Performing with a busy brain is exhausting. Performing with worry or anxiety is, really, not performing at all. What kind of performance can an artist give if they’re stressing out whether the microphone will cut out or a wardrobe malfunction is about to happen or a set piece is about to fall over?
Problem is, much of the aforementioned is out of your control anyway, so you have to trust the others who actually control those aspects to do their jobs. And they will because they are almost as exposed in their job as you are in yours.
What you CAN control is much more important and the reason for everybody gathering together in the first place.
You are in control of the energy.
What you deliver is energy. Focused energy.
A busy, unfocused mind in performance is a torturous thing to watch.
How do we unbusy the mind?
“Energy, Attention, Awareness”
That is our performance mantra and it is fundamental to our work.
If you’re nervous before a performance, join the club, but why focus on nerves when you have a job to do (that you love)?
Focus on Energy, Attention, Awareness.
Take time to figure out what each of these words means to you before and during your performance and utilize these fundamental ideas to unbusy your mind and clarify your focus.