No-one enjoys feeling nervous. Or... do they? Some studies show that feeling nervous before an audition can actually make you perform better.
But let’s be honest. Most of us are more likely to trip over our own feet in a state of sweaty second-guessing than to perform like a rock star.
And that’s why we’ve created this list of handy tips:
1. Be prepared.
This is the most obvious way to minimise nerves. If you know you’ve done everything you can beforehand to set yourself up for success, you’ll feel less nervous than if you’ve done the bare minimum.
2. Get moving.
Of course, being prepared doesn’t automatically eliminate nerves. But getting exercise can certainly reduce them. Go for a run, a walk, a swim – anything that gets your body moving. Nervous energy dissipates, and your mind feels clearer.
3. Think positively.
You can’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. Visualise the audition and imagine everything going right. (You nail it, you impress everyone, you impress yourself, and you feel great afterwards.) Then tell yourself that this is what will happen, if you let it.
4. Write it down.
Opposite to the last point, write down a list of the things you’re most worried about. (Arriving late, freaking out, forgetting everything.) Then read them aloud, and pretend they’re issues that a friend is worried about. Talk about each one, giving your ‘friend’ advice relating to each issue and pointing out why these things won’t happen. (And even if they did, explain why it’s not the end of the world.) It’ll help to put things into perspective.
It’s simple, but it’s quite remarkable how slow, deep breathing can have a calming effect on your body – perfect for right before an audition: go somewhere private, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Count your breaths. Even just 10 slow inhales and exhales can work wonders. (Seriously, next time, try it.)
6. You’re not alone.
The fact is, everyone gets nervous. Even the people in charge – the ones judging you or assessing your performance – know what it’s like to feel nervous. Remind yourself that it’s natural to feel jittery, and don’t be too hard on yourself. At the end of the day, you can only do your best. And that’s okay.
Thinking about auditioning for AIM? Go for it – what have you got to lose?
Auditions are free, and even if you’re not initially successful, we’ll provide you with valuable feedback and advice on how to streamline your performance for next time.
Good luck! (Remember – just breathe.)
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