If you’re a beginner, performing on stage might be a nightmare for you. Even if you learn your lyrics or script, it may still be tricky to connect with your audience. Many performers – professionals and beginners alike – often forget the fact that the audience has not only ears but eyes too.

If you make your audience feel connected with you, you can be sure your career will be set for success. Here’s how you can surprise your audience with a perfectly nailed performance when performing on stage for the first time.

1. Develop Your Performer Persona

Perhaps you thought that the very first tip would be to get ready for the performance, but before you do it, you need to think about your performer persona. Your daily persona might have nothing to do with your performer persona, so think about what makes you unique.

As a new performer, you need to wow your audience. It’s important that you don’t exaggerate your talents and skills, though. People eat a lie up very quickly, and if you fail for the first time, they might not visit your second performance.

2. Learn Your Routine

Just like when you study for a test, you should study for the stage as well. Ensure you learn your lines perfectly. While there’s nothing perfect in this world and everyone makes mistakes, it’s not the case with performing on stage – especially for the first time.

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Be sure you learn your lines or your songs perfectly. If you have too many lines, use a highlighter to mark the most important lines. When learning, say them out loud or in front of your family members or friends.

If you’re going to sing, find a big mirror and sing in it. This will help you see and correct your facial expression. Even if you know your lines or lyrics well, it’s crucial to master your facial expression, which must not be seen as fake.

Likewise, ensure that you know the right spots on stage. Don’t veer too much to the right or left, and make sure you are always seen so that people don’t get confused about who they’re watching.

Remember that all these people came here for you and you alone. Thus, give them your best performance, even if it means practicing for countless hours for weeks.

3. Pay Attention to Your Body Movement

Your body language on stage plays a significant role, too. For instance, if you’re going to sing, you’re more likely to dance as well.

You don’t have to be a professional dancer, but learning a few beautiful dance moves won’t hurt.

Learning how to dance will also get you in the groove and encourage you to do a better performance. If you just stand there, you will look like a stick unswayed by the breeze, and the crowd will just see someone who looks awkward and uncomfortable.

Own the stage and make sure to create something good out of it. We know it’s scary to be in a crowd, especially when you’re the center of attention, but this is your time to shine and make a difference in your career.

4. Build Your Confidence and Work On Your Fears

When you’re not confident about your skills, goals, and appearance, you have an increased risk of failing to perform on stage for the first time. Boost your confidence, take care of your appearance, improve your speaking skills, and work on your body language.

If you have a fear of performing on stage, don’t wait until the last day, banish that fear today. Fears stop us from achieving our goals and from being who we are. You might be super confident about yourself and your skills, but even the smallest hint of fear in your life can damage your aspirations.

5. Realize That People are Different

When performing on stage, you should expect and accept the fact that people are different and, therefore, each is going to react in their own way. Some people will like your performance, while others might tell you that the stage isn’t for you.

Tips for Performing on Stage for the First Time

If you truly have the skills and many people validate your skill, ignore the haters. Even though haters can promote you better than fans, it’s best to stay away from them. If you see someone’s unsatisfied face in the crowd, don’t get depressed right away.

Keep performing and ignore those sad faces. After all, maybe those people have other problems and their facial expression has nothing to do with your excellent performance.

6. Meditate

Even if you have never meditated before, listening to a short stress-relieving meditation on YouTube can make a huge difference in your performance. You need to be calm and relaxed when on stage. Otherwise, you risk forgetting your lines or might end up looking extremely anxious.

Embrace the art of mindfulness and realize where you are and what you’re going to do. This will help you tame your panic attack and be more confident about the success of your first performance.

It is essential to keep your peace so that you continue to stay focused with what you’re about to do. This way, it will be easier to remember how to do things and evaluate yourself in the process.

7. Turn the Stage Into Your Playground

The audience pays and wants you to entertain them in different ways, so ensure you move and interact. Remember, a stage is your playground, so feel free to play on it the way you want. Strut around, and interact with those performing with you while you’re playing.

Move to the right side of the stage, and interact with the audience there, and then move to the left side. Switch the sides at least three times, and stay in the middle of the stage most of the time. The more fun you feel, the better you look, and the more entertained your audience feels.

8. Don’t Give the Audience a Break

The key to keeping your audience entertained is by never giving them a break. No awkward silence should be there. If you’re waiting for your drummer or guitarist to tune their instruments, consider talking to your audience or singing without music.

Your audience shouldn’t just stay and wait for you to get ready for your performance. They can get bored quickly and lose all interest in your performance.

Engage your audience, and make them feel like they’re part of the show. This will allow you to loosen up and will make the crowd like you.

Tips for Performing on Stage for the First Time

9. The First 10 Seconds Matter Most

If you manage to catch your audience’s attention in the first 10 seconds, then you’ve already succeeded. Many beginner performers fail to interact with the audience in those first 10 seconds and this creates a mess among the crowd.

Keep eye contact with your audience as much as possible, but ensure you’re making eye contact with the entire crowd, not a few people. It’s hard, but you can practice before the performance and ask for friends or even strangers to help you with it.

The earlier you start including these tips in your daily life, the better chance you’ll have of performing successfully on stage for the first time. And once you’ve experienced success on stage, you’ll want to go back for more. 

And don’t forget to practice, practice, and practice. Hard work always pays off.

For additional info, check out our article on beating stage fright.