5 Tips for Your First Solo Performance

Article by Amanda Lauren

First time singing solo? You are not alone. I too, was in the same position not too long ago. To make matters a wee bit better, all the greats-The Beyonce’s, The David Bowie’s, and The John Legend’s of the world – have been in the exact same boat, too. Like the old adage says, “You have to start somewhere?”
Well, my initial start was a dim mental space filled with overwhelming doubt, trifling anxiety, fear, and all the horrendous adjectives you can possibly use to describe someone suffering from a little case I like to call, “Playing Small.”
However, 5 months ago, I became incredibly sick of putting myself in a box. I began working diligently on curating my voice and repairing my confidence to sing and use my gift. With the invaluable wisdom from my exquisite vocal coaches and the encouragement from my dearest family and pals, I began to reprogram my mind to tear down my self-limiting beliefs. Now, fast forward to a few weeks ago, I completed my first live solo performance… AND I LIVED TO TELL THE TALE.
From one performer to another, here’s our:

5 Tips for Rocking Your First Solo Performance

    1. Self-Doubt/Fear- We Don’t Know Her!
      Darling, life is way too short! Fear and Self Doubt? Excuse me, WHO? We don’t know them?
      Both are intensely daunting when it involves an unknown. Endless thoughts may plague your mind–”What if I don’t hit my riff? What if I trip and break a hip? What if my high note sounds like a screeching seal?–All are valid and could “possibly” happen. But real talk, fear is a facade. It’s a figment of your imagination. So, Let’s “put that thing [fear/doubt] down, flip it and reverse it” (shout out to Missy Elliot). Let’s switch up how we think about fear/doubt and replace it with thoughts of success, radiance, and triumph. When it comes to singing, you have to fight past all your doubts and let the true beauty of your gift shine through.
    2. Gratitude
      The practice of gratitude is a magnet for miracles. It is crucial to remember how fortunate you are to share your voice with the world. To have an innate ability helping others to thrive and connect on a deeper level. Be thankful for your gift. It’s a true blessing you bestow upon the world.
    3. Practice
      Mama always said, “practice makes perfect!”! Well, mama is correct! Practice! Practice! Practice! If you practice enough, you’ll be able to rock your performance in your sleep!
    4. Step Into Your Power
      The key to stepping into our power is the realization and awareness of how incredible you truly are. When your thoughts, actions and the way you show up are in total alignment– It overflows from your heart and exudes in the form of a bright light externally. Sing like nobody’s watching or listening (or how you practice in the shower) When you step into your power, you help others step into their power too. Confidence is key!
    5. Shine On! Do You Boo!
      Do you boo! There is only one of you on this planet with your unique gift. When it’s your final time shine on stage, make it unforgettable! The only way to do so is staying true to who you are because, quite frankly, that’s all you can be. The audience loves an authentic queen/king. Be unapologetic about who you are and the message in your song. Engage with your fans/crowd, remember to smile, dance a little (OR ALOT), and have fun! Shine bright and realize the impact you will make by sharing your voice.
To all my singers embarking on this beautiful journey of performing: You are way more capable than you think! Sing your heart out and never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. How will you use these tools and ideas in your artistry? I’d love to hear from you.
Article by Amanda Lauren

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