Vulnerability in Performing
Being a performer I’m all too familiar with the idea of putting myself out there. There is a level of intimacy that happens when you stand up in front of a crowd of people to play a song. Being an introvert Its an almost out of body experience as the thoughts inside my head are suddenly exposed and broadcasted to my audience. The process is nerve wracking and exhilarating all at once and I can’t imagine a life without performing.
I’ve been writing and performing music for years. The guitar has always been my go-to instrument and my songs are written from my personal experiences and observations. They are uniquely personal thoughts that I choose to share with those around me, and because of that, performing in front of an audience is an act of vulnerability.
Being vulnerable can be a terrifying experience. Exposing my inner most thoughts open me up to the possibility of criticism and rejection, but on the other hand it can be a rewarding experience that opens the door for praise and new opportunities. While the downside can be rough, the positive potential outweighs the negative and is what keeps me performing as often as I can.
After years of performing, I’ve learned a few things to help me face the music, of performing that is. The biggest component of confident performances is being confidant in my skill. Practice makes perfect and refining my skill is key to ensuring my best show possible. In addition to having the skill, self-care is also important. Now I know, I am not the best about self-care. Thankfully for me I have an awesome wife who takes care of me. Finally, visualization and reflection help me get in the zone and constructively consider areas for improvement. These three things help me tremendously when it comes to performing and keeps me sane while experiencing the highs and lows of performing professionally.
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