How to Improve as a Stage Performer
Tips to improve as a stage performer
Stage performer: Being a good stage performer can often be something that sets your performance out from the rest. It’s not only about how to sing the song; it’s also about how you perform the song!
The key to being a good stage performer all starts with confidence. Playing live can be a daunting task. There are lots of things happening such as:
- Feeling a mixture of emotions, including nervousness and excitement.
- Having to remember lyrics and chords
- Being un-phased by technical glitches
- Bright lights making it hard to see
Remember, practice makes perfect so perform as many times as possible!
HOT TIP: Watch as many live and performances (or second to that recorded performances) as possible. Look out for the impression you get from the artists, how the musicians interact with each other and the audience and how appropriate their stage performance is with the genre of music.
Learn your song
It helps to know your songs inside and out when being a good stage performer. If you are not 100% in knowing the words, phrasing and the way you wish to sing your song, under pressure this may come under strain and you are concentrating on those aspects rather than others.
If you manage to get through a song with only minor mistakes it will make your confidence grow. Try performing the song at home in the following ways:
- With your eyes open
- With your eyes closed
- Moving around
- Laying down
This helps so that when you’re performing, creating a good stage presence comes more naturally. Doing this will help you with quick recovery if something goes wrong and that’s an invaluable skill.
Stage performer – more tips
Being a good stage performer is about moving around on stage. If you can master the act of grooving to your tunes, you will go down a lot better with the audience. Make sure it is appropriate though.
The whole idea of being a good stage performer is for it to be fitting an come across natural. Don’t go head banging to an acoustic ballad or stand completely still on a metal number.
Being a good stage performer is also about communicating well with other act members and the audience.
- Look random audience members in the eyes
- Sing along with your other act members
- Eye contact and facial impression
This will help you forget about the nerves beforehand and people will recognise that you’re creating good stage presence. Believe in your songs and the audience will too. You’ll make them feel special if you communicate strongly.
HOT TIP: Find a spot above the audience, if you can’t look directly at them, such as on the lighting desk to create somewhere for you to look rather than at your feet. The audience will think you’re looking at them.
Try to record videos of your own performance
You may think that you are being a good stage performer but the only way to tell is to watch yourself. You can then see it from the audience’s point of view which may be uncomfortable to begin with but is also critical in seeing how to improve.
Relax and enjoy yourself
Being a good stage performer is possible by following the above hints and tips but it is really about having fun. The audience can tell if you’re having a good time and it will pay off. Be confident in your abilities, laugh off the glitches, move around but above all, have fun!