I know this may sound simple, but when you arrive, find out where your charge/warm-up areas are. Find out where the bathrooms are, and find and get familiar with the backstage staff (if there is a dedicated one/two). Be genuinely lovely to your fellow competitors/performers; they are as nervous as you are & having a great vibe backstage, will significantly affect your performance.
Not a particularly social person, that’s ok, ask them questions, you have “Pole”, ask things like where they Pole, how far they have come to perform, what keeps them coming back, ask about their performance piece, costume, shoes, hair & makeup and take an interest in what they offer in return, so you can use that to lead the conversation. You never know you could hit it off & make life long friends.
Keep track of your stuff
When backstage with any number of other people, its always a good practice to put all the stuff you take off, back into your bag & keep your costume-related things together. I like two bags within my gym bag, one that has my general warm-up/every day wear & the other Costume & Costume related stuff. Then as I take off items, I place back into the appropriate bag than, I can quickly find it, without having to the empty the contents of my entire lout, and run the risk of losing or misplacing, particular costume items before your big performance.
Water & Snacks
Have a water bottle, filled with water backstage; this will help keep you hydrated. However, I am betting that the first thing you will want, when you step off stage after your performance is a drink of water. So keep it handy.
Take all the snacks, a selection of stuff, sweets, savoury, items of substance & light snacks. You will never know what you will want & these events tend to go all day/night and to have a selection of things to pick over when you feel up to it, means you won’t have to go looking for food and miss important information or place additional stress on your time.
Hope these help you make the most of your time on stage.
Written by Leeanne Taylor