1. Unfamiliar Venue
- When you haven't played a type of venue in a while, you may experience a guarding reflex triggered by your primal fight or flight response. Your inner "horse" (the automatic nervous system that gives your voice cues) isn't use to running this particular field, and will shy until it knows there are no lions, tigers and bears about to jump at it from the sidelines. (Or tomatoes about to be thrown!)
- Note that size does not matter here. If you are used to playing arenas, a small venue like a 100 seat listening room may feel oddly petrifying.
2. Inadequate Preparation
During performance, the stage fright beast WILL jump on you to some degree or another if you don't accomplish these two preparation steps for performance:
- Know your material.
- Have vocal cords at peak operation.
Think your little gig is too small to worry about? Think again.
Picture that in the hallway of the venue of your little gig happens to be the boyfriend of a girl who works in the mail room of a significant record label who would be interested in an artist like you. He hears a less-than-stellar performance and casually mentions it to his girlfriend the next day...
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