In her article on stage fright, Sara Solovitch, discusses many of the feelings familiar to performers. As a therapist in nyc, working with performing artists on this issue is one of the most rewarding. She writes-
"Now, even though my technical abilities had improved significantly, I cared less about the mistakes and more about communication, about creating a connection with people. That’s what any good performance does; it connects with its audience on an emotional level. I’d spent so many hours behind closed doors, practicing and practicing, and now I wanted to share.
But overcoming stage fright wasn’t like bungee jumping. I couldn’t just leap into the void and assume the rope would hold. Some musicians thrive on the adrenaline of live performance. They’re the ones who play better before an audience than they play in the practice room."
Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/overcoming-a-lifetime-of-stage-fright.html?