Why Do We Get Stage Fright?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Stage fright: clammy hands, a racing heart, and anxiety about presenting before an audience. Most of us have experienced it at one point or another. But what are we feeling, exactly? Laci takes a look at the science behind stage fright and proffers some of her own tips to conquer that nervousness!

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Tim Atoyo August 23, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Dear Laci,
By quote out of context from different books obviously it sound like he is not consistent, but God is consistent he gets mad just like we do the difference with his anger is, its shot very short compared with his everlasting love.Your statement about what kind of God you believe in is loaded, God is good and loving but that doesn't mean he is not fair and just therefor, he is more than capable in carrying out judgment.I Suggest you read more of the bible before making such claims

Tim Atoyo August 23, 2013 - 8:17 PM

btw i like your glasses :)

Dankphu August 26, 2013 - 3:48 PM

I wonder if Laci realized how sexy she is…

Wulfyre August 27, 2013 - 5:48 AM

Religion: True to the dumb, False to the wise, Tool for the conniving. Don't be the first or third type.

Solo Phats August 28, 2013 - 6:43 AM

you dont like to wear that orange sweater anymore after that one video do you? c'mon… one more time. FOR THE MASSES!!!

M O B September 19, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Why didn't I watch this before auditioning tonight?… -_-''

polynesianpuppet October 12, 2013 - 6:02 AM

you go girl, keep doing your thing!!!!!!

nimim. Marko Mikkilä November 2, 2013 - 12:24 AM

It´s not only about flight-or-fight; it´s also about being left by the group. In our more primitive stage it was lethal to be shut out of the group. And in the case of stage fright; "the group" is watching you! It makes it – according to at least one statistic – the second biggest fear of people in general – right next to death. So, it´s not over nothing we fear there on stage; we fear we are going to be abandoned – and it´s actually a valid fear, although not lethal anymore in the same manner.

nimim. Marko Mikkilä November 2, 2013 - 7:47 PM

Elaboration: Fight-or-flight is the initial alertness in a possibly threatening situation; when you find out what is; it separates into fight OR flight – they require different actions. Sometimes it might happen, that you WANT TO FLIGHT, BUT… you can´t… then you either manage to turn it into a FIGHT-mode – or you stagnate. And the stagnation is what´s often going on in stage fright. So, it might help, if you think of turning it into Fight-mode; "I´ll show 'em!" This is just one trick…

Alpha Girl November 13, 2013 - 7:37 AM

Ha ha I faint

Tressa December 23, 2013 - 10:44 PM

I got stage fright a couple of times when i had to sing with someone else being there, but i grew used to it, so i'm not afraid anymore :)

Deborah Kuhn December 29, 2013 - 7:36 AM

I CAN'T EVEN SING INFRONT OF MY PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I GET ALL SHAKY AND SAY," IM SORRY I CANT DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

William January 5, 2014 - 12:16 PM

nature failed…

gta2201 January 8, 2014 - 2:10 PM

Sometimes I seize up and I can't talk.

Duane Thomas February 18, 2014 - 5:21 AM

I'd rather put a bullet in my brain than perform or speak in front of a crowd/ people.

Funniest G Like February 18, 2014 - 5:58 AM

I sweat really badly, and start shaking

darko March 7, 2014 - 1:26 PM

My advice is to drink a shot of whiskey before you get on stage :) 

lalelulalo March 8, 2014 - 10:19 AM

I don't get stage fright…. because I never go on stage :P

Doc Sea March 10, 2014 - 10:45 AM

I am a Mobile DJ and have been on "stage" hundreds if not 1000 times I DO NOT get stage fright I don't even have to prepare what I'm going to say. I also do Karoke without drinking The more people I can talk to the better I perform talking one on one sucks a little for me. I do however understand most people don't like being in front of people.

kirkland meadows May 12, 2014 - 10:05 AM

I've been doing stand-up comedy for 8  years, I threw up 3 weeks ago., before
a show in  Orlando.

apricot July 24, 2014 - 8:49 PM

why do we get stage fright #teenicktuesday  #victorious i sooooooo want to get into a performing arts school

09999abc August 20, 2014 - 9:14 AM

I get stage fright, when I waas younger I used to shake just recieving a cirtificate in school.

SammyT_Music August 29, 2014 - 1:48 AM

I find it hard performing infront of my parents and tomorrow I have to sing infront of 1300 people. I really can't do it!!! Any tips?

x h March 1, 2015 - 5:40 AM

Im afraid of forgetting my lines evean if its infront of about 5 people my hands get sweaty and my hearts starts thumping and then i talk too fast or put my head down or hands in pockets i really want to become an actress because i like being somebody who has an interesting life.

Mike Walshstein March 13, 2015 - 4:52 AM

laci green is one ugly bitch.

Todd Hollis May 15, 2015 - 8:41 PM

I am preaching my first sermon at the end of the month, just so happens that it will probably be in front of a crowd of at least 500 potentially 1000. I am prepared for it but my mind says what happens when you get up there and you go BLANK! Stomach turns thinking about it. Any tips?

Tealtzt4 June 30, 2015 - 9:39 PM

i have to sing this weekend in front of 100 people im doing a cover of bad blood im super nervous i don't know if i can do it:( i shouldn've auditioned

Bri October 27, 2015 - 8:57 AM

How I come over stage fright:
1. If there are many people just focus on the people in the frount 2 rows
2. Just breath it may sound dumb but it helps so much
3. If you mess up and fumble over words just pause go back to where you started befor you messed up and re state it
4. If you stumble of the words and you just make a raindom sound , laugh it off if the audience laugh it may make you feel much better

Ashie Child December 8, 2015 - 6:03 AM

I AM PERFORMING IN AN HOUR HALP!! I am soooo nervous.

Jocsan Cruz January 5, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Can anyone help me?
I can talk infront of my class and laugh together, even infront of my whole school. But the moment the microphone is handed over to me, my brain just shuta down ×D
I dont understand why. I know I can entertain the crowd, Im pretty popular in school and everyone is friendly with me. Why is this? Help!

Analisa Garcia January 20, 2016 - 7:51 AM

I had to sing in front of my choir class. My face was burning up to the point where my face was bright red. I stopped at 1/3 of the song and everyone was saying I was doing fine but then my voice cracks and I freak out and start crying for no reason at all! What is wrong with me?

kamez 0 March 6, 2016 - 2:05 AM

she's cute

JuliusCeizure April 10, 2016 - 12:28 AM

I believe there are people that don't get stage fright. Its a strength that some have. I know this because I've never experienced it.

Tuned In Student April 26, 2016 - 7:04 PM

Yes I do sometimes

anonymous illuminati May 26, 2016 - 6:42 PM

I have to give a speech in front the whole school and there is 4,000 students at my high school

Dopy Yogi September 30, 2016 - 10:13 AM

So I'm basically an animal I always have adrenaline in social situations

Emilee Stubbs March 3, 2017 - 7:48 AM

yes this is my first time tonight at my play and I had stage fright I almost stayed frozen but finally I got it through

jaydengt5 May 19, 2017 - 1:34 AM

Oh dear god, it's this bitch again.

A Unicorn June 28, 2017 - 4:57 AM

when she said air is good for you i said really i did not know that i have not tried it { :

GamingAtoZ March 14, 2018 - 1:15 AM

Hi I fear what people will think, they will say. I just get blank when I go to the stage or I do anything new.

Anthony Garcia October 9, 2018 - 5:15 AM

I get stage fright

caue rego January 8, 2019 - 6:16 PM

where the 84% comes from, anyway? #curiosity

Abdisa Teshome June 22, 2021 - 3:08 PM

Hundreds of times