With the big game fast approaching Up with People takes a look back at our role in the Super Bowl Halftime show. Our organization comes up a lot in conversation this time of year in countless lists both online and on American television. Including our pregame performance at the 1991 game, Up with People has played five Super Bowls, more than all but five NFL teams! Although we may no longer perform on this stage, we continue to tour the world with a new show and a message that is now more relevant than ever.
How Do We Keep Hope Alive?
By Eric Lentz and Michael Bowerman, co-writers of the Up with People show
How do you measure hope? In a recent edition of Time magazine, guest editor Bill Gates assembled articles from a diverse collection of writers and public figures, including Trevor Noah, Malala Yousafzai, Ava Duvernay and Bono to answer that question. A central theme ran true to all of the articles – despite what we may read in our daily news feeds, there is more reason for optimism today than there has been in decades.
Up with People cast members have performed in thousands of shows for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 50+ years. Many of our participants experience stage fright before stepping out in front of large audiences. In fact, public speaking is the #1 fear of most human beings!
Those affected by stage fright experience dry mouth, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, trembling hands and nausea. If you dread the thought of getting up in front of a group of people and performing, you are not alone. Most people would rather get the flu than perform or speak in public.
Performance anxiety can also negatively affect your self-esteem and self-confidence. Fortunately there are many things you can do to control your emotions and reduce performance anxiety. The following tips help our cast members get out there and perform every week all over the world for large crowds and important audience members (like Pope Francis). Put them into practice and these tips can help you handle your own stage fright.
Topics: Music and Performance