One thing I’ve learned was that people can tell when things in your life are not going well because it comes through in your performance, no matter how much you think you’ve masked it. That happened to me one time in a previous show. Someone came up to me after that show and said, “You’re really unhappy, aren’t you?” I just burst into tears because I was going through such a rough time. It really made me think about this and notice it in other performers.
Now, before a show, I take a few minutes to empty my mind out, so any issues I’m having are not right there in the forefront. I just go into the bathroom, run some water, and just listen to the water run. It’s like a zen fountain, but it really works.
Varla Jean Merman (X)