Can Krystal Beat "Spotlight Phobia?"

Have you ever had stage fright? You know, when you're supposed perform or do something on stage and you just freeze up? It's common to worry about this, I think. But Krystal wants to know what to do if you feel this way AND you want to be an actress.

Can she overcome her nerves to be the star she wants to be?

Dear PLS,
I Know I have wanted to be an actress since I was 4. I love attention and always find myself trying to get in the middle of it. There is just one problem, I'm super scared of everyone staring at me. Yeah, I love the attention, but to a certain point. I can't get into character when I'm shaking while everyone's staring at me. What should I do to get over this Spotlight-Phobia?

I have a feeling this is something that takes practice. I think the more you act in productions, such as your school play, talent shows, or community theater, the less you'll be afraid. Anyone else have ideas for fighting this kind of nervousness?

Think pink!


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Anonymous Arianna :) said...

Omg first comment!! I think I'm the first to read this! Anyways...Krystal!
Stage fright might sound horrible and we have the same dream! I so want to be an actress. vie dreamed of it my whole life. Believe me everyone is a bit scared to be in front of a crowd and that's just what you are feeling. Believe once you get out there you will love the attention! I had to perform a dance by myself for my school's talent show. I was so freaked out but I said, "wait, I had the guts to come try out and I made it. I must be good! So I rocked the stage! And I'm sure someday you will too. Forget of your fears and do what you want to do. Just follow your dreams!

September 8, 2010 at 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just say 2 yourself If i've tried so hard 2 get 2 where I am now why give it all up just cause im a little scared? It might be hard but as soon as u start 2 perform u wont think about the audience u will be thinking about wat u have 2 do. So just dont let it bother u!!!!!

Question Gal xoxo
P.S. I want 2 be an actress 2 and that is how i cope!!!

September 9, 2010 at 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot light fright is something you will get over in time. When you find your self freaking out take a nice deep breathe and tell your self "This is what I want to do" if you have the time try counting to ten and breathing deeply. Hope I helped and Im sure you will become a GREAT actress!!!

September 9, 2010 at 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Maude said...

Arianna is right. I also want to be an actress and ways of practising to combat stage fright is the game charades. Play it with lots of friends or just your family. Also when you learn your lines practise them tons and recite them to lots of people. Try to learn them aothat it would be almost impossible to forget them. Good luck! X x maude

September 9, 2010 at 4:53 AM  
Anonymous Grace 12 said...

I'm an actress and I LOVE it. When you're looking at the audience, look at the EXIT sign above their heads. Also, if you're performing at night, or it'll be black except for the stage lights, you won't be able to see the audience. I've been doing it for years with lead roles and I'm still afraid. Look down the aisle. Make friends with the kids you're doing it with. Most of all, before a show, DON'T hyperventilate. It'll make you more nervous. Try to block everything else out, feel confident, and focus on breathing.

September 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous GrammarGeek said...

Try looking at people's foreheads or the back wall instead of peoples eyes.


September 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous GrammarGeek said...

i forgot to say something
Before you go out in front of everyone, try to yawn. It helps you to relax and calm your brain, even if it doesn't feel like it!

September 9, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

The more you do it, the easier it'll get. Looking at the back wall does help!

September 11, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just smile and think, I like this. Everyone's looking at me because I'm the center of attention, and that's what I want to achieve. And since they're looking at me, they obviously want something. So I'll give them my best shot!
Just remember to think positive, and think bright!

September 12, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Abbigail said...

I know what you are going through.
I am a singer/actress who everyone in my small town knows about.
When I was in 3rd grade I played the Littlest Christmas Tree in the school play.
I was the lead roll- and I had to sing a solo!
A lot of people said I was the best singer in my town and that I could do this but most of the people didn't hang out with me much so I didn't know if I could trust them.
Other people said I was the best actress in my town, and I still thought they were pulling my leg.
The day after the show everyone was saying how good I was!
I was very happy.
The play had made me famous around school!
Remember 1 thing, you don't sound like you think you do. Your ears don't really hear your own voice.

September 13, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is she a pretty girl just a asking not in
weird dude way because my little sister is the same way every thing has to go their way
i know how it fills

September 24, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you be great. I act in 3 plays now and relize a 3 thought that will calm you
1. Relize that if you mess up a little bit that audience won't know. They haven't seen the play!
2. Just think. The people who to see play don't come to see you fail or suceed they come to see you try
3. That the embarrasing part isn't that you may freeze or forget your lines it the fact that your good but you didn't try.
Here some thing you can do to fill good.
1. Carry around a little bit of your favorite childhood toy,stuff animal or blanket.
2.Come up with a short song that calm you down. I sing "Big Rock Candy Mountain" in my head when I'm nervous
Those are a couple of ideals

October 2, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I used to want to be an actress but I dont any more. I got stage fright when i performed but if someone i knew was in the audience i would just think of them and try to impress them. If this is to hard i have heard that imagining everyones a clown or everyones only in underwear helps alot(i wonder why)

October 8, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous EAM said...

hey!my name is ellynn anna maria,but my friends call me EAM[that stands for ellynn anna maria].my advice is to pertend the people arent there.good luck!

October 30, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what my big sister says? Picture the adience in thier underwear or something else. And if you still are scared, take some deep breathes. Not everybody is perfect. I have HUGE stage fright. Don't worry. When I get older I want to be a famous singer, and I really think practising in front of a mirror can help too. Also, if none of that works, just turn that body around straight to your mom. You can perform in front of her!! And if you can't? Will she care? NO!!!! She will urdge you on or say "That's okay. You can sing again later"


November 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine the audience isn't there and you're still practicing! And before you start, imagine you performing the whole thing!

November 28, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, im a superstar when it comes to acting, so i normaly dont get stage fright but this is what you do 1 dont forget the audience is not goping to scream "BOOM! RIGHT THERE! SHE MESSED UP!" they dont know the play. 2 take a big breath in, out, in, out, BEFORE yo go on. 3 you are not Krystal when you act, you are dorthey, or anne frank or alice or whateva you are acting. dont worry! your friend autumn

February 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous gurl said...

make sure ur bra is on board! lol

April 13, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'm good at acting too, so my tips for fighting stage fight are:
- HAVE FUN! This is your moment and no-one can spoil it unless you let them.
- get in character before you come on stage. Walk like her, talk like her, try to get your friends to call you by that name. Find the jokes in the play funny, or the tragedy sad.
- laugh before you come on stage. Laugh at anything! Your mustache (I played a man), what your friend said, or just at nothing at all! Also, try singing a song with the rest of the cast that you all know. Its like a bonding exercise, and that really helped me because the rest of my cast was the popular group at school
- try to make your performance something to remember for the audience . They're gonna love you :)

July 14, 2011 at 3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help!!! i got stage fright sooo bad and i shake, sweat and i have to do an oral and i was soo scared that i told my teacher that im gonna do it just to her after class. i always sing solos each christmas in church and im fine and usually the most loudest around my friends and randoms but when it comes to presentaions like talking or reading out loud or even saying 1 sentence i sweat, shake, my throat goes dry, it shakes as well, i can hear my heart beat, i rather die!!!

August 1, 2011 at 6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try improve &sketch comedy. Look it up online or see if there is a class near you.

July 24, 2012 at 5:59 PM  

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