Questions: I'm about to do my first show in November. I have your 30 Lesson Maher Course and completed the exam for the first 15 Lessons. I will do the rest in a month. I am still feeling nervous. I feel I have a good grasp on the voice , but need to be a able to sell it. Only a hand held mike available and very small stage with no curtains. Any advice on a way to not feel so nervous and prepare? Should I have Sammy on my knee or on a stand? Pip
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From Mr D: The first show is the most difficult, I believe. Be sure you know your routine well. Is there an off stage hall or room from which you can enter when announced? If so, use it to prepare before entrance. Enter with a smile on your face and give the appearance of enjoying yourself. Enthusiasm is catching. If there's any way to use a lapel mike, or if the hand held mike could be placed into a mike stand, that would be preferable to your having to hold it. And I would recommend a stand for Sammy. That enables you to stand on both feet and you can actually shift your own weight during the show which I believe you will find more relaxing, providing bonus confidence.
I will send you the book, Conquering Stage Fright. And perhaps there are vents reading this who will want to add their supportive tips and comments.