couple of times.  Then do this again in your chair or wherever maybe when house opens. 

    You also have to remember its not about you its about the story and the character.  If all else fails use it. Think to yourself "might the character be nervous or have anxiety about an event in the play and see how that can inform your behavior as you play on stage.

    Good Luck,
    Niketa Calame

  4. awsydney profile image57
    awsydneyposted 9 years ago

    One of my music teachers used to tell me to imagine that all the people in the audience are naked! That way, you don't feel as nervous but it didnt work for me! I usually imagine that I am all alone and performing only for myself and there is no one else in the room. Hope this helps.

  5. profile image47
    madjimpposted 9 years ago

    Robert Houdin, the French conjuror and the man from whom the young Eric Weiss gained the inspiration for his stage name,HOUDINI, said:

         "A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician"
          That's what you are,not Joe Blow from Idaho,but Joe Blow the actor, playing the part of...(fill in with what you're performing). I like the expression,"performance art", whatever you are doing on the stage
    is your art.What you do is your work,
    make it good enough to sign your name to.And then  your butterflies become part of the overall picture,like when Eddie, in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"(which see),went through the cave and into ToonLand...
         Notice how,no matter what happened to him,he was now a part of the Toon world and had all the indestructibility of a toon.Even in his fight with the Judge,he still was in toonland,not Eddie Valiant,the detective,but "EDDIE VALIANT,the hero of TOONTOWN",just like SUPERMAN,"able to leap the tallest buildings,bend steel in his bare hands,change the course of mighty rivers..."In other words,Eddie Valiant,
    the actor.
              Hope this helps... Jaime
    and let me know,

  6. Cassandra_Evers profile image50
    Cassandra_Eversposted 9 years ago

    Do a stage performance as often as possible but in lesser time in order to make some adjustment. For your next performance, you can add maybe 5 minutes to it. Soon, you will realize that you dont have any anxiety.

    Also, you should be prepare, stay calm and relax. Be in yourself and always have deep breath.

  7. profile image0
    handsomebluzzyposted 8 years ago

    I suppose my hub on the above topic will help answer your curiosity to cope with stage performance anxiety. Just take a read through … what-to-do


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)