How I Overcame Anxiety

I used to struggle with anxiety pretty bad. It only happened when I sang live, not when I danced or did any other live performances, and it stemmed from a bad experience I had while singing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2013. It was one of my first live TV performances and my mic pack went out and I had to perform my song "Replay" even though I couldn’t hear anything in my in-ear monitor. It wasn't my best performance and I've never let myself live that down. I had mad anxiety ever since that.

I DID figure out how to bury my anxiety, though. I've tried focusing my energy on other things, like making movies. And I took my time and slowly built my confidence back up before I went back out on stage to sing live. Luckily, when I performed "Let Me Love You" with Mario on the show "Greatest Hits" last year, it went really well. It was still a little nerve wracking, but it was cool. Sometimes you just have to take a step back so things stop stressin' you.

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