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BENA - Be Excited Not Afraid

Stage fright can be so crippling that it can cause you to lose sleep the night before the event or make you want to run away from your responsibilities. However, there are some tricks that will help reduce your nervousness and keep you focused on the task at hand rather than on your own worries about what others might think.

Feeling afraid before going onstage is something most comedians experience to some degree or another throughout their careers.

The best way to combat stage fright is by getting over your fear gradually; you can start by telling jokes to friends or family members in your living room while they give you feedback on what you're doing right and wrong. The more experiences like this you have, the easier it will be when you step onto that podium for your big moment.

Fear of the unknown is common to the human experience and there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to performing.

What we do know for sure is that overcoming stage fright and jitters is essential to achieving success in any profession, but especially in performance-oriented roles such as stand-up comedy. It's also important for you to remember that not everyone has the same level of talent or experience when it comes to performing. This means that every person may need a different approach or strategy in order to overcome their fears and find success without experiencing too much stress.

Especially in a new venue or in front of a new audience or using new material, etc.

Though there are many techniques for overcoming stage fright, it is important to first identify the exact cause of the fear. This will help you to choose the most appropriate strategy for your needs. Some people don't feel comfortable speaking in front of others because they worry about being judged. For these people, it's important to practice getting used to criticism and avoiding perfectionism. Others have a fear of forgetting what they want to say or how they want their speech to sound - this type of person should focus on practicing out loud and memorizing their speech so that they are not up there thinking about what they need to say next.

For some performers stage fright can be paralyzing - but it does not have to be.

Stage fright is the intense anxiety performers feel before they go on stage. It can cause a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including nausea, dry mouth, rapid breathing and a racing heart rate. A performer might experience these symptoms even if he or she has performed for years. A big part of overcoming stage fright is realizing that it's going to happen to everyone at some point. In order to beat fear - one must face it head-on with courage and confidence.

When you are afraid your adrenaline starts pumping, your heart rate increases, you start sweating, and your natural fight or flight instincts kick in. These are the same things that happen when you are excited.

This is where the physical and psychological effects of stage fright come in. For instance, an increase in adrenaline causes the heart to beat faster and one's muscles to tense up. The body's reaction is unpredictable, but it can affect any individual differently. Numerous studies have been done on the subject, but there still remain some unanswered questions about how people respond to being in front of an audience.

It's the feeling you have riding a roller coaster.

There are many ways to overcome stage fright and fear in general. One way is to prepare for what you will say by listing out potential responses and practicing them. Another way is to identify the emotions that come up when you are afraid and then replace them with positive ones like determination, hope, laughter, excitement, happiness, joyfulness etc which will help you feel more confident by boosting your mood.

You can either be afraid and have a miserable time, or be excited and enjoy yourself. It's all how you look at it.

Anxiety is not something that many people are comfortable talking about, but it’s also not something that they should have to suffer alone. With a little help, stage fright can be an empowering experience. The biggest fear for most people is public speaking, but there are other things that may trigger anxiety in different people. And it's important to recognize these triggers so you have a better chance at overcoming them when they pop up again in the future. If you're feeling too anxious to go out and put yourself out there, try getting involved with stand-up comedy rather than just watching it on TV or YouTube. The more time spent performing stand-up comedy routines in front of an audience, the more skilled a comedian becomes.

Same goes for comedy.

Before a gig tell yourself you are EXCITED about performing in a new venue.

The most important thing is to tell yourself that you are excited about performing in this new venue in front of these new people. Remind yourself how much you love what you do and remind yourself why you're doing it. Remembering why will make the nerves go away because the passion will shine through!

Tell yourself you are EXCITED about performing in front of a new audience.

This self-talk is a good way to help those who are not thrilled about the idea of performing in front of a new audience and it is often used by stand-up comics. It can be helpful for people who have to give presentations at work, do public speaking, or participate in any other activity where they will be in front of an audience. Self-talk is a great way to keep your spirits up and remind yourself that you are seen as an expert performer.

Tell yourself you are EXCITED about performing new material.

Stand-up comedy is one of the most difficult and demanding professions. The audience has to like you, and the material has to be good. It is not easy to deliver a new set of material every night. But telling yourself that you are excited about performing new material will make it easier. Studies show that when we tell ourselves we are excited about performing something, we feel more motivated and our performance improves. When we say "I am trying," our brain responds by saying "but I'm not doing it well."

Instead of fear tell yourself you're feeling excitement. It works!

Stage fright can be debilitating and it can make you feel like you're unable to do anything. But there are ways of overcoming the fear of public speaking. It's time to stop letting this fear control your life and instead take control of it by conquering your fear!

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