Have you ever played a gig to an audience who don’t seem to be listening? The on stage sound isn’t great? You suspect that your accompanist didn’t read your email properly with the set list and they are busking beside you? Or, the set you picked doesn’t suit the occasion?
Firstly, it’s rare to get the conditions of a gig just right (unless you have Beyoncé level of control over the event), so you’ll need to work on how you react to the variables. Never wish the gig to be over, instead make it in to a learning experience.
1) Practice different approaches to getting that audience on side, look, if you don’t think they’re listening in the first place then you’ve nothing to lose.
2) When the on stage sound is poor, see if you can start training yourself to have a better sensory awareness of your voice rather than relying solely on aural perception.
3) You think your accompanist is busking and didn’t learn the set.. then really listen to him or her, if they’re under pressure don’t give them filthies , instead encourage them to rise to the occasion and you should respond musically to what they’re playing.
4) If the set is not working don’t daydream during the instrumentals (you should be listening to your accompanist’s solo anyway but I bet you singers are thinking about some fab high note coming up), instead think fast on how you could change the set up.
5) Don’t ever think the gig isn’t worth all that effort, it always is and you’re turning unfavourable circumstances into an opportunity to develop and evolve as a performer.
Lastly, always see it as a great privilege to be on stage, making music and having your voice heard. Focusing on gratitude in the moment is a great way to ward off any on stage nerves or anxiety.