When you’ve made the choice to start a career as a professional violist, you are also choosing to become a performer. Then comes the question: ‘How confident are you as a performer?’
Are you going into performances or auditions with a feeling that you’re certain to be playing at your best, and play great from your very first note?
Or are you grappled with anxiety and doubt that maybe started already days or weeks earlier, and are you experiencing the tendency to start your performances tentatively?
Well, when you are like practically all performers and musicians, you will probably belong to the second category, and this happens definitely more often than you would like.
Confidence and Misconceptions
Now it is pretty good that confidence is a thing you can work on, that you can change. You can actually control your self-confidence level to a great extent. We see that, though they are highly successful, many musicians are suffering from a quite a bit of insecurity and self-doubt.
On the other hand, there are also numerous musicians who, though maybe not the most talented, succeeded far better than anyone expected because their self-confidence and belief in their capabilities never wavered.
And I guess most of us are aware that just practicing harder and more will not necessarily be increasing our self-confidence. So what should you do to boost your self-confidence?