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Lesson time 8:15 min

There's no such thing as perfect. Even superstars run into hurdles. If you aren't committed from the moment you walk on stage to the moment you walk off, the audience will know. Usher highlights the importance of perseverance, and what it means to put on a flawless show.

Teaches The Art of Performance
In his first ever online class, Usher teaches you his personal techniques to captivate audiences across 16 video lessons.
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From the moment that you walk on that stage, to the moment you have walked backstage until the light can no longer see you, you have to be committed. I tell performers this all the time-- I tell my background dancers this all the time. I don't care if you don't think the camera doesn't see you. You don't come out of your character until you have walked off the stage. Even when you're in the wings of the stage, I want you still committed. Before you get in there-- before you even go on the stage-- you're getting yourself pumped to go out there. And then you run out and you're totally in the character. You have to remember that conviction is something that's real. And the audience reads it. And if you're not committed from that moment that you walk on that stage to the moment you walked off, they're going to feel it. [MUSIC PLAYING] So you're prepared, you've rehearsed, you know what it is to connect to the moment. You've done everything that it takes to visualize the incredible performance that you're going to have. Now, I want you forget it all. You got to leave space for magic. Your commitment, even if there is a mistake, or what is perceived as a mistake, can be magic. It is your ability to work through very difficult times that will lead to some of the most incredible things that you didn't even know or suspect would happened. You got to make space for magic. I mean, to this day, man, while performing I'm still making it up in my head. You got to leave space for spontaneity. OK. You've prepared. You've done everything you need to do leading up to this moment. You've even visualized an incredible performance. But, what do you do if something goes wrong? You've prepared. You've done everything that you need to do to be prepared for this moment, but now, the unexpected happens. [MUSIC PLAYING] There's no such thing as perfect. If you think you're going to have a perfect performance, you're not. I mean, it'll be perfect because you've sold it that way. And no matter what happens, you're ready, you're prepared. You went through all of what could potentially happen in your mind. And then magic happens. And you know why magic happens? Because you weren't thinking about it. Because you just allowed yourself to be in the moment. I can remember performing on the Billboard Music Awards. I came out there and my microphone completely didn't work. They were scrambling. You got people running on the stage, trying to hand me a mic. I see it getting ready to happen. I'm looking. I'm paying attention. I know I have choreography that I got to catch. But what do I do? I don't run off the stage. I don't stop. I walk over to the podium and I start to sing. And I'm singing standing there at the podium. I'm mad as hell, but I'm standing there and I'm singing right into the podiu...

Meet Your New Mentor

Usher, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, reveals the technical skills, career lessons and breakthrough advice that he has used to captivate audiences for over 25 years. For the first time ever, learn how Usher approaches performance and wins over audiences from the studio to the stage. There has never been a class like this before.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

A lot of this stuff is pretty intuitive when you think about it, but it's great to hear him say it so clearly and demonstrate it through his own work.

Approach performance with confidence and keep moving forward

Loving it so far. The first two lessons have given me lots to think about - ways in which I can realistically and proactively work towards my goals.

Usher Is Amazing! What a gift to be able to meet my mentor in person!



I sing EVERYWHERE*, on buses, trains, on the streets, in supermarkets (avoid the security guys!) walking, running, it's all times for practicing what you love to do. And no, I don't get nervous, heck, it doesn't even cross my mind. Now was this natural to me at first? Heck no, how then did I go from being super shy to sing/dance in public to being a STAGE SUPER STAR? Well...that's what I need to share on my podcast. Which I still have not recorded yet. :( *Pretty loud, like I'm on stage, though sometimes I try to be empathic, that some people may like their peace and quiet (lol), and sing lower, etc, it's all about reading people (even on the road).

The trio O.

Had a house party at my new warehouse/home. We had a great time and we had some technical difficulties that forced us to let it hang out. We made horrible jokes but it was fun.

Kalia D.

...and comitted to these masterclasses! Honestly, when I signed up I didn't expect this to be so dedicated, and intimate. I think the world needs more of these great places like masterclass. What a great idea. It'll be hard to honor all the trust put in us listeners.

Smitha M.

Well i am no good at singing or dancing i am only 8 and my name is Olivia Mathew but i am in gymnastics and icai can do a back tuck and backhand spring ect. Sooooooo can i do that ? ps.I AM A BIG FAN OF YOU AND YOUR SONGS

Sarah Jane P.

Two most memorable and inspiring quotes from Asha: "Elevate it to another level" and "leave space for magic"!

Mikhail B.

This Was The last show i put together...I was very proud of this show and my overall performance


Hola! Here's my "homework", it would be amazing to have your feedback!!! Thanx

Danny D.

Does anyone have any experience with managers?? And how does a performer get one?

TaylorAnn M.

I finally accepted a casting to perform tomorrow. Wish me luck! All of your tips have really inspired me.

Queen D.

I finally submitted an assignment! OMG! It's been hectic on my end but I finally took a quick moment to record one of my rehearsals with Jeff Bolding, my Musical Director, for my Phyllis Hyman tribute coming up in September 2017 at the Metropolitan Room! We are working on a Broadway medley songs sung by Phyllis Hyman when she was on "Sophisticated Ladies!"