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EYE CONTACT 

Why is eye contact important for singers?

eye contact 

Eye contact: We’ve touched on this already but eye contact is so important when you are performing to an audience. Not only does eye contact help you convey the emotion of the song to the audience, but it also helps the audience connect to you as a performer. As we know performing is one of the most important parts of being a singer, so knowing how to entertain your audience through your performance and facial expressions is crucial. Eye contact is an essential ingredient to this. 

Eye Contact during a Performance 

Watch other performers’ performances and see how they engage with eye contact. 

Eye Contact is a useful extract taken from the forthcoming book, The Secret to Success in the Music Industry.

The importance of eye contact 

As a performer you need to be able to connect to your audience and create engagement with your audience so they’re on your side. It is important to have a certain presence on stage, which lets the audience know that you are confident in your singing abilities. What you do with your eyes during a performance should be determined by what is artistically appropriate to the song or performance. You need to avoid looking at the ground and actually engage with your audience through eye contact, giving the audience a reason to keep their eyes on you. You’ll make the audience feel special if you communicate strongly through eye contact, as if you are performing the song just for them. 

Eye Contact for Singers

Overcoming the fear of eye contact 

Avoiding eye contact with the audience due to stage fright or shyness is not uncommon, especially for novice performers; the problem with this is that the audience will feel a similar discomfort if you never look at them. Appropriate eye contact can give you greater command of your stage presence. 

As difficult as it may seem to overcome the impulse to not look at the audience, if you don’t you may always appear to be a novice. A way to overcome this issue is to look at a point just above the audience if you are performing in a big room or at an audience member’s head, as they will think you are looking at them. Gradually you will be able to become confident enough to give eye contact.

Using eye contact appropriately 

If you’re singing a sad song, closing your eyes may be the best way to convey the mood, so don't be afraid to do this if it is appropriate. There are many situations however when using eye contact with your audience is exactly what is needed to create the most impact emotionally. If you look them straight in the eye it can make your performance more powerful and really engage your audience. Let your song interpretation dictate what you do with your eyes.

EYE CONTACT 

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