But just like anyone who steps before an audience, sometimes we’re paralyzed by stage fright, says award-winning film director, producer and writer Dr. Richard R Reichel, who authored the new book, “Everybody is an Actor,” a guide to achieving success in the film industry and in life.
“Stage fright undermines concentration and we lose our character objective,” he says. “Why do so many people cower in light of their dreams? Why do they procrastinate on getting their degree? Why do they tremble at the thought of approaching Mr. or Ms. Right? It’s because of stage fright.”
To overcome it, Reichel offers this tip from the Psychophantic System he developed to mold both life and film actors:
Winning your audience by emphasizing character strengths. No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. In order to get what you want in life, you simply need to do what you’re good at. Your audience may be an employer, coworkers, family or a potential date. Can you make them laugh, understand or otherwise feel deeply what you’re expressing? Appealing to their emotional responses can go far. Keep in mind the hearts and minds of your audience, including the setting and what they must be experiencing during the “performance.” Be aware of your vocal projection and body language. You will be remembered for your performance.