In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop rock artist, Gina Brooklyn, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
In order to prepare for the show, I do so many different things! It all just depends on the situation and how much time I have. Surprisingly, I don’t get as nervous before going on stage as I used to- it’s become like an average (but extremely fulfilling) 9-5 job. My family goes with me everywhere I go, which is SUCH a blessing because I truly enjoy their company, and they help bring my nerves down tremendously. There have been some times where my entire family was with me, and others where it’s just been my dad and I. Thankfully I stick to a pretty consistent schedule on the days of my performances, no matter who I’m with or where I am!
Later on in the day, I’ll go to a quiet and private area and spend upwards of 15 minutes to 1 hour in prayer for the performance and for each person coming to my show. Sometimes it’s the rosary, other times is the Liturgy of the Hours, listening to music in silence, or a mix of all of those things! It brings me peace and reminds me why I do what I do- to show God’s love and goodness to every single person who comes to see me. My music isn’t about me, it’s about loving others and telling stories and truths. My call in this life is to love others as well as I can, and I feel like I do it best when I’m on stage.
After I finish praying on my own, my family & I will leave the hotel or Airbnb we’re staying in and head to a coffee shop closest to the venue I’m playing at! There are a few we go to regularly in different cities when I play there, which makes it 10x easier. We play some card games for however long we have, which totally helps calm my nerves! I get a cup of coffee to get that caffeine boost (I only drink coffee before shows- I don’t even drink it regularly LOL!), and it’s followed by lots of water and vocal warm-ups (which are usually done in the car). I get all shaky, awake, and READY. It’s GAME TIME!
We head to the venue with about 20-30 minutes until showtime. I greet each person working there, set up for the show, and grab more water! After that, I go to the bathroom to fix my makeup (and actually use the bathroom ahaha), and then I head back out to the stage to do a quick mic check. Then we are READY!!!! 5 minutes until show time and my heart is RACING.
And that’s it! That’s my average “preshow ritual”. Though it’s not always 100% like this, the consistent steps are prayer, coffee, family time & warm-ups! I really do enjoy the day of my performances because of how fun this ritual is, and after I get to do what I LOVE MOST! PERFORM!!! Being all giddy and excited alongside the people I love most is the greatest gift in the world!
Thank you so much, Digital Tour Bus, for having me and allowing me to talk about this! You guys are so wonderful and I appreciate all that you do for independent artists.
Sending you love!