Being in Control When You Perform

The aim of so many people when they come to work with me is to feel more in control when they perform. They just want to feel safer and less vulnerable. I get it, that’s how I used to be. I felt that if I could be in control I would do a good enough job, or even a great one, and would feel confident when I put myself out there.

The trouble is THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT WORKS. Let me tell you the reason, and a better way to improve your performing that not only works, it helps you feel so much more confident too.

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Perspective Shifts & Your Audience

So many people think that how they feel about an audience will never change, that they just have to control their reaction.


You can feel comfortable and confident in front of any audience, it just takes shifting your perspective. Don’t get me wrong, to get to a stage where you becomes your go to place to be when performing can take some work changing beliefs that you hold, and assumptions you are making, but even some simple and easy to implement perspective shifts can make a massive difference….

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What does your Audience want?

Performers can assume they know what an audience want, they want you to do a good job don’t they? The truth is people rarely stop to think about a performance from the audience’s perspective, they think what they want to show the audience, but not what the audience actually want.

In this video I explore what the audience actually wants.

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What to think about on stage….

I’ve been doing a lot of Mini-Backstage reviews, which is a thing I do (and if you’re interested, I’ll put a link at the bottom of this video, this blog) but in the process of doing those it’s got me thinking about what is the most effective thing to think about when you get on stage to help with your nerves.

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Ending the rejection….

I’m an A type personality (recovering).

If you look up what this means, this is what you might find:

‘The phrase “Type A” refers to a pattern of behaviour and personality associated with high achievement, competitiveness, and impatience.’

And that described me to a T, especially the impatience.

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Lifting the SMOG

Do you find yourself in a battle with yourself sometimes? That there are things you should be doing, or ought to be doing but somehow you never get to them? Or if you do get to do them, they feel such a chore?

What would it feel like if that battle wasn’t there, if you did these things easily and happily? I imagine that feels quite unlikely, that the battle feels like it’s just part of your personality.

The truth is it is often our language that is creating the battle.

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Does procrastination get in the way of your success?

What would it feel like to nail your next audition?

Procrastination is the enemy in so many performer’s lives, buy procrastination is nothing more than a fear of failure, and you know it’s your roadblock to success.

What have you been putting off doing that you know will help you achieve that? You know what you have to do to succeed, but somehow you are always putting it off until the last minute, deadline surfing.


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Dealing with Mistakes in Performing – Video 4

In this final video I will be teaching you how to use your current reaction to help you create a new and different response to making a mistake. One that puts you as a wise, kind friend, capable of getting the best out of yourself and avoiding future mistakes.

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Dealing with Mistakes in Performing – Video 3

This is the third video in this series. In this video I will be helping put different perspective on how you react so you can understand it more and start to change it to a more effective response.

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Dealing with Mistakes in Performing – Video 2

What is the reason you react to mistakes the way you do? 

Mistakes play a huge role in performing, not just because making them can impact the performance, but also because how we feel about them can impact how we perform.