I am a sophomore in college, and a violin performance major, and I have HUGE problems with performance anxiety. When I have to perform, I become utterly panic-stricken, and feel utterly humiliated, and the only thing I can focus on is, "Dear God, get me out of here!!" And since I am in survival mode, my playing sounds like crap, and I end up totally disappointed. So, how I can get past this? Does anyone else have problems with this kind of thing?
Also, I go through periods where I think about how much work and effort I've put into the violin, and how much I have to show for it (not much), and wonder if it's all really worth the effort. As a performance major, I really have no life other than practicing. So my question for those of you who have already been through the process is: Is it worth it?
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