Quote: "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
Featured Song: DaniLeigh - All I Know
Tonight we’re talking about what happens “After the Show”, as artists we’re expected to give our performances all we have but what happens to the artist that leaves everything on the stage? How do you pick up the pieces so you can hit the stage again? Sadly some of us have a hard time picking up the pieces. After talking to one of my friends about this issue I decided to do some research and learned post-performance depression is extremely common.
-A recent study by charity Help Musicians UK found that over 60% of musicians have suffered from depression or other psychological issues, with touring an issue for 71% of respondents.
I haven’t had the pleasure of being on tour just yet but I know after I perform or finish an event I am drained in every sense of the word. Emotionally and physically I am spent, I have found that I do not like talking to anyone and will require at least a day to adjust.
Being a performer includes preparing for the show and doing the show but it can’t stop there. You must prepare to take care of yourself after the show also. Not taking time to take care of yourself mind, body & soul can turn catastrophic. Trust me I’m speaking from personal experience. I remember I was singing on stage one day after hosting a boot camp the day before. During the performance, I felt a little uneasy but I was not sure what was going so I pushed through (Listen do NOT do that) next thing I know I was being carried off the stage because I collapsed. The struggle was real! So take care of yourself before and after you give the audience what they want or you won’t have anything else to offer yourself.
I think the physical limitations are understandable but what about the emotional and mental side? How do you deal with the highs and lows of being an artist? I think this is truly the “B-side” some don’t care to discuss. Being an artist is hard! Shifting from the lights, camera, action to your everyday life is challenging to most. Overcoming obstacles to get to the lights, camera, and action is challenging. The good point is we all experience some sort of obstacle but it’s important to remember to stay in the present moment. When you are performing stay in that moment. When you are done and enjoying your down time stay in the moment.
Until next time!