I know that I have been gone the last few days, but that is because the 8 finalists of Broadway Bound Live and I have been preparing for our season finale performance that debuts TOMORROW at 7 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
We have been building sets, rehearsing, and networking as much as possible for the last few days before the big performances. Today we got the last few hours of our day to ourselves to really get in the right headspace and physical shape as possible before the show. Since that was our main focus today, I decided to let you all know how I personally prepare myself or "set the tone" before a big show, and I hope that you find these tips useful, or even discover different methods yourself!
Getting in the right headspace before a performance is ABSOLUTELY important for giving your best performance. Here are some strategies that can help you prepare mentally and/or physically:
1. Visualize success: Close your eyes and imagine yourself performing flawlessly. Visualize every detail of the performance, including the sights, sounds, and emotions. This positive mental imagery can help build confidence and reduce anxiety.
2. Positive self-talk: Replace negative or self-doubting thoughts with positive affirmations. Remind yourself of your skills, preparation, and past successes. Repeat positive statements such as, "I am well-prepared," "I am confident," or "I will perform my best."
3. Deep breathing and relaxation: Take deep breaths to calm your nervous system and reduce anxiety. Breathe in slowly through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Combine deep breathing with progressive muscle relaxation, where you tense and release each muscle group in your body, to promote overall relaxation.
4. Focus on the present moment: Avoid dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about future outcomes. Instead, focus your attention on the present moment. Concentrate on the music, your technique, and the immediate task at hand. Mindfulness techniques can help you stay centered and in the present.
5. Establish a pre-performance routine: Develop a consistent pre-performance routine that helps you mentally prepare. Whether it's being on vocal rest until your call time, or listening to music and completely taking your mind off of the performance for a few minutes. Whatever you need to do in order to feel prepared and ready.
6. Practice mindfulness or meditation: Set your intentions for your performance. Ask yourself questions: What do you want out of this performance? What is pushing you to be the best version of yourself? Who are you and how do you want people to remember you?
Remember, finding the right headspace is a personal process, and it may take some trial and error to discover what works best for you. Experiment with these strategies and adapt them to fit your individual needs and preferences.
I hope that these tips and tricks help you as much as they help me! If you haven't bought your tickets already go to www.katharsismedia.org/events and get your tickets!
Saturday (5/20) @7pm
Sunday (5/21) @2pm