Last Friday, I was in Monterey to perform a scene from “The Grapes of Wrath” at a Mumford & Sons tribute to Steinbeck.
In truth, I hadn’t officially acted for three years and I hadn’t been on stage in ten years. More frightening still was the fact that I would be a performing in a depression era American accent; an accent far different than my rough and ready kiwi (New Zealand) vernacular.
When we arrived in Monterey, I discovered that we would be performing in a packed house, a ginormous theatre that seated over 1000 people.
All the ingredients for stage fright were present, and I found myself wondering why on earth I had said yes to this freakin’ amazing opportunity.
What was my secret for avoiding stage fright and getting the job done?
Personally, I used a version of the nike saying, choosing to forget everything that is not relevant, the crowd, my inexperience and my kiwi accent… and I just bloody well did it without thinking too much!