To have stage presence means that you have the ability to capture the attention of your audience. It's one thing to have raw talent and showcase it in front of an audience but it's another thing to get them really emotionally involved in your performance. Having stage presence can actually be a talent and itself. And without stage presence, you risk having your audience not really appreciate your performance at all. I want to share a few tips that will help you with your stage presence and your connection with your audience. It may seem like a complicated thing to do but with time and practice, you'll be able to capture your audience's attention and maybe even their hearts!
One way to ensure that you have a good amount of stage presence is to really feel the music that you're performing. Most musicians have the ability to connect spiritually with the music that they're performing but some of us struggle to show it with how we physically move our bodies during the performance. We can sometimes get caught up in how we look and try to avoid getting embarrassed when we're in our zone, but sometimes that zone is exactly what you need for the audience to connect with you and the music you're performing. You may find that when you're in your zone and in your own vibe you have a natural stage presence that you didn't even realize. Don't be afraid to try being yourself in front of your audience, because someone's going to like it.
Let's say that you feel like your true self while you're in the zone is actually pretty awkward and you don't want to showcase that on stage. Consider mixing your true self with a more optimal image that most people will be willing to accept. It may feel weird at first trying to portray someone you aren't but as a performer, your job is to make other people appreciate the performance in the art that you're presenting them. Try to glamour yourself up a bit! Turn into the Rockstar version of yourself and practice how it will look in the mirror. Don't be afraid to try out new things because you never know we will actually work well in the eyes of yourself and the audience. This process can help you build a better brand image over time and take your career to the next level.
While you're considering the ways you can make the Rockstar version of yourself, try to find ways that you can become someone that is unique and put on a performance that your audience has never seen before. This especially works well if you're performing and a genre like pop or hip-hop where there is steep competition and a lot of artists look and sound the same. The process of being unique is often labeled as having a USP or unique selling proposition in the world of marketing and advertising. What can you do on stage that will make your performance memorable in comparison to others? How can you leave a lasting and positive impact on your audience members?
Even though it might seem like you're the star because you're onstage the true star in the situation is each and every audience member. You're catering your performance to their knees and you're at the mercy of their opinion of you at that moment. At the end of the day, it's all about the audience members and what you providing for them. How are you connecting with them emotionally? How are you speaking to their lives? How are you interacting with them while you're on the stage? Don't be afraid to reach out to an audience member or get the audience to sing along with you. Don't be afraid to shout out your audience or individuals in your audience that you really appreciate. Make sure you're trying to make eye contact with everyone on every side of the room.
Our body language says a lot about how we're feeling in the moment without us ever needing to say a word. Make sure you're practicing good posture and a confident swagger when you're on stage. Try to avoid movements that make you look nervous or fidgety. Also, avoid looking like you're low on energy because your audience can just throw that right back at you. Keep the performance alive by moving around a lot, using hand movements to connect with the audience, and being your most confident self. Stand tall with your head held high! People love to see others with confidence because it can bring out the confidence in themselves.
Putting on performance can be a very anxiety-inducing process but hopefully, you've put in enough effort with your practicing so that you won't have to be in your head too much while the performance is actually happening. If you're in your head during a performance it will take away from the stage presence that you can provide your audience. Make sure you know all the words and make sure you know how everything will flow during your performance. Something will likely come up that will throw you off guard but if you're skilled enough and have enough experience with performances you won't be caught up in your head about messing up or something going wrong with the flow of things. You won't connect to the music as much, and neither will the audience. If you're in your head, try to shake off negative or over-analytical thoughts and just be in the moment. your performance doesn't need to be perfect so if you're striving for perfection, give up on that right now! As long as your talent is shining through and you're making an effort to connect with the audience, it'll all work out fine!
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