HOW TO BOOST YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE FOR STAGE PERFORMANCE BY LAURA ETEMAH

Having come across a lot of singers on different skill levels, I have discovered a common concern amongst them. All singers have worries! And the level confidence takes the greater part of this worry. Most beginners at singing believe that only superstar singers have 100 percent confidence while performing on stage. It is only wise to remember that we are all human beings and even the megamost of stars you may know are still building their live performance confidence! Nobody knows it all. In the following lines, we shall get into the business of honing this craft.

To have an idea of your confidence level, check to know of you experience the following:

1. Going blank and forgetting your lyrics while on stage.
2. A better rehearsal than your actual live performance.
3. You feel like your heart is going to pop out your chest just before a performance – fear and a sick feeling.
4. You find it very difficult and tasking to sing in public.
5. You have a feeling people are laughing at you for not singing well.
6. You are afraid to go for singing auditions and competitions because you feel you would lose out or be turned down.
7. You are mostly concerned about how you  look.

Confidence has a lot to do with self belief. If you don’t believe in your singing ability and yourself, no one will believe in you. People can tell if you have self-esteem and insecurity issues and will respond accordingly to your performance. This is because lack of confidence will badly affect your delivery. Who wants to cheer a disorganised singer? No one!

How do you sort yourself if you lack self confidence? Firstly, don’t see yourself as less in any way. Many megastars struggled with this but worked towards selfimprovement killed their anxieties and hit stardom nevertheless.

An important advice I give to my students is that they should do all in their power to improve their singing abilities. If you understand your voice insideout, that in itself gives you a great portion of confidence! So endeavour to be a better singer. Get a voice teacher to put you through if you need to. Hire a talent manager to help you discover who you are and coin out your brand. Practice well enough to know your material inside out, before any performance.

More so, if you think anxiety is getting the better part of your stage performances, there are specific ‘secret’ exercises that I share with my VIP students only. I could give them out for a fee. You don’t get these from any institution. It is our secret code to breaking the performance anxiety demons.  For more info on how to get these, indicate by writing ‘More info’ in the comment box and contact 08137107137 through WhatsApp. This will give you the energy to work through your fears and come out a champion!

Although it is a good thing to perform with confidence, please be careful to ensure that it does not slip into overconfidence because a lot of great performances have been watered down by this stage ‘malfunction’.

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To your singing success and sweet confidence on stage,

Laura Etemah

Author: Laura Etemah

Laura Etemah is a Nigeria/ UK trained an award-winning and full-time Musician, Music Teacher, Author, Vocal Coach and the Director of Lee Vocal Studios and Lee Ellie Music School. As the music woman who loves children and a highly sought-after Music Teacher for children, Laura is also a strong advocate for the music education of the Nigerian child. More so, she has a passion for helping speakers, singers, musical artistes and aspiring vocalists of all styles and abilities, develop the full potential of their voices. The birth of Lee Vocal Studios came through as a result of this. Laura is also an expert in organizing fun and engaging music workshops for children in singing, piano, guitar, violin and recorder. Her multi-instrument playing skills has paved way for her in the music teaching business, making her a force to reckon with in the industry. Laura uses the Nigerian, British and American curriculum in disseminating her music lectures and this is the reason why she is the most patronized music teacher in Nigeria and across West Africa. Laura also teaches music to adults up to the age of 70! Proving to all that anyone can learn music so long as the interest, time and energy are there. The benefits of music are awesome and adults can rewire their brains for higher achievements and rejuvenate the abilities of the brain by taking music lessons. In 2006, Laura won the the Star Quest Music Reality TV Show, with her band – Daccord; and went on a tour with Tu Baba, Tony Tetuilla, P-Square, The Natives and a host of other Nigerian music stars to the UK to perform at the MOBO awards. Her band, Daccord also went for a 10-city tour with a host of Nigerian music stars (Star Trek, 2006) and performed alongside Akon and LL Cool J at the Star Mega Jam, 2006. In 2011, Laura was awarded by the ex-Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for her successful NYSC music community projects carried out to benefit the secondary school students of the Surulere Community, in Lagos State, Nigeria. One of the projects included the audio and video recording of the popular song – Good People of Nigeria, which is mostly played on the 1st of October to commemorate the independence of Nigeria. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOIdwOVtrc Watch the video documentary of my NYSC projects here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SncYCkyAOqg Laura is also well known for her bestselling book, Sing Like a Superstar, which has helped many singers, artistes, choristers, musicians, producers and choir directors to discover the true potential of their voices. The book is also accompanied by a downloadable voice training CD that has proved to build the voices of thousands of singers. In 2011, Laura became the first African woman to obtain a Master of Arts in Music Production from Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom. She also holds a first degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka –Nigeria; and a number of diplomas in music. Laura has worked in several recording studios, taught and is still teaching music privately and in many nursery, primary and secondary schools. Laura is also very much in the business of training groups of singers and choristers. Laura is currently based in Lagos-Nigeria, teaching music production, instrument and singing classes.

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