Some old-school memories of being nervous.
- My mind going blank in the middle of playing a piano piece for a primary school talent show. stalling stalling... not being able to read the music because I knew it by heart. Leaving and crying.
- My year six teacher saying "the whole point is to make a fool of yourself". This effectively eradicated my nerves and convinced me that auditioning for the school play was a good idea.
- In year seven, drawing a blank in the middle of a school play and having to start my lines again. I was distracted by seeing, in the audience, the face of a girl in my year. I was overwhelmed by the individual in the crowd, when all I had prepared for was the crowd.
- 6th form, sitting on a school loo before a dance exam and stretching my legs to warm up. My calf muscle cramped so severely that it dented in on itself. Adrenaline does weird things.
- 6th form, again, performing a dance solo, again, and drawing a blank, again, and having to improvise some moves before I worked out where I was in the music.
- First yr of dance school. Performing a solo for the first time to a choreography teacher and feeling like the music was going SO SLOWLY. Quickly learning something about how adrenaline speeds the body up.