Imagine yourself to be on stage and you are about to sing, play an instrument or give a speech, but you end up frozen when you step up. You seem to not remember anything. You had prepared well enough and you knew you would be fine, but your mind just gets blown apart when you stand above hundreds of people staring at you. You are suddenly curtained with swirling thoughts and humiliation of having been exposed as a sham. What you are going through is called performance anxiety or stage fright.
Have you ever idolised celebrity performances and wished you were as confident as they seemed? Well, the good news is that almost all the celebrities that you may know of have fought through performance anxiety to get the best of them out to their fans. Take a look at how some of them coped with performance anxiety.
In an interview with Contactmusic, The Amazing Spider-Man actress Emma Stone said that she bakes to cope with performance anxiety. The 23-years old actress said that she developed a passion for baking cakes and cookies while she was shooting for the movie to keep herself relaxed. “I think I felt really out of control of my surroundings. I was just baking all the time. There were stacks of things in the kitchen that nobody could possibly go through. It seemed like it made me feel, if I put these in, I'll know what the outcome is... I was over-baking,” she added. According to experts in the field of psychiatry, engaging in things that one is forever excited to do helps ease anxiety.
The amazing singer that Adele is, would anyone believe her say “I’m scare of audiences”? Well, so she does. “One show in Amsterdam I was nervous, I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don’t like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot”, she said in an interview with Rolling Stone. Does her story ring any bells with yours? Perhaps you should be complimented by someone you have a high regard for just like Adele did. Adele drew some strength from Beyonce when she was about to meet Beyonce and was crying hysterically only to be told “you are amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I’m listening to God”.
Hollywood actress Kim Basinger was highly withdrawn as a child so much that her parents got her tested for autism and other disorders of the mind. The test, however, did not find anything. When she was growing up, her greatest fear was that of reading aloud in class. Kim later received psychological therapy to treat her anxiety, though she still remains to be a bit shy and susceptible to agoraphobia.
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