Interview: Olympic Diving Coach Jeff Huber on Preparing Mentally for Competition

I ended up having surgery this week (which, thankfully, went well), but I'm still unable to read…

Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Now

Five Podcasts I’m Enjoying Right Now

I was in a bit of a strange accident this week, which resulted in a concussion, some eye trauma,…

A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

Legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock once said “There is no terror in the bang, only in the…

Can We Really Trust Our Intuition When Making Difficult Decisions?

Can We Really Trust Our Intuition When Making Difficult Decisions?

It’s said that we make dozens (or thousands) of decisions every day. From the relatively mundane…

Two Different Kinds of Nerves? How One Type Helps and the Other Type…Not so Much

Two Different Kinds of Nerves? How One Type Helps and the Other Type…Not so Much

Though it’s been many years since, I can still remember a few occasions where I was nervous for…

Could This Working Memory Exercise Help Offset the Effect of Nerves on Performance?

Could This Working Memory Exercise Help Offset the Effect of Nerves on Performance?

A missed shift….a cracked note…a section that felt out of control. Argh! Have you ever noticed how…

Stereotype Threat: The Paradox of Becoming Exactly What You’re Trying to Prove That You’re Not. (Huh?!)

Stereotype Threat: The Paradox of Becoming Exactly What You’re Trying to Prove That You’re Not. (Huh?!)

Nowadays, screened orchestral auditions are the norm. But it wasn’t so long ago that the audition…

Need a Little Shot of Optimism? Try the

Need a Little Shot of Optimism? Try the “Best Possible Self” Exercise

Being optimistic is easy when it's several months out from a big audition. You still have plenty of…

Can We Train Ourselves to Be Less Anxious?

Can We Train Ourselves to Be Less Anxious?

“Huh?”, blurts the voice in your head as you notice your stand partner making a face. Was that a…