I love acting, in my dreams, it would become my profession.
With acting comes nerves, quite a lot of them! Acting has caused me nerves before performances, before being on camera and today I am going to share with you my top 8 ways of coping with them! These tips also apply to speeches! Especially for school or Uni. Along the way I have some inspirational quotes! They are from a “3am Journal” I was given from Kikki K.
Practice! Practice, practice practice. Practice makes you more comfortable with what you have to perform or learn. Practice helps you become more comfortable with what you have to speak but sometimes we can become frozen with nerves and in this case it can be good to have the muscle memory which practice brings.
Breathe: Breathing helps, slowing your breathing calms your nerves, it relaxes you. I try breathing in for shorter than you breathe out. I usually breathe in for 5 and out for 7. It usually works.
Use Them: This takes time to perfect, it requires a lot of practice. What it means is using your nerves and converting them into enthusiasm, character, passion or persuasion. Nerves can aid your speech rather than hinder it.
Smile: Convert your nerves into smiles! This is very like number 4 but you convert it into a smile instead, it is often the easiest thing to convert nerves into. I have used this for many speeches and it really helps!
Exercise: If you exercise the day before it releases positive endorphins which can help you stay calm and relax more, calm your nerves.
Drink water: Stay hydrated. You don’t want to get a dry mouth while speaking. Also staying hydrated keeps you clear headed and helps you stay calm.
Music: Do things that calm you before you speak, I like listening to music. I find it really relaxing and I have a particular playlist that really calms my nerves.
Objective: Know the character/purpose/reason/audience of your speech or line. What is the line/speech’s purpose? Know if you are trying to persuade your audience , eg. if your character is upset, show not just the emotion but the reason for it so that the words have purpose and direction. What is your objective? Is it to make the audience think? If it’s acting is it to tease someone? knowing the aim and/or objective of the line/speech often helps with the delivery of the speech/line. I find knowing the objective gets me into character or into the right mind frame/character which calms my nerves and enhances my delivery considerably.
I hope you like my post and I hope these help you! If I have missed any or if you have some to add I would be very grateful! I think others will be grateful too!