Sing Like The World Is Your Stage: How to Conquer the Fear
You could be one of those who love to sing. However, you freeze the moment you see a microphone or, worse, meet the audience. It’s unfortunate since you seem to be missing out of the best methods of expression. Let’s not forget that if you do have the talent in singing, it could have been your bread and butter and, if you like it, a ticket to stardom.
How do you really conquer your fear of singing?
1. Visualize yourself. You can start by picturing yourself doing it. In fact, you can take it one step further by simulating it. For example, you can grab a brush or anything that has a long handle. Then you stand in front of the mirror and start singing. The aim is to feel more confident about the idea of singing. By being able to see yourself in the mirror, you’ll be more comfortable of using the microphone and humming out the tunes.
In the meantime, you can use subliminal messages to strengthen the effectiveness of your visualization. Before you sing something, you can tell your reflection, “I can definitely do this” or “I have the voice to sing a song.” If you cannot come up with your own affirmations, you can download subliminal messages mp3s and videos online. You can listen or watch them, respectively, on your free time.
2. Clear your mind on other things. Like everything else, singing requires your entire heart and soul. That’s why you need to remove anything that seems to be blocking your abilities or causing you to lose your focus. You can still use affirmations or subliminal messages with this one. Before you start to sing, you can say, “I am leaving all the other worries and negative thoughts behind” or “My entire focus right now is in the beats, rhythm, and my voice.”
3. Practice. A lot of people developed their ability and love for singing by simply practicing. How many times you have to do so? It depends on you, but the more you practice, the better you will be. Singing practices don’t have to last for several hours. At least fifteen minutes of your day can be allotted. Sing whatever it is you want to. The most important thing is you can get your voice out, sing along with the rhythm or tempo, and improve your talent.
4. Record your voice. You may not like singing because you really don’t know how you sound. Here’s a good tip then: record your voice. When you sing, make sure that you have a recorder ready. You can also use your headset, download instrumentals or midi files online, and sing along with them. Then once you’re done, listen to the recording and make your own assessment. Do you sound good? What should be improved on?
5. Enjoy the opportunity to sing. Not everyone can afford to sing, so consider yourself lucky. Besides, if you cannot sing like Jennifer Hudson or Whitney Houston, you might as well enjoy the chance to do so.