Firstly performing isn't that scary once you have performed a couple of times! However the prospect can seem very daunting.
I remember this fist time I performed, It was a school competition, I was performing with my sister we were not doing it to win the competition, we were both just two girls that loved to sing together and thought lets do it! I was a little nervous before I went to perform on stage, but my sister was more nervous than I was but as she started to sing she was fine. I often find that you can feel nervous before you go on stage but once your music starts and you begin singing you start to relax into the song, back to the story! We did not get through to the semi-finals of the competition, but it did open up a few more doors as the music teacher wanted to see me and my sister the day after the performance and wanted to give us singing lessons which were really valuable to me.
After having a few singing lessons I began taking part in the school choir and the performances they put on and doing more solos which made me more confident.
I then did the school competition one year later as a soloist and the difference people noticed in my voice was incredible, people were saying "it doesn't even sound like you!" this was because I had learned in my singing lessons how to use my voice properly and in an effective way. That year I did reach the semi-final where I performed in front of approximately 300 people which I found quite daunting and for this perform I did feel quite nervous, when it was my time to perform I walked on stage, My music began playing and I still felt quite nervous when I began singing the first part of my song but then I relaxed into it and by the end I had really enjoyed my performance and received very positive feedback.
Here are some tips to help with those pre-performance jitters:
1.Be well prepared and rehearsed, if you know you have put the work in in rehearsal time then you will feel much more confident when performing
2.Make sure your voice is all prepared by warming up correctly to enhance your performance even more!
3.Take deep breaths as this will help you to relax
4.Make sure you have a friendly face to see in the audience if possible so you know you can focus on that person instead of everyone else!
5.If you make a mistake the worst thing you can do is make it obvious, the chances are the audience did not even notice it! so keep calm and carry on singing!