Nervous for your first performance on stage? Scared of going live on social media? Or do you feel that the audience didn’t love your last performance? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered.
Being a phenomenal singer doesn’t necessarily mean that you are an awesome performer too. But just like you can learn to be a great singer by working on your vocals and technique, you can learn to be a great performer as well.
Here are some things you can do to deliver an amazing stage performance:
Practice and Rehearse
Try to do this in a similar setting if possible so that you have an idea of what it’s going to be like. You need to be familiar with the surroundings and everything that’s happening so that if something changes during your performance, you know how to improvise. If you are well-rehearsed, you can focus more on the performance bit than on your singing.
Know Your Lyrics
If you forget your lyrics on stage, you would look very unprofessional and underprepared. This is the least you could do for your audience because they would most likely remember all the lyrics by heart.
Watch yourself rehearse
Either rehearse in front of a mirror or set up a camera to record yourselves especially if you are rehearsing with the whole band. Look at your body language, it should look like you’re having fun. Move around the stage and feel the emotion of your song for better engagement. You can also look at videos of your previous shows to see what you could’ve done better and worked on it for improvement.
Interact with the audience
Talk to them in between songs, tell them an anecdote, a backstory to the song’s lyrics, or what the song means to you. Introduce the band members either at the beginning or after songs where a particular member played a large part. Slide in a call to action in the middle such as, ‘like us on Facebook, buy our merch or the dates and venue of your next show, etc’. Encourage them to sing along or dance to your music.
Practice eye contact
You don’t want that deer-in-the-headlights look on stage so try to establish eye contact with the audience. This will help you in making a personal connection and communicate better with the crowd. When you’re not making eye contact, look at the horizon line, at the band, or up into the lights during an emotional moment. Closing your eyes while singing is another option but don’t overuse it.
Don’t forget to do a nice warm-up before you go on stage. It not only gets you physically ready to sing but prepares you mentally as well.
It’s all about wearing your confidence and having fun on stage. If you enjoy while performing, the crowd will think you were born to perform.