Did you know that the audience is in your corner?
They want you to be successful… and not in a selfish way… not as if they demand to be entertained… not in the sense that they expect perfection.
What they really want is to enjoy life and to connect with something authentic beyond the routine and predictable.
So, let them know that they are welcome and appreciated… and that you are happy and excited to be there.
Be sociable before, during, and after the performance… and make time for all honest efforts to connect with you along the way. Every human connection you make will put you both at ease and set the stage for something real to happen.
A genuine smile, a firm handshake, sincere eye contact, and a nod of recognition primes the environment to be open and accepting rather than intimidating and impersonal.
After all, isn’t music, at its best, about uniting us in common purpose to something bigger than ourselves?