How to Prepare for Your First Gig

Performing for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. There are a variety of components that need to be considered, and the more gear you have, and the more people that are involved, the more complicated it can get.

If you prepare well, you can eliminate many anxieties around a performance. Do the following to get yourself ready:

1. Practice

First of all, you need to make sure you have enough songs to play a gig. Venue owners and/or event coordinators will generally give you an idea of how much time you need to fill. Your job is to prepare enough music to cover the allotted time.

Additionally, if you intend to perform well, you will need to study your material and know it like the back of your hand. Performance is great practice, but if you don’t meet audience and venue expectations, you won’t be invited to play more gigs in the future.

2. Communicate

If you aren’t sure about any details surrounding your performance, make sure to communicate with the coordinator. Schedule a sound check, and find out when you can come to the venue to set up. Ensure that you know what time you’re expected to be on stage, and how long you will be playing for.

3. Create a Checklist

More often than not, there are a lot of things that need to fall in place for a show to go off without a hitch. Make a checklist for yourself. Make note of everything that you need to do before the performance, and create a list of all the gear you will need to bring as well.

4. Ask for Feedback

Ask your friends and family members to give you feedback on your set list. Perform just for them before ever going on stage. It can take time to get acclimated with live performance. Playing for the people that know and care about you can boost your confidence.

5. Establish Your Online Presence

If people enjoy your performance, they may also want to Google you and find you on their favorite social networks. Make sure to set up your social profiles – and maybe even your website – before playing your first gig.

6. Take Care of Yourself

Make sure to rest well before your performance. If you are a singer, then remember to give your voice a break, and get a good night’s sleep the night prior to your show.

Take care of yourself. Eat well and exercise daily leading up to the gig.