Girl: I was wondering if you had any tips on how to deal with nerves/stage fright? Every year my school holds a Christmas concert. I've never taken part in it at all before but this year I decided to give it a shot. I have never sang in front if a large crowd before. When I get nervous, which can be from reading out in class to talking to a teacher I am close to, I feel dizzy and get shakes throughout my body. All my friends think I can sing and that I should just go for it.
Mikey: This is a question that is near and dear to me. It may not be a new subject to a lot of our fans in the know, but I too suffer/have suffered from chronic stage fright. Being in a band with a fear of public performing is kinda like being a penguin that's afraid of the cold. It's a problem that I have had as far back into childhood as I can recall. Unfortunately, there's no definitive answer. I have spent the greater part of a decade trying to figure out that riddle, and have talked in great lengths with doctors and therapists about the subject. I would find someone you know and trust and talk to them about it. There is no shame in going to a therapist to talk out your problems either. It doesn't mean you're "crazy". It's really effective to be able to talk to an unbiased person and gain new perspective on your problem. Another great way to conquer your fear is to face it head on. You might find out that you're not scared after all. Enter that X-mas concert and knock 'em dead! You might wonder what you were even scared of to begin with.