Yes, the first few times – even now, a little stagefright appears, and the only way around it is a quick self pep-talk.
Imagine future you, all disappointed that you didn’t take the opportunity.
Don’t imagine what it will be like, try to get outside of your head and just enjoy the unfolding experience. Know that haters gonna hate and feel happy that’s their problem not yours.
You are happy, you are confident, you are smiling at being you, you are woman and free!
This is my own pep talk – and running commentary during uncertain experiences, like service stations, places I don’t normally go, or any time I hesitate.
Once out, Laura tends to take over anyway, with me simply imagining what I want Laura to be like, trying to raise the bar, and, perhaps be a bit of an ambassador for the craft.