Your first live performance is an important milestone in your career in the performing arts. This can bring about questions about how to prepare so this first one can go as smoothly as possible.

To help you prepare, this is a list of 8 things you can do to get your mind and body right so you can fully put your talent on display and dazzle your friends, family and other members of the audience.

essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, or ylang-ylang to help calm your your nerves. They also work as great, all natural sedatives if you’re having trouble sleeping before the big day.

vocal cords is good as any. Some pros even suggest light exercise before performing to get your blood pumping and improve your mood.

7. Get Loose

Hours before your performance isn’t when you should be reciting. If you’ve been practicing efficiently, you should already be ready days, if not, weeks in advance.

Instead, you should be relaxing your mind and body by doing some of your favorite things that make you happy. Listen to your favorite music, watch cat videos on Instagram, maybe watch some comedy skits on Youtube. Do things that you would do on your down time at home when you don’t have a care in the world.

8. Remind Yourself That It Won’t Be Perfect

Things go wrong at some point or another in many live performances; it’s completely natural and believe it or not, most audiences actually understand this! As long as you stay calm and keep yourself centered, you’ll do fine! Most cases it’s a technical problem, so the show’s staff will already be working on fixing the problem, so you shouldn’t be too worried about it.