From Shower to Stage: How to Cure Stage Fright

From Shower to Stage: How to Cure Stage Fright

March 6, 2024

Belting out a killer chorus from the comfort of your shower often seems much easier than performing for an audience on karaoke night. If you get anxious or nervous before going on stage, you may have a case of stage fright.

Overcoming stage fright can be your ticket to a fun experience with friends and family, and it offers a nice confidence boost. Singing can actually be a stress reliever, so once you get into it, you might find that karaoke helps you feel less anxious overall.

Whether you’re singing in front of a large audience or a small room of friends, tackling karaoke stage fright opens up many opportunities for a good time. Address your fears with these tips on how to get rid of stage fright when singing.

10 Ways to Overcome a Fear of Singing in Public

Karaoke stage fright can take many forms. You might experience more physical symptoms, like jitters and tension, or you might notice unhelpful thoughts, such as feelings of self-doubt or a fear of messing up. Think about your biggest problems, and explore different strategies for soothing them. Here are a few places to start.

1. Do Some Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises are a tried-and-true method for reducing stress and steadying your nerves. An easy one to do at the venue is box breathing, also called four-square breathing. Simply exhale, hold, inhale and hold, performing each step for four seconds.

Box breathing is just one option, but you have other breathing exercise options for reducing stage fright.

2. Redirect Your Thoughts

If you find yourself preoccupied with thoughts about the audience or your performance, make a focused effort to change them. Try thinking about the song itself rather than the audience. Listen to the chords, pick out the instruments, and pay attention to the lyrics.

You can also try focusing on your environment. Before you hit the stage, try to describe your surroundings in detail with phrases like, “The lights on the wall are purple, and this leather chair is smooth.”

Remember what you want from karaoke — to have fun and connect with people. Let that thought resonate, and don’t pressure yourself too much. Try to think of your performance as a goal rather than a chore.

3. Try Performing for a Smaller Audience

Singing in front of an audience of strangers is a bit like diving into the deep end. If karaoke stage fright feels overwhelming, try doing it with a smaller group. You can throw a karaoke party in a private room with some trusted friends or family members. Try your hand at karaoke surrounded by supportive people you know aren’t there to judge you.

4. Connect With Your Audience

On a similar note, try connecting with your audience. Get out of your own head by making eye contact with people and smiling. When people go to karaoke, they’re usually in a good mood and ready to sing along. People want to have a great time, and they’re eager to make you feel like a star. Look into the audience from time to time, and soak in the positive vibes.

5. Visualize a Positive Result

Visualization is a powerful technique that can help build confidence and give your mind time to “rehearse” your performance. Take some time to imagine yourself without any fear of singing in public. Imagine your facial expressions, the sound of your voice and your friends singing along.

By picturing yourself knocking your song out of the park, your body subtly goes through the motions and prepares to make it happen.

6. Fuel Your Body the Right Way

Performing well requires the right level of excitement. Too much, and you’ll be jittery and high-strung. Too little, and you won’t have the energy you need to put on a good show. If you have a fear of singing in public, try these dietary tips on karaoke night:

  • Avoid caffeine: Too much caffeine can ramp up anxiety, so keep it to a minimum.
  • Limit alcohol: Similarly, don’t go overboard on drinks. You might be tempted to pile on liquid courage, but too much alcohol can impair your performance. While you don’t need to sing beautifully, a difficult performance can lead to more anxiety the next time you do karaoke.
  • Chew gum: Try chewing some gum before you go on. It can help relax the muscles in your face and jaw and may reduce stress.
  • Stay hydrated: A dry mouth won’t do you any favors in karaoke. Make sure you drink plenty of water.

7. Find Your Song in Advance

A bustling party may not be the easiest place to make decisions if you fear singing in public. Instead, find your song beforehand. You can compare a few options and even practice, which can build confidence. Preparation may also help you remember the words, so you might not need to read the screen as much.

8. Loosen Up

Feeling stiff and tense? Shake it out, jump around or do some stretches. These little activities help you relax before you go on.

Try giving your mind a break, too, by making yourself smile or laugh. You might watch a funny video or have a friend tell you a joke. These strategies are a great way to lose the tension and drum up positive energy.

9. Sing With Someone Else

Solo singing can be daunting, especially if you’ve never done karaoke. Grabbing a friend to go on stage with you is a good way to ease into it. You’ll have moral support and someone to lean on during the song. Plus, if you mess up the words, people are less likely to notice!

You can even go up with a large group. While helping you avoid the spotlight, group karaoke helps you bond with your friends, family members or co-workers.

10. Cut Yourself Some Slack

No one goes to karaoke expecting Grammy-worthy performances. Remember, it’s perfectly OK to make mistakes during your song. Anxiety often makes us dwell on our own mistakes, but if you pay attention during other songs, you’ll probably see plenty of people getting it wrong. However, you likely wouldn’t have noticed if you hadn’t been watching for them.

Remember that stage fright is very common. Many great performers like Sheryl Crow have struggled with stage fright — it’s understandable to get nervous before a performance. If you’re out with some supportive friends, consider mentioning it to them. They’ll probably be happy to help quell your nerves.

Be kind to yourself, and remember that the goal is to have a good time, not to win any awards.

Tackle Your Karaoke Stage Fright in a Private Space

 

Karaoke stage fright shouldn’t stop you from having a great time and connecting with others. Hopefully, these tips can help you overcome a fear of public singing and have a blast on the next night out.

If you’re near Saint Petersburg, Florida, try booking a LALA karaoke room. Tackle your stage fright with friends, family members or colleagues — not strangers. If you want to sing at a bigger event, you can also rent multiple rooms or entire sections of the building.

Choose the theme you feel most comfortable with, then fuel up at our full-service bar and Mediterranean- and French-inspired restaurant. You can also shake off those nerves with games like pingpong and cornhole on the patio. LALA’s unique style of entertainment makes karaoke a more inviting, relaxing experience. Start your journey to becoming a karaoke pro by booking a karaoke room today!