The Elf wrote:I'm finally at peace with stage fright - it's still there, but I perform through it, and I actually think I need it; it's a friend that reminds me I'm only as good as the last part I played correctly!
Stage fright is the state of realizing that you are not prepared and that you know there is no way to become prepared suddenly. Hence panic. Stage fright is a message to be listened to.
Fear is a healthy and natural response to a situation for which you are in that you are not prepared for. Or that you know you need to be in a certain state of anxiety to stay aware of the potential negatives. Like driving a car for example.
You can't cure it and it is not a negative. It is a signal. You have to listen to its message. It is telling you that you need to be more prepared to play in that situation.
Psychotherapists use amplification of people's problems to be able to analyze them and uncover their message. By embracing your problems you can discover their message.
If you squash the fear (with drugs, etc) you never uncover its message and never learn its message, never adapt and grow.
I was fortunate to know someone who toured with a very famous and popular singer who was terrified on stage. Everyone gave her ways to squash her stage fright. But this person (a dancer) simply told her that she can't sing very well and she must know it, and that nobody is willing to tell you that!
She got singing lesson, worked on her chops, became better and her stage fright diminished down, like the Elf says, and it reminds her to keep practicing.
If anyone tells you that stage fright is a problem to be solved, that is the wrong way to look at it. Try to instead uncover its message. Your body does not speak in words.