The effect of alcohol on singing

The effect of alcohol on singing

How often have you sat in a club and watched the singer down drinks on their set breaks? In certain genres of music it's so common you’d think alcohol was the singer’s drink! Singers who drink and sing usually do it to "take the edge off" or help them through performance anxiety, which is completely understandable. In fact, some vocalists might say that their performance is better, more creative, and more emotionally connected, after a drink or two. However, let's consider the facts, what alcohol really does to your voice, so you can make an informed choice whether or not you want to drink before heading onstage.

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Exposure therapy for performance anxiety in musical theatre

Exposure therapy for performance anxiety in musical theatre

In a previous blog post we discussed performance anxiety in musical theatre settings, otherwise known as stage fright, along with the symptoms of anxiety and a few initial steps to work toward reducing it. In order to grow past performance anxiety over the long run, you must expose yourself - you must perform, perform, perform, and this is known as exposure therapy. However, there is an art to exposing yourself to your fears and it should be done  in careful, small, planned doses. Where many people go wrong is exposing themselves into a high stakes performance with no build up, which usually results negatively and makes future performance anxiety even worse. Exposure will be most effective and fun for you in small steps that gradually lead up to a major milestone.

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Performance anxiety in musical theatre settings

Performance anxiety in musical theatre settings

Most people have experienced some level of anxiety before, during, and/or after a performance of some sort. Those performances may include traditional performing arts such as dance, theatre, or music, or a wide range of other experiences that create similar circumstances such as public speaking, corporate presentations, sales, teaching, sports, or test taking. You might be uncomfortable, but have no idea what’s happening to you or how to solve it. Additionally, it is not uncommon for people who experience performance anxiety to also experience generalized anxiety symptoms in their professional life, home life, relationships, and basic day-to-day situations. 

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Progressive muscle relaxation for musical theatre performers

Progressive muscle relaxation for musical theatre performers

I recently wrote a post on why meditation is important for musical theater actors, along with an eBook how-to-meditate guide. Progressive muscle relaxation is an equally useful relaxation technique that has applications for musical theater. As performers, relaxation techniques are extremely important for the work that we do, because we need to be able to clear our chattering thoughts on a moment’s notice, calm your pre-performance jitters, give a truthful response, connect with a character, or concentrate quickly on some challenging choreography that the dance captain has changed at the last minute. More so than any other career, musical theater demands the skill of silencing your mind and coming into the present. Progressive muscle relaxation is a sounds fancy, but it's really simple - j

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Meditation for musical theatre performers - why you should start meditating right now

Meditation for musical theatre performers - why you should start meditating right now

We've all seen the popularity of mindfulness and meditation programs rise over the last few years - meditation is not just for "those new age people" anymore! Meditation seems to be touted as a cure-all, helping people relax, sleep, concentrate, get more done at work regardless of what their profession is, lose weight, solve world peace....the list goes on and on. In all seriousness, and speaking from a participant's perspective, I can confirm that meditation is a game-changer and should be a part of everyone's day, regardless of spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof), and regardless of your goal for its use.

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