Fearless Performance by Jeff Nelsen

Dear Students,

...and you are all dear to us!

Dan Perantoni and Rhys playing!

Take another look please...and recall why you play music...


Dear dear students...welcome back to school!  Happy placement exam and audition season!!

During this time of passionate last-few-inches-left-of-summer preparation, I've been thinking about you.  You've done so much great work this summer.  Remember that.  And you've taken a well deserved break!  Remember that too!  If you've done too much of either, take note, and balance next summer better, ok?  Promise?  Seriously...think about how your summer went, and decide right now whether you can say "YEAH OK!" more, or "NOPE, NOT THIS TIME!" more.  Write it down, and put it in an envelope for Thanksgiving! Open it up, and plan your Christmas break accordingly...as a practice for next summer...
So as you walk into your auditions and exams this week or next, please do three things for yourself.  These three things I urge you to do can help you get out of your own way, and allow you to perform closer to your best.
1.  Write a reassuring inspirational note to yourself.  Really write it to yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started:
...whatever works for you, ok?  Be creative, supportive, constructive, and be you in your inspirational note writing.
2.  Read your note right before you walk into your next performance situation, whether it be exam or audition or even just a hang with people you might get a bit fearful around.
3.  Let go.
Just let go.  Share what you got!  That's it.  You can do better next time...but right now, GET IN THERE and just do.  Focus on what is really going on, and what you're really there to do...and keep doing.  Critique yourself later!  My mom who teaches singing says, "If you're listening, and the audience is listening, then who's singing?"
So just perform...stay present...
...let go...
...share your stuff.
...and remember...keep breathing!

Jeff Nelsen
Jeff Nelsen




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September 14, 2013

Im a school counselor for children ages 5 to 12 and I’m amazed at how hard they can be on themselves. I’m going to introduce “My Inspirational Sheet” during my guidance lessons. I have notes all over my mirror, mainly affirmations, why not inspire my students to do the same! Thank you, Jeff!

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