In this Preshow Rituals segment, the singer-songwriter, Malynda Hale, shares what she does before every show. You can check out her rituals, after the break.
As I’ve grown as a performer, the way I prepare for a show has changed. I used to warm up for at least 30 minutes, take a nap, drink a lot of water and tea and go over every single song in my head 3-4 times. I still do a few of those things, but I’ve also adopted new pre-show rituals that help me put on the best show possible. Here are a few:
Watch Performances of My Favorite Artists
I know it may seem odd that I would go down the YouTube rabbit-hole before I sing. But watching performances of artists I look up to really inspires me. It reminds me that I’m about to do what they are doing and I’m growing in my career to get to where they are. I also learn from watching them. Becoming a strong performer is a process and you can never stop learning and evolving.
You give so much of yourself when you perform, both emotionally and physically. It’s so important to feel energized and rested. So I take 20 minutes to close my eyes and rest. I usually don’t fall asleep, but the relaxation recharges me.
My faith is a huge part of my life. Besides being a full-time singer/songwriter I am also a worship leader. It’s important for me to give back in that way. Getting myself centered and grateful before a show by praying is the best way for me to share what I believe is my gift with the audience. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do for a living if it weren’t for God blessing me with the opportunity to do so. I also wear a cross ring every time I perform just as a reminder to stay true to who I am.
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