Many DJs suffer from performance anxiety, including experienced DJs. While it might be tempting to use drugs or alcohol as a crutch, there are healthier ways to deal with your stress so that you can focus on your job and have fun.
Below are five tips that can help you cope with your performance anxiety. The list was written by Beatsource and DJcity’s MISS DJ BLISS. The Brazil native regularly performs at some of Los Angeles’ hottest clubs and has performed at stadiums with artists like Pitbull.
1. Be prepared
Every DJ gig entails a different audience or setting. The more you prepare your tracks, set, and equipment, the less anxiety you’ll have. If possible, research the venue and type of audience to expect in advance.
2. Calm your mind and body
Practice calming and relaxing your mind and body with deep breathing, relaxation exercises, or meditation. Strive to eat a balanced diet and have a workout routine. Stick with a strategy you enjoy and will actually do.
3. Focus on your craft
Shift the focus from yourself and anxiety to your true purpose: showcasing your craft and contributing something of value to your audience while having fun.
4. Visualize a successful performance
Always focus on your strength and ability to handle challenging situations. Remember that you were booked for a reason, and refuse to think thoughts that create self-doubt and low confidence.
5. Keep going and learning
Getting better at anything requires work and commitment. The more you perform, the better you become at it and the more confident you’ll be. Always learn from your experiences, and don’t be afraid to reach out to your mentors and peers for tips and advice.