Imagine yourself at Carnegie Hall in New York City. You are not there to attend a show.You are there to perform. As you stand backstage behind the curtain, you realize there will be thousands of people there to watch you perform.

You freeze.

Your heart starts to race, and your head gets foggy. You feel sweat start to bead in your palms, and you feel like you might vomit. You feel vulnerable, open and exposed.

All of these symptoms point to a fear than most people in the musical world have experienced at one point or another: