One of my favorite aspects of performing has to be the costumes. It’s the best justification for stocking up on sparkly clothes, tiaras, earrings, and shoes. Why not shine brightly when it’s time to enter the spotlight rather than cast a dark, gloomy shadow behind you over the front row? I’ve always remembered this statement made by Marilyn Monroe, a legendary actress of Old Hollywood. “My fans expect me to be glamorous,” she remarked. I won’t let them down. That, in my opinion, encapsulates the importance of considering the visual elements of your performance and your stage presence. Depending on the musical genre you sing, you are building a reputation and a following. Most often, I perform at upscale jazz clubs where people are aware of my attire. They anticipate glitz. Now imagine how they would react if I showed up one night in jeans and a t-shirt because I couldn’t be bothered. They might feel a little duped, I bet. Always strive to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide your audience with an unforgettable experience. This will keep you alive while performing. There is nothing worse than making a mistake and cringing as a result. Nobody desires that. Everyone will end up staring at you, which is uncomfortable for you, the band, and the audience—and not in a good way. While we are aware that people are there to be entertained, we also understand that mistakes do happen occasionally, no matter how big or small. Anything from missing the beginning to the bass player not paying attention and starting to play the wrong notes to your voice cracking severely mid-note could be the cause. Of course, none of these things should ever occur, but if they do, how you react could be the difference between success and failure.