How to prepare for a live performance
Preparing for a live performance is difficult when there’s lots going on and you’re trying to keep your nerves in check. If you’re new to the world of live performing and you’re wanting to make sure you’re ready in every way once you step out onto the stage, it’s worth doing some preparations ahead of time.
Below, I’ve outlined all of the things that it’s worth giving some thought to.
There’s no such thing as too much rehearsing. You want the lyrics or dance routines to be second nature. This will help you feel ready to give your best to any audience when you’re on stage.
Work on Your Stage Presence
You can play your music perfectly and deliver a fantastic vocal performance, but you need to have the charisma and energy to match. Your overall performance can be enhanced much further if you’re able to hone a stage presence that really works for you. Confidence and feeling relaxed is key.
Prepare Your Body
You’re going to want to look your best on the day of your performance and that’s something that’s completely understandable. In addition to hair, makeup, and doing cardio to make sure my endurance is up, I also have splurged a bit on one other beauty tip that I love. I’m usually in some sort of leotard number or crazy outfit, and I am OVER shaving my legs! haha So, I decided to lazer it all away. (Best decision EVER! LOL) If you are interested, you could look into hair removal with the help of All The Stuff. This isn’t just about looking good for other people; it’s about feeling confident in yourself before you step out onto the stage as well.
And Then Your Mind
As well as preparing your body, you also need to make sure that you’re in the right frame of mind as well. When your mindset is right, it makes your life so much easier. Work on staying calm and balanced, and try not to let your nervousness get the better of you. If you can keep those things in check, you’ll feel much better about the prospect of getting up on stage and your performance will ultimately benefit as well.
Choose Your Outfit
Next, you should think about what you’re going to wear when you get up on stage. You want to look the part, but you also want to feel comfortable and relaxed at the same time. The outfit you choose should be able to strike the right balance between those two things.
Communicate with the Venue
It’s also a good idea to maintain good communication with the venue where you’re going to be performing. You need to be aware of the equipment available, the schedule, the resources available on the night and the agreement regarding your payment. All those things matter and it makes sense to be clear about what you should expect, as well as what they should expect from you on the night. And get it in WRITING.
Take Backups with You
It’s always a good idea to have a plan B when you’re going to be performing live. The last thing you want is to be doing a live performance only for something to go wrong and you have no backup plan. These backups can take many forms, whether it’s spare strings for a guitar, an extra USB for a DJ, or another outfit if something rips.
That’s it! Most importantly, don’t forget to HAVE FUN!