Episode 74: Give Fear the Middle Finger

Fear sucks the life out of you. Performers CANNOT thrive when fear is looming over us.

How can you stomp out fear?

First you need to recognize what type of fear you're facing. In this episode we cover the 3 most common types of fear that performers may face during their career. Attention, Judgement, and Success. When a performer is afraid of attention it is often called stage fright. Getting in front of people can be very scary for some people. The key here is getting your confidence up. When someone is afraid of judgement, they are held back because of what they THINK other people are thinking. Honestly - it doesn't matter what people think. Get on stage and do your thing. You audience will find you. The biggest fear for any one, performer or not, is the fear of success. Its natural for human being to keep to their comfort zone. But we cannot find success in our comfort zone. We have to take on new risks, face disappointments, put in more hard work, and live the dream we see for ourselves.

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Episode 73: How to Promote Your Show

Once you have the gig, how do you get people there?

It is a common misconception that the venue is responsible for providing the audience. While in some cases they may, like at restaurants, but most of the time you will need to do some promoting yourself.

The best way?

Like everything else in life, social media ranks highest for successful promoting and there are SO many different ways to promote yourself, before, during and after a gig. Something simple like creating an event and actively posting in it. Each time you are booked you have an opportunity to show the venue that you are a good investment. People that come for you spend money at the venue...the more people the go, the more money is spent, the better of an investment you are and the more likely it is they have you back.

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Episode 72: How to Promote Yourself

Maintaining contact with your audience is crucial for performers. People want to stay connected to you.

Self-promotion means you are consistently promoting what you are doing. From preparing for a show, to learning new moves, your audience wants an inside look. How do you accomplish that? Social Media. You don’t need to hire anyone and you don’t have to be some big-shot know-it-all social media buff. You need a facebook page, instagram, and twitter all set up specifically for you stage persona. After that you just need a few hours a week, a couple apps on your phone, and VIOLA! Self-promotion. So what are these fancy apps? Simple and easy is what I call them.

  1. Buffer - Helps manage and schedule your posts.
  2. Video Editior - Any video editor will allow you to trim videos shot from your phone.
  3. Canva - Easy-to-use graphics website

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Episode 71: Things Will Go Wrong

It’s inevitable. If something can go wrong it will.

Performing on stage creates opportunity for things to go wrong. Whether you forgot a piece of your outfit, someone got hurt, the DJ did not cue the music correctly, maybe even a forgot or broken piece of equipment. Before you focus on that negative situation, stop! Assess the issue and move on to how you can fix it or work-around it. Sometimes a quick trip to the store can resolve the issue. Often times you may not get exactly what your original plan was but once you let those creative juices flow, you will be able to put something comparable together. After all the main purpose of performing is sharing your talent and connecting to your audience.

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Episode 70: Visualize Yourself on Stage

Every time you get on stage try to imagine what you want to audience to see. Then create that show and have confidence in what you created.

Every performer has a vision before getting on stage. If not, get one. Take a moment to relax, close your eyes and visualize yourself on stage, what you are doing, where you are standing, your facial expressions. Think about the experience you want to give the audience. Once you have your vision, start creating it as you prepare for the performance. Rehearse the vision, not just the talent. Your talent is there, your vision is what will make your talent a performance. Sometimes we get on stage unsure of ourselves and unsure of the outcome of the performance.Trust your vision

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Episode 69: Use Your Eyes

Your audience craves your attention. No matter how good you are you have to show your audience the attention they deserve.

Making eye contact is the absolute best way to show your audience that you are their for them. People go to live performances for an experience. Something as simple as looking at someone can give them the experience they are after. You can communicate every emotion through just your eyes. This can be a double-edged sword. On one side you can make people feel energized and engaged; on the other you can make them nervous for you. You have to take command and show your audience what to feel. Show the emotion, share the joy, sadness, pain, wonderment. Your audience will follow your lead as long as you show them with eye contact. Think about those glances between parents or best friends. You know exactly what the other is saying just by a look. This has to be you on stage. You can tell your audience what to think, feel, and how to react just through eye contact.

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