The hardest moment of the whole ordeal was waiting in the wings just before my stepping on stage. My mouth was dry and my stomach was churning. The interesting thing about performers is they're more at home on a stage than almost anywhere else. Many people would never dare to step in front of a crowd, but we crave it and relish in every moment we have up there. As soon as I emerged from the wings and made my grand entrance I could feel myself relax as I settled into the role.
There's an old Russian saying that goes something like this: (I'm paraphrasing) "If you're calm in the wings and nervous on stage, your performance will crumble. If you're nervous in the wings and calm on stage, you will perform beautifully."
I've found this to be true in almost every performance opportunity.
Do you guys have any interesting performance experiences? Perhaps you were an understudy thrust into a role or had to learn someone else's role and perform it? Let us know in a comment below!