How musicians can fend off stage fright with a little editing
I’m going to make a loving suggestion to you. I’d like you to consider going through your social media feed and your friends list (even if there are thousands) and … edit.
For some time I wanted to be a florist. I actually did work at this stunning flower shop in the Marina of San Francisco when I was in grad school. It was quite dreamy. Playing with flowers all day, making up bouquets for dates to give to their partner, helping people create the perfect gathering of blooms for their occasion. We sold gardenias, which I obviously wore in my hair. I took home the “expired” roses for my bath. It was my favorite job ever.
My feed had loads and loads of florists on it with gorgeous arrangements. And I still do love to forage in my backyard and build beautiful vases, but I found myself scrolling past, disengaged with that content. So, I said farewell.
Same with the Whole30 food bloggers. The health coaches. The nature photographers. The homeschool moms. The home decorator bloggers. And don’t even get me started on the celebrities.
Unless you are Jennifer Garner, I Just Don’t Care.
The accounts you follow need to FEED YOUR HUMANITY
All those follows served me at some point in my life. They fed an interest or curiosity. Maybe they inspired me, encouraged me, made me laugh. But I’m in a different space now and my feed needs to reflect that.
Our feeds become so noisy and crowded that they don’t actually nourish us any more. It’s like eating a ton of sour patch kids when all you want is a little stew.
I’d like you to consider who and what are feeding your heart on social media. Are you being lifted up, encouraged, honored as a human? Or are you a commodity to which some influencer is selling.
Are you mindlessly consuming whatever the algorithm puts in front of you?
Take Control Back
Create a curated feed that inspires you to be your fullest, most beautiful self. Pay attention to how accounts make you feel. You are precious and the content you consume needs to be worthy of your humanity.
Just like with Affirmations, your social media feed can rewire your brain chemistry.
When you consistently view images and words that uplift and encourage your spirit, you will find your thought patterns more naturally veer toward positivity. We know that creating a positive mindset toward ourselves is one of the key factors that guards against performance anxiety.
Just as entrepreneurs seek to have multiple streams of income, many of them passive, so too should the performer develop multiple streams of positivity.
Social media, when used thoughtfully, can be an amazing source of passive positivity in your life.
Social media is not the enemy. There is beautiful, creative, inspired content out there that will support you as you become a fuller, more vibrant human.
Find it. Follow it. And consume it with intention.
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Founder of The Musician's Mindset
Katie is dedicated to helping musicians overcome stage fright and believe in their own unique artistic voice. She believes live classical music is a powerful antidote for the division, pain, and loneliness pervasive in the culture and strives to support all artists to confidently share their work with the world. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, three kiddos, a dog, a snake, and a goldfish named Orca.