In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop artist, Miss Krystle, shares what she does before every show. You can check out her rituals, after the break.
I have always taken music very seriously, so it probably is not a surprise that my preshow rituals have always been fairly rigorous. I had the hardest time singing when I was younger. My voice was never consistent, and my vocal chords have a tendency to tighten up when I get nervous (ugh!), which makes hitting big notes nearly impossible. In my commitment to always put on the best show possible, I started implementing pre-show regimens to help overcome my stage freight, starting with vocalizing.
The most important pre-show ritual is vocalizing. I have an incredibly busy schedule and am guilty of letting my voice get out of shape from time to time. When I know I have a show coming up, I vocalize once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and then again at night before rehearsal. Day-of-show, I go on vocal rest for as much of the day as possible. No whispering, no talking, no nothing. I typically will not rehearse the night before a show either.
Diet is another huge preshow ritual. I used to be so scared of not being or looking my best, so I often did not eat much around a show. However, dehydration and zapped energy never helped any singer. I became vegan as the most grandiose pre-show ritual possible. Cutting meat and dairy out of my diet altogether did wonders for my energy, my confidence, my body aesthetic, and most importantly, the consistency in my singing. I get to eat however much of the most amazing food I want, and I always feel great.
Lastly, learning to go with the flow and perform under the worst conditions is also an important preshow ritual. Everything that can go wrong often does. Practicing under difficult conditions is a fantastic rehearsal for the real show. If you know how to push through feeling exhausted and frustrated, then your show starts becoming more and more consistent. At the end of the day, everything is for my fans, and they deserve the best show possible, regardless of how I am feeling. They are the reason I do this, truly.
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