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Conquering your inner critic!

Harlow Holiday at Love Stinks photographed by Grand Moments Photography

As a burlesque performer, it's important to project confidence and positivity on stage. However, many performers struggle with negative self-talk that can hinder their performance. Here are a few techniques to help turn off that inner critic and boost your self-confidence:

1. Practice positive affirmations: Take a few moments every day to repeat positive statements to yourself. These can be as simple as "I am beautiful" or "I am confident." By focusing on positive thoughts, you can drown out the negative self-talk.

2. Visualize success: Before a performance, spend time visualizing a successful show. Imagine yourself confidently performing and receiving applause from the audience. This can help to boost your confidence and calm your nerves.

3. Challenge negative thoughts: When a negative thought enters your mind, challenge it with evidence to the contrary. For example, if you have the thought "I'm not a good performer," counter it with examples of times when you have received positive feedback or done well on stage.

4. Reframe mistakes: Rather than dwelling on mistakes, use them as opportunities for growth. Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process, and can help you to refine your performance in the future.

By using these techniques, you can quiet your inner critic and feel more confident on stage. Remember, burlesque is all about celebrating yourself and your body, so embrace your unique talents and shine bright! One big BONUS TIP is to have someone record your performance for you! This will help you gauge the audience's response, as well as to have a practical perspective of yourself that allows you to assess and edit your act as needed.

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