Eye Contact for Singers
When performing for an audience, it is essential that you frequently make eye contact with them. Not only does eye contact help you convey the emotion of the song, it also helps the audience connect to you on a deeper level. Below we discuss how to use eye contact to improve your live performances
Why making eye contact is so important
Performing is one of the most important elements of being a successful singer, so knowing how to entertain your audience through your performance and facial expressions is crucial. Eye contact is an essential ingredient to this as, to the audience, it will seem that you are performing the song just for them.
Appropriate eye contact for your performance
Watch other musicians’ performances and see how they engage with eye contact.
What you do with your eyes during a performance should be determined by what is artistically appropriate to the song or performance. Whatever song you perform or your style of music, avoid looking at the ground and frequently engage with your audience visually. This will demonstrate your confidence and give the audience further reason to keep their eyes on you.
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 making 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. Most importantly, let the mood of your song dictate what you do with your eyes.
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 this anxiety can be transferred the audience and they will feel a similar discomfort if you never look at them.
As difficult as it may seem to overcome the impulse to avoid eye contact, if you don’t, you may always appear to be a novice. One 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.
Practise and Perform Frequently
It can be tough to make eye contact with your audience if you feel nervous or anxious. The easiest way to fix this is frequent live performances and practice.
Through building your singing and performance skills and frequently performing in front of an audience, you will naturally gain confidence; and because you will begin to expect a positive reaction from the crowd, you are much more likely to enjoy making eye contact and your movement on stage will become noticeably more fluid.