Psychology of Singing (4)

Sat May 25, 2024
12:15 pm EDT
Rhode Island Room
High School
Young Artist/Emerging Pro

General Information

Imposter Syndrome: Who, Me?
The cast of characters inside of your head walks out on stage with you every time you perform. But can they work together? You are probably familiar with the “Critic” that likes to point out every mistake. Then there is the “Imposter,” the source of self-doubt. How about the “Performer,” who just wants to be on stage singing? What about the talent manager that is in the background bringing all the details together? There is the “Protector” that wants to make sure you are safe, “This could be risky.” And then behind the scenes there are the younger parts carrying the memories of past performance breakdowns, embarrassment, and even traumas. When they show up, so do your emotions. “This is too hard. I’m failing. Run for your life!” You will be introduced to a framework that will help you understand and work with your entire cast of characters. It’s time to learn how to befriend the imposter, calm down the critic, empower the talent manager, and liberate the performer!


Jon Skidmore
Dr. Jon Skidmore, Psy.d., coaches performers to find freedom on stage and in life. He is a performance psychologist, singer and author. For over 30 years, He has taught the Psychology of Music Performance at the Brigham Young University School of Music. His goal is to strengthen a performer's mental skills, so they can confidently and freely share their gifts, tell their stories, and sing their songs!