Singing in front of a crowd has always been a nerve-wracking thing for me. The only people I really ever sung around growing up was my family. I remember back in elementary school, third-grade Marylou wanted to join the talent show and ended up crying in front of her class when the teacher asked her to sing. It was traumatizing. However, throughout the years I learned how lucky I am to be surrounded by people who have encouraged and pushed me to get myself out there and overcome my fear.
Since that traumatic experience back in third grade, I am proud to say that I have overcame that fear and accomplished quite a few things. A few examples would be back when I ended up winning my high school’s singing competition (twice) as well as SFU’s Got Talent back in 2018. Of course, I know that there is still a lot I could improve on, however, here are a few things that have helped me throughout the years!
1. Practice, Practice, Practice!
If you’re a singer you probably hear this a lot, but practice really does make perfect. With more practice, you become more comfortable and confident in the song(s) you are singing! So sing in the shower, at home, in the car, honestly anywhere and everywhere will do the trick!
2. Join a Choir/Singing Group
A lot of my fear came from the anxiety of being alone on a stage for everyone to see. What helped me get more comfortable on stage was joining a choir in high school. The idea of being around friends while doing what you love to do, makes performing a lot easier. In the process of joining, I actually met a few of my best friends who have turned into some of my greatest supporters when it comes to music.
3. Invest in Singing Lessons
One thing I can’t stress enough, is the importance of singing lessons. When I was around 12/13 years old, I asked my parents if I could enroll in singing lessons for a year. I can confidently say that going to those classes when I was young set up a strong foundation for me as I got older. Training with a professional while you’re starting, allows you to develop good habits that will stick with you as you continue your musical journey! So if you have the money and time to invest in it, I would highly encourage you to do so!
I hope that these tips were helpful and encouraging to anyone struggling to overcome the fear of singing in front of people. That first step is the most difficult, but it only gets easier from then on!