A Perspective on Stage Fright from Elvis Presley

Most people hate stage fright. But Elvis had a different perspective. He embraced the anxiety as a way of maintaining the quality of his performance. Here’s what he said.

I’ve never gotten over what they call stage–fright. I go through it every show. I’m pretty concerned, I’m pretty much thinking about the show. I never get completely comfortable with it, and I don’t let the people around me get comfortable with it, in that I remind them that it’s a new crowd out there, it’s a new audience, and they haven’t seen us before. So it’s got to be like the first time we go on.

He’s right.  Nerves show that you still care.

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