What's a good antidote or two for stage fright? Try getting angry
or try getting sleepy
. It's hard to be nervous when you're all irritated, or when you're so tired that nothing matters anymore. Being able to summon these moods just might help knock the edge off your next case of the jitters.
Instead of freaking, think of words like nonchalant, blase, laid-back, indifferent, apathetic, casual.
When our instincts are on such high alert that they are ready to short-circuit, we need a good dose of "it's not that big a deal, man, relax!"
Rather than stressing about every note of every phrase, simply decide to bluster your way through with an attitude. Of course you will have practiced meticulously, so you can now afford to charge ahead proudly and fearlessly.
Barney Fife became famous for these facades whenever he found himself in a frightful predicament. Audiences saw his cocky confidence and self-assured smugness in spite of crippling fear. Often he responded to stress with
a ho hum, sarcastic smile. He masked his nerves with swagger, yet with a humility that endeared him to audiences.
Use nerves to your advantage.