Workshop on Dealing 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, while maintaining high standards. 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 and probably are judging yourself even more harshly. 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. 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.
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.
There is another way. Performing and fear do not have to be enemies. Using the Internal Family Systems method, this workshop will help you identify the various parts that get triggered around performance, as well as get to know your true Self, who can lead the way.
- Meet and connect with your true Self, your authentic Self, who can help you practice and perform at your best. Your true 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, that 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 is a great fit for:
- Musicians, actors, dancers, and public speakers who are interested in personal growth.
- Performers who struggle with fear.
- College and university fine arts departments
- Creatives who experience self-imposed limits – you might be your own worst enemy.
- Anyone who is 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 privacy.
- 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.
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. 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
Soprano, Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, Voice Area Chair, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee