In this Preshow Rituals segment, the electro pop artist, SVRCINA, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
I do have a few habits prior to a show on that day!! Some things have been constant, but I do like to try new tips or stumble on something and see what works best.
In the morning, I definitely prefer to simmer in peaceful quiet and move a bit slower. I’m a big journaler, so I will sit down for a bit, journal, do a bible study, and just get centered for the day. On the whole, it’s been a huge part of my morning in general and helps my day get started on a better note. If I can, I’ll also try to go for a walk or run, but sometimes doesn’t happen. Before I get ready, I love slapping on calming under-eye patches, because I have hereditary dark circles and pretty legit eye bags that are not stellar, so it’s a nice self-care gem, and maybe public service to minimize the tired vibes.
I’ll go on a periodic wave of taking voice lessons to learn new techniques and check in with my vocal health. In the last round of lessons I took in the spring of 2020, I worked with Wendy Parr and she taught me how to use VOCAL STRAWS. They’ve been immensely helpful. I now have a pack of their different-sized metal straws that I will use to help me do vocal warm-ups while I’m getting ready. I’ll put the straws in a bottle of water, and have a series of 5 scales that are about 4-5 minutes each. Depending on how my voice is feeling, I’ll use a different diameter size straw, which different sizes of straws mean a different level of resistance. If my voice is really tight or tired, I’ll use a larger straw so it’s not as much pressure. Putting the straws in a bottle of water also increases the level of resistance on your vocal cords, so getting in tune with how I’m feeling will help me to determine what I need to do, and makes a huge difference in feeling vocally flexible & equipped. And sometimes I will also do a few wall sits while I’m doing them to get my heart rate up.
For the most part, I’ve built a bit of a tolerance for drinking coffee, which is sometimes not advised, but if I don’t I usually look and sound exhausted lol. I’m learning personally that simplicity is most often a win for me, so room temp water when I’m singing is generally best, and I can’t really eat normal food beforehand, so if I do eat something, it’s usually pretty light, super salty and slightly oily.
I did also stumble on these ginger/lemon chews which have also changed my life and will eat a couple just before a performance. I will say though that I’ve had to pump the brakes on that cuz I get really nervous before a show and didn’t realize I would eat a million of them to calm my nerves, and that’s just not necessary, haha. A few of them are just fine.
And finally, because I don’t really eat before a show and by the time I’m done it’s usually late, I am a raging fan of popcorn, and specifically the Costco size bag of Skinny Pop. It takes me a bit to wind down after a show, so once I take my makeup off and throw on some pajamas, I definitely find a great thrill of sitting down with a bowl of popcorn, soda water, and maybe watching Heidi for the 59058 time. It’s so lovely.
(photo credit: Bree Marie Fish)
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