Whether you have been performing for years or it’s a new thing for you, having confidence will help you to give your best performance. Whether you are auditioning or playing the lead role, remember that you have already made it further than hundreds of others for getting to where you are. Being a confident person is easier said than done and it can be easy to ‘fake it until you make it’ but if you can be confident without faking it, your performance will improve drastically! So, these are our top tips on building your confidence:
If you know what you are doing, you will do it with confidence. This means learning your piece, researching the school you are auditioning for and being prepared to answer any questions. If you know what to expect you can prepare for it. Learn how to perform in different ways, such as using different emotions or playing music in a different key and then if you are asked to do it unexpectedly, you should not lose confidence as you will already know what to do. Remember, you can never be too prepared!
Learn from mistakes
Find the positive side to everything and remind yourself of previous successes. This will help to build your self-esteem, your confidence and remind yourself of how far you have come. Be supportive of yourself and remember that everyone makes mistakes. If you do make a mistake, use it as a learning curve to turn it into a success and become a more confident performer. Write down positive feedback and look at it to boost your confidence when you are feeling low.
Perform every day
Whether you are at home watching yourself in the mirror or on the big stage, the more you practise the more confident you will become. Warm-up every morning and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Taking acting classes can help to improve your confidence as you can learn new skills, meet new people and do something you have never done before; it helps you to become more comfortable on stage in front of an audience.
Say yes to any opportunity thrown at you and take risks as getting out of your comfort zone helps you to become a more confident person. Take small steps and when you feel comfortable, move onto the next step. By doing something you would not usually do, you are breaking down walls and becoming a more experienced performer; building your experience will, in turn, build your confidence.
Know your stuff
Faking confidence is okay and can provide you with opportunities but eventually, it will begin to show. Make sure you know what you are doing and try to always be one step ahead. If you need to, take performance classes, watch and learn from others and speak to other people to get advice and tips.
Friends and family
Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel comfortable. Make sure they are a positive influence on you and your work and are not critical of you as this can lead to a loss in confidence. Remember that constructive criticism can help to improve your performance, and this should be accepted.
Keep track of your progress
Keeping track of your progress will remind you how far you have come, and that all your hard work is helping you to get closer to your end goal. Break your goal down into smaller goals and each time you achieve one, keep track of this as it will make you feel more confident and will help you to stay on track.