When I attend conferences like Blend or OFFF or wherever, I am blown away by how speakers can clearly communicate their thoughts and be amusing at the same time, all while many people are watching and judging. Yikes. Artists are naturally introverts, right? How the heck does one acquire this level of comfort with an audience by being an introvert?
As a leader in my local community, I've been asked numerous times to give talks on animation but panic automatically sets in and I always decline. But these people are asking me for a reason, they'd like to hear my thoughts and feel that others would like to as well. I feel awful when I say no. I'd like to say yes, but I can't.
How does one get over their fear of public speaking?
Is public speaking something that has to be practiced, over and over again, to attain such a level of comfort?
Or is it something that you just have to be naturally good at?
Any advice from fellow artists who've gotten over such a fear would be greatly appreciated. :)