Is stage fright serious enough to be a phobia?
A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal
Stage fright by the definition above would definitely fall into the phobia category.
Here are some symptoms of a phobia. See how many of these apply to stage fright:
unsteadiness, dizziness and lightheadedness
increased heart rate or palpitations
shortness of breath
trembling or shaking
an upset stomach
How many of those are true for you?
Of course it doesn’t have to be this way.
Imagine it, you get up on stage, whether you’re acting, singing, dancing or public speaking (maybe even a combination of all of them!!).
From up there you can see the theatre is full of spectators. You feel good, excited, energised ready-to-go. You can wait for it!!
It’s going well for you, you are in the moment, you have a nice flow, you forgot a line, however you carry on, it’s not a problem for you.
It comes to an end, there’s a huge round of applause, congratulations, it sounds great, however you feel good in yourself, confident with what you brought and what you did.
How would that be for you, what if that was the norm and stage fright was a thing of the past?
If you want to know more and want that to be the norm for you, let me know,
Until next time,