How Singing Live Helped Zendaya Overcome Her Anxiety: 'I Slowly Built My Confidence Back Up'
Zendaya can’t help but replay the moment stage fright took over her body.
“I used to struggle with anxiety pretty bad,” the actress-singer writes in a blog post featured Tuesday on her website and app about overcoming her anxiety. “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.”
Being one of her “first live TV performances,” Zendaya, 20, remained scarred for quite some time thereafter.
“[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,” she says about the incident. “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,” she says. “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,” she continues. “It was still a little nerve-wracking, but it was cool.”
Zendaya’s advice to those who, too, struggle with remaining calm, cool and collected?
“Sometimes you just have to take a step back so things stop stressin’ you,” she says.