Steps to Becoming an Entertaining Musician on Stage

Stage presence is an extremely important aspect of being a successful musician. You want to be able to connect with your fans. Perform your music in a way that compliments your unique sound and style. Here are some tips on how to improve your stage performance, gain a better stage presence, and become more entertaining on stage.

  1. Love performing. If you have crippling stage fright, you will need to get over this immediately. There are certain music artists, such as Adele, that are still trying to overcome their stage fright; however, they do not let their fears get in the way of their performance. If you want to be a professional, you have to be comfortable with yourself, your body, and your music. Do not be afraid of what others think. Do not be afraid to show your excitement. Do not be afraid to show others how passionate you are about your music and what you care about the most. The more honest you are with yourself and your fans, the more they are going to be able to connect with you.
  2. Practice. The best way to gain confidence and experience is through practice. You will need to practice as much as you can in order to find what fits you the most. You can start small by performing your music in front of your friends and family. This will help you get used to focusing on something specific while there are many eyes on you. Once you feel comfortable on stage, you will feel more free to be yourself. Spending countless hours practicing at home in your mirror, watching recordings of yourself, in front of people you know, and playing shows will help you become a more entertaining performer.
  3. Play shows. Practice is crucial but it can only get you so far. After you have enough practise at home and in front of others, find an open mic or a venue that will let you display your talents. Many starting musicians feel hesitant to get on stage because they do not feel like they are ready yet. However, you may never feel ready. Art and music is meant to be shared with others. You may be surprised by how many people enjoy what you are doing. Playing shows will help build your confidence.
  4. Watch your favourite artists perform. Every music artist has an idol or someone that they look up to creatively. Every artist has paid attention to what others are doing in order to understand the expectations and potential that come along with a great performance. Let other music artists influence you. Do not necessarily steal someone else’s signature move, but pay attention to their gestures or movements that you are most drawn to. Notice the way they interact with the crowd. Take some pointers and try to develop your own style. Be yourself. Feel free to experiment. Play around with your different ideas— no matter how crazy they seem. Have fun, this is your dream.

Got any useful tips of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments below!