In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop artist, katie MAC, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
I’ve been performing in one capacity or another since I was five years old. What started out as an a cappella version of “ABC” by the Jackson Five, complete with a red and white striped dress, glitter eyeshadow, and a room full of parents, quickly turned into my life’s work. Call it superstition or call it a method to my madness, but I’ve always kept a pre-show ritual, though it’s changed throughout the years.
My first katie MAC show was in Nashville at one of the popular venues in town. I had been invited to perform alongside a few pop acts that I really admired, and as a new artist with only one song out, I was intimidated. That’s when I discovered the wonders of a single pre-show tequila shot with my band. It felt like a moment of comradery, it helped me feel loose, and overall calmed my nerves.
As I got more in the groove of regular shows, it became clear to me that a single tequila shot wouldn’t always be the move if I was going to do this for the rest of my life. So, with the help of my friend and bandleader, Kipper, we developed some new, healthier habits (although don’t get me wrong, I still very much enjoy a pre or post-show shot every now and then).
Now, I almost always make time to run or do yoga on show days to help clear my mind. I do my best to pick an outfit that makes me feel confident and like myself, and I show up to the venue with a good attitude no matter what. Minutes before showtime, Kipper and I meditate and I really reflect on how lucky I am to connect with the audience, and set an intention to be present in the moment. It’s all about balance, right?