So You Have Stage Fright – Indications of Stage Fright and Ways to Calm It

Do you tremble in the very thought of performing on stage in front of a live audience?

Does your heart race just thinking about being the center of attention under the stage lights?

If so, you probably have stage fright! Don’t worry though, for many people are victims of this very feeling that you have 🙂

Just to be sure that you actually have this phobia, let’s check and see what the actual indications of stage fright are and some ideas that may ease it up for you!


Indications of Stage Fright:


Sweaty Palms – Sweaty palms is a usual symptom of ANY uneasiness, but it can definitely be included in this list because it does happen… A LOT.

Trembling – Trembling can occur in your hands, legs, or voice.

Dry Mouth – With singers and speakers, this indicator is very popular.

As a vocalist myself, I have this problem frequently. Right before I start to sing, I ALWAYS have to have that last swallow to soak up the dryness in my throat haha! ALWAYS.

Butterflies – A stir within your stomach is not uncommon, either, when it comes to this phobia of performance.

This, along with trembling, is one of the heavier indicators of the fright.


Some Cures for Stage Fright:


Practice – Practicing what you’re doing on stage, whether you’re singing, playing an instrument, dancing, or just plain speaking, is vital in a great performance.

It also helps to be confident in what you’re going to be performing 🙂

Small Audiences – Make yourself familiar with the feel of audiences by performing in front of your family and friends.

Dance – This sounds pretty odd, yes. But does it work? HECK YES!!

Before you go on, do a little dance. This helps with getting the jitters or trembling and all that junk out of you ahead of time.

If you don’t want to dance backstage in front of all the other performers and stage crew, just jump around a bit. Trust me… it DOES help.

SaxophonistSmile – So, you finally got yourself on stage. GREAT JOB! What you can do to keep your stage fright from seeping in again is smile. Connect with your audience a bit.

Your audience is your friend… treat them like your friend 🙂

Close Your Eyes – Closing your eyes seems to be a very dumb thing to do according to most people, but if you’re a singer or instrumentalist, this can help you connect with the music much more than ever before.

As long as you have it memorized!! The way that this little action can help you with stage fright is… well.. you can’t see the audience.

It’s a simple mind trick; an “if you can’t see them, they can’t see you” type of situation.


Have Lots of Light – This usually happens on its own, but having lots of light in front of you can help block out the audience. You can’t see the audience… maybe the front row of the house at some points.

As a growing performer, this little trick has helped me so much. I fool my mind into thinking that there is no one there watching me, which of course causes me to ease up a ton!


You got it!


When it comes to curing your little bit of stage fright that you have, it all dwindles down to mental function. If you can trick your mind into thinking there is no audience or that you’re literally the only one in the room, you would not believe how much more calm you would be when performing! It’s amazing how it all plays out.

I hope this article has helped you out in classifying stage fright and maybe even getting rid of it!!

Please share with friends and family.

Have any questions or thoughts on stage fright? Leave me a comment!

I would be honored to read all of them 🙂


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One thought on “So You Have Stage Fright – Indications of Stage Fright and Ways to Calm It

  1. Luna

    June 9, 2017 at 3:16pm

    I think even professionals get stage fright sometimes. I always begin feeling nervous and actually trembling.I however usually find a pleasant face to focus on for a few seconds and that usually get me started. I always get over my fears quickly and the end is always better than the beginning.
    I agree with your tip about closing your eyes and I think it will work for a singer but a Motivational Speaker might want to try something else.
    Thanks for the post.

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      June 9, 2017 at 5:43pm

      Hey Luna! Thank you very much for sharing your ideas here in the comments! Excellent point 🙂 As a substitute of closing their eyes, motivational speakers can look right above the audience. This way, the audience can still feel a connection and the speaker can feel a little more at ease because they cannot see their viewers too well 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to seeing you here at Mastering the Music again soon!!

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  2. Paul

    June 10, 2017 at 8:46am

    Hi Jillian,
    This is a very informative piece on stage fright.
    Many years ago I used to play guitar in a college rock band and stage fright for me was pretty bad.
    One thing you don’t mention as a way to help handle stage fright is to have the music /performance so well rehearsed that you can do it blindfolded.
    Confidence comes from competence after all. I found the better rehearsed I was the less intense the stage fright.
    It’s ironic that a couple of songs in to the performance I always found myself enjoying the experience, and when I came off stage I was buzzing and wanting to go back on!

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      June 10, 2017 at 4:01pm

      Hey there Paul! Thank you for checking out my article! Indeed, lots of practice is a fantastic way to calm your stage fright! You were in a rock band? Awesome! Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you get to come back and visit us soon 🙂

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  3. Paula

    June 19, 2017 at 10:24pm

    Hi Jillian! Thanks so much for sharing this article! Stage fright is certainly a characteristic of any musician, haha. Whether amateur, or professional. Everyone that I’ve ever known in the industry has had stage fright at some point in their career or life! This article is helpful in identifying the enemy and it gives great examples to eradicate it. So thanks again! 🙂

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      June 20, 2017 at 3:24am

      Hey Paula! I’m excited that you enjoyed my post! Stage fright is definitely a familiar feeling among the performing arts and its performers haha! Thank you so much for checking out my piece on stage fright! I hope you will get the chance to come back soon and visit us again 🙂

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