Workshop for Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Saturday, August 6th, 12-4 pm, Chicago
Tools for Performing with more Joy and Authenticity, and making friends with Fear
It is possible to love performing and preparation, to be authentic, to make friends with your nerves. You can be in charge and make your performance unique and heartfelt. You can have high standards, critical assessment skills, and see the whole picture of your performance. Leading to more success in your auditions, more success as a performer, and more joy in all aspects of being an artist.
You wish you could express from your heart, even under pressure of the spotlight.
But right now, fear impedes you. You worry about what others are thinking – the audition judges, the people listening in the hallway, your collaborators, the audience. You are judging yourself even more harshly than anyone around you. Any mistakes throw you off your game, leading you to perform or audition while mentally analyzing what just happened, like driving forward while looking in the rearview mirror.
You’ve probably tried practicing harder. Spending countless hours in the practice room, or with your teacher. You’ve probably wished that the fears would evaporate, that the performance would go away, that you didn’t sign up for the audition. Or maybe you avoid all auditions and pressure situations, even while part of you desperately wants to get back in the spotlight again. And any situation you choose, you are stuck, and you beat yourself up for any choices you make.
I know how daunting performance anxiety can be. It nearly derailed my career. I had all the terrible feelings and thoughts – my whole body shaking and sweating, panic in my belly, my brain fritzing out. And absolutely certain that everyone in the audience was going to see my complete and utter public failures. I tried practicing harder, mentally berating myself, and just plain quitting for a short while. I even considered finding a new career.
Fortunately there is an abundance of information available about dealing with performance anxiety. I’ve worked through lots of tools and have overcome my stage fright. I now enjoy performing more than ever and can even enjoy the feelings of adrenaline as a boost to my performance, honing and sharpening my energy.
Workshop for Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Saturday, August 6th, 12-4 pm
Northwest side of Chicago
Together we will go through my three favorite tools and apply them to performing. This workshop is designed to help you move from fear controlling your performance to you shining with authenticity, confidence, and joy in the spotlight.
- Meet and connect with your Optimal Self, your Best Self, who can help you practice and perform at your best. Your Optimal Self will help you hone your instincts and listen to your internal voice of wisdom.
- Make friends with the Inner Critic, the nasty voice(s) in your head, preventing you from being in the moment, and keeps you feeling tight, restrained, and hemmed in on all sides.
- Learn to Center, which helps you regulate your energy and train your brain for being in flow.
- Perform with these new skills in a safe and supportive environment, with gentle coaching to help you along the way.
This workshop takes place in the comfort of my home in Chicago – comfy chairs and couches, clean and bright space, a Steinway piano in the music room, tea and coffee and water, plus the love that resides in my house. The workshop is open to 6 participants, so everyone will get hands on coaching and answers to all your questions. The material will be delivered via lecture, with discussions, journaling, private time to yourself, and partnered sharing. Activities for both introverts and extroverts. There will be two opportunities for performance, a chance to test out the new tools. (If this 'performance' strikes fear into your heart, rest assured that you will have many options. I will not push you beyond your comfort level. You can choose to play/sing/perform a short piece, a snippet for 10-30 seconds, or watch and cheer everyone on.)
This workshop is a great fit for:
- Musicians, actors, dancers, and public speakers who are interested in personal growth.
- Performers who struggle with fear.
- Performers seeking more ease and joy in their preparation, auditions, and performance.
- Creatives who experience self-imposed limits – you might be your own worst enemy.
- You are willing to practice and apply the exercises.
This workshop is not a great fit for you if:
- You don’t like to work in groups, but instead prefer one-on-one work, or online learning programs.
- You don’t care for personal growth types of exercises – guided meditations, self reflection, journaling, etc.
- You want a quick fix.
- You think that your problems with getting the job/role/gig are because of someone else – the auditioners, the traffic, your cat, the humidity.
These tools will change your performing for the better – if you practice them regularly. Like most things in life, transformative work is a process. Quick fixes do not address the underlying causes, while process oriented work takes time and repeated effort. Not that you need to spend hours every day in meditation - a few minutes tied to your practice sessions every day will do the trick.
Package price - $200 for the workshop and one follow up, one hour coaching
Early bird package - $175 before July 20th
Any questions? Please drop me a note, I’d love to address any concerns or questions you might have. Marta@MartasMusic.com
What people are saying
As a professional actress, a large part of my job is auditioning for upcoming projects. It’s often a very vulnerable and nerve-wracking process, but it’s necessary to sustaining a career. Over the past several years, I developed a debilitating case of stage fright, particularly when it came to auditioning for musical theatre. I was left frustrated with myself and was certain that this fear was costing me jobs. Marta worked with me to develop personalized techniques to conquer those fears and imagine a positive outcome to my auditions. I’m happy to report that after practicing these techniques, I've recently been cast in a world-premiere of a new musical at a Tony-Award-winning regional theatre. Thank you, Marta, for arming me with the tools necessary to overcome this very frustrating obstacle and open the door to new opportunities in my career!
Tiffany Scott, Equity actress, Chicago
Thank you for your visit to UWM and for the beautiful workshop, "Strategies for Fear in Performance". The information was clearly communicated to the students with such warmth and positive energy, something that they all needed, especially the week of mid-term examinations. The other voice faculty members and I are using the centering exercise as a new and valuable tool in our lessons and the students are using the exercise and experimenting with finding the optimal self in their own practice. Many of our students said that it was the most insightful master class that they have attended during their time as students at the university. You have really found your niche in giving this information to hungry singers! I so appreciated the energy that you brought into the room and the way that you honored all of our students within the workshop.
Tanya Kruse Ruck, DMA
Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, Voice Area Chair, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
I know things come up, performance opportunities happen at the last minute, life happens. If for some reason your plans change and you need to cancel, I will offer you a full refund if:
- I have a waiting list and someone to fill your spot
- You give me at least two weeks notice, so I can work on filling your spot
- You have a friend who wants to take your spot
However, if it's less than two weeks, and I don't have someone ready to take your spot, then there will be no refund. I will however, offer you two, one-on-one coachings at a time we can mutually agree upon, to cover the material.