Overcoming standup stage fright
Making people laugh sounds like fun. Every Comedian would want to be funny during a show rather than afterward. However, starting as a rookie can be a big challenge in terms of stage fright.
Speaking to a group of people randomly is a different experience compared to when you must address a large crowd. A quiet multitude can be very deadly to addresses when you have stage fright as a stand-up. Making them laugh is another level to be attained asides from just speaking ordinarily.
Most people have confessed that stage fright does seem to drain them. Wobbly legs aren't just experienced by animated characters. The urge to pee, sometimes poo. Recalling stage fright experiences can be extremely hilarious; it won’t be funny while you're at it.
What is the cause of stage fright?
While stage fright comes commonly from being new to going up on the stage. It could be from self-induced reasons like lack of preparation, looking down on yourself and bringing your confidence level down in the process.
Some people are never able to overcome the nervousness that comes with stage fright, but they cope with it. That is not bad at all. That level of nervousness that you can cope with doesn't pose any problems.
Could there be something wrong with me?
Most likely, far from it, because many stand-up comedians must have had stage fright when they first started their careers. However, there are some practices that could help with getting over stage fright or suppressing it to a level you can cope with.
There are few practices that help to get your confidence to the right level so that you can overcome fright as a stand-up. Being prepared is one key step towards confidence. You should be sure of what you are going up the stage to say. Most times when you are sure if what you want to pass across to your audience, stage fright seizes to be a big deal. If comes to preparing your jokes before a show, then you should. It doesn't make you any less funny at the end of the day
Lateness can also contribute to a massive drop in confidence levels. Lateness often doesn't let you own it. Early arrival can make you establish a sort of presence and familiarity with the venue that allows you to overcome any fear that might arise when you get on stage.
Persistence has to do with continuing to get on the stage no matter how many times the fright of the stage occurs. It is just as the saying goes that practice makes perfect. This is like a next step after being prepared, it is like being prepared so many times that stepping on stage seems like something you were especially born to do.
Don't judge yourself already, judging yourself too soon can cause you to drop your guard against stage fright. You'll start to doubt yourself and get scared about messing up. Following these ideas, you should be having a great time on stage soon and maybe won't even want to step down ever. Cheers!