It all started when I was four
In the spring of 7th grade, I heard about the school musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. I thought it would be fun to audition (tryout) because I love to sing, dance, and act.
When I'm nervous, my stomach starts to hurt. Then my legs get numb, even to the point of falling asleep sometimes!
So before a performance, I laugh a lot to get out the anxiety and try to forget about all the people in the audience. Once the performance starts, I relax some, until it's time to do my song solos.
Speaking lines don't bother me, but just before I sing, I get a little nervous again until I'm part way into the song.
When I showed up for tryouts, I found out that a few of my friends were also trying out. That made me feel more comfortable and helped calm my nerves a little.
Before we started the tryouts, we were all making jokes just to get a little more relaxed. After a while, I wasn't nearly as nervous as I was when I first got there.
In order to decide who was going to get the six leading parts, the director and choir teacher had us sing a small verse from a song by ourselves. Next we had to act out a scene from the musical with five other people.
I felt that I did well, but you never really know what they're looking for...