4. Treat Every Performance Like It Is Your Last
Sounds cliche but this might be the most important point of them all. If you can have the mindset of “this might be my last performance ever,” I promise you it will manifest a form of energy you have never felt before. That energy will flow out of you, into the crowd and you will increase your likelihood of resonating with the audience. The last thing you want to do is act like you have shows all the time and this is performance is merely a part of your routine. Don’t get me wrong, this is not as easy as it sounds. It takes preparation beforehand and some mental strength to be able to enter a mindset like this. If you can replicate this mindset for all your shows, you will notice a huge difference it the crowd’s response. The depressing portion of this point is that your next show could be your last. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and we have no way to predict what the future holds, so it is best to apply the “live every day like it’s your last” to each performance.
Try this. Visualize your most recent performance. Recap the event in your mind with as much detail as possible. Are you satisfied with that being your last show? Were there things you wish you did differently? A mistake you made due to lack of rehearsal? A song you wanted to perform to showcase your vulnerability as an artist, but didn’t due to the fear of rejection? Now imagine, you will never touch another stage in your life and that previous performance was your last one, ever. You’ll never be able to correct your mistakes or improve your stage presence. If you’re visualizing this, you probably have an uneasy feeling in your gut. That’s what you want to prevent from happening. Feeling the regret of not giving your all and wishing you had another chance to do it right. Treat every single performance like it is the last time you will ever touch a stage, and your future self will thank you.