Extreme Anxiety and Want to audition for a play

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/18/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Next month I am realy hoping to audition for the Vagina Monologues, if anyone has ever seen it or heard of it. It's a touchy topic obviously, and I'm a really anxious person, but I feel like if I do this I can overcome so much with my anxiety! I really want it! But I have no acting experience and wouldn't even know what to do.
Has anyone ever auditioned in a play or acted before? How do you get ano stage in fron tof a director and audition for a part?

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   Posted 12/18/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Tary,

This is a very common anxiety and is often one that members report early in their life.

Stage fright or performance anxiety is the anxiety, fear, or persistent phobia which may be aroused in an individual by the requirement to perform in front of an audience, whether actually or potentially (for example, when performing before a camera). In the context of public speaking, this fear is termed glossophobia, one of the most common of phobias. Such anxiety may precede or accompany participation in any activity involving public self-presentation.

Quite often stage fright arises in a mere anticipation of a performance, often a long time ahead. It has numerous manifestations: fluttering or pounding heart, tremor in the hands and legs, diarrhea, facial nerve tics, dry mouth.
In summary, optimal strategies of coping with performance anxiety include “focusing on process rather than results, the moment of experience rather than the future, positive approach goals rather than negative avoidance goals, and self-acceptance rather than self doubt”
This is the staying in the moment and not worrying about the past or anticipating what is ahead of you but be aware of the process you are going through.
I give you credit for wanting to go for the try outs.  For me it would not be worth the anxiety.
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Green Grove
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/18/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taryn :)

I agree with all Kitt has to say. . . Can't get better advice :) I also give you props for even wanting and considering doing this, because I don't know if I could at this point in my life :)

Anyway, nice to meet you and hope you enjoy the great support and resources here!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Your bro,

Lil lilian
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 12/18/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taryn,

I know what your going through cause i was like this for a while, i suffer uc and get anxiety with that and nerves all the time. I perform musicals and sing dance and act and nerves are normal during an audition. nerves can be a good thing to as it stops you being to relaxed and giving a dull performance. the advice above is a really good one also!!! remember to take deep breathes as it opens up your lungs and and makes your vocals smoother whether your singing or acting some dialogue. 1 thing i always do is when i'm rehearsing my audition take your material your using back to a time in your life that relates to it and use the feelings, this will keep you in the moment, like if the piece is about love think back to the time you were in love and use the feelings during your performance. i'm also auditioning for 'hello dolly' in the new year and am nervous also so don't worry!!!! good luck and really enjoy yourself and love it!! let us know how you get on!! turn yeah xxxxxxxxxxx
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