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obrienmagic
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I think we have ALL been there. Shoot, I have been performing for over 10 years and STILL get nervous! Here is just a few ways I help to cope with the pre show jitters!

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What works best for you? Anyone else have any ideas on shaking off the nerves before your show?
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A few things I do regularly.

First - I know my material. Backwards and forwards, so to speak. Proper practice means I'm not struggling to remember the methods or scripting, so I don't have to worry about those aspects. It also allows me to focus on interacting with the audience, and if necessary changing direction with material or scripting.

Second - Directly before a show I isolate myself and do a brief meditation exercise. This centers me and reduces the pre-show jitters.

And I have been known to enjoy an adult beverage to calm the nerves, but I usually save that for afterwards to calm down.
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On May 20, 2021, WitchDocChris wrote:
A few things I do regularly.

First - I know my material. Backwards and forwards, so to speak. Proper practice means I'm not struggling to remember the methods or scripting, so I don't have to worry about those aspects. It also allows me to focus on interacting with the audience, and if necessary changing direction with material or scripting.

Second - Directly before a show I isolate myself and do a brief meditation exercise. This centers me and reduces the pre-show jitters.

And I have been known to enjoy an adult beverage to calm the nerves, but I usually save that for afterwards to calm down.


Great ideas! I am known for grabbing a glass of whiskey and nursing it all night during a strolling/coctail event. Haha
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