We will explore the ways to deal with anxiety, nerves, the “Jitters” – all those emotions that block our performance and our creativity. We will also talk about what happens when the lights go out – how to deal with the emotional let down of the empty hotel room. Learn the benefits of being vulnerable and how it can connect you to the audience.
“If performing is easy…you are not doing it right!”
Perspective – Preparation – Performance Analysis – Predictability – Paralysis
You need to remember there is always more to the story…more than a blanket statement and more than a quick fix.
This is not a one size fits all. I am not a therapist, a councillor or a guru of psychology – let me tell you why I think I have earned the right to speak to this idea.
I started performing at the age of 11. I have performed over 2,500 shows around the world. I have recorded 8 projects, had a top 40 hit, travelled this country many times from coast to coast, sang in rooms with 2-3 people, sang in front of 40,000 at the Rogers Centre and everything in between. I have done the touring in a bus, to a van pulling my own gear – setting up the system, running the system and selling my own merch – and everything in between…I have been in rooms where I was the celebrity signing autographs as soon as I arrived…and been in the rooms where no one has a clue who I was. I have hosted a TV show – in fact it is the longest running daily talk show in Canadian TV history…i have been on tours that sold out and made millions of dollars, and headlined my own tour in the back of my car.
All my CD’s have gone…aluminum!!!!
I am a big deal – and a nobody. I have had to check my ego at the door so many times…I have had the lows and the highs of this crazy business. I was very close to multiple major label deals, I was the owner of a publishing, recording and management group that lost so much money it nearly killed me…I have owed so much money that the stress nearly killed me…I have hoped and hoped and hoped – then I needed to figure some other things out and make peace with my dreams, my talent, my fans (or lack thereof) and figure our what to do when the lights went out!!
Why do we do this things called music? Why do we write, perform, record, eat Kraft Dinner?? Why? You have probably asked this question many times… YOU HAVE TO!!
I normally talk about the stage…how to connect with an audience. Teaching on how to do “the stage” how to connect…in tailoring this kind of content to wellness, and around the issues of mental wellness…i have more experience than you might think…
I have had anxiety at times, I have had the “5 days from hell” and the days where I thought I could not go on!! I don’t live with it, but I have experienced it.
This caused me to look at my life as a musician…in WHOLE terms…What I eat, What I watch, What I think about, What I do physically, Who I talk to, Who I discuss things with, What I think of WHAT
Life is holistic…performing is holistic – making it in this business and dealing with the ups and downs is holistic…and yes I believe there is a huge piece that is spiritual.
As I said…this is not a quick fix…this is not a one-size fits all – But I do want to address a few things to think about as we navigate our way to a better healthier inner self…
If you are struggling with food addiction, alcohol addiction, chemical addiction or if the stage is your addiction…some of these thoughts could help you re:think your life…your career.