"Your mind is your greatest power. Use it."

- Patricia Hermans, Performance Psychologist for Artists at Stalen Zenuwen


The entertainment business is a field in which it is important to perform at your best. The pressure is high. Besides being a good artist, it is essential to perform optimally on critical moments. That is what performance psychology focuses on: by training the mental side of performing, you can become the best version of yourself, fulfill your ambitions and perform optimally at the most important moments.

Stalen Zenuwen offers coaching, training and workshops for performers and others working in the entertainment industry. Singers, dancers, musicians, actors, presentors, dj's and entertainers might benefit from coaching. Sessions can be face-to-face or online.
The aim of coaching is mental training or dealing with a specific issue:



Mental training

With mental training, you'll learn a set of skills that help you as a musician become the best version of yourself. These skills originate in the field of sports- & performance psychology and have helped elite performers perform at their best for years. We also make an individual performance profile. This shows both your strengths and improvement areas.
By training the mental side of performing, you can become even better than you already are. You'll have improved concentration, focus, confidence, mental toughness and resilience.

Becoming the best version of yourself & develop your talents

Fulfill your ambitions

Perform optimally on the moments that matter most


Dealing with specific issues

Artists or performers are human beings, just like everybody else. However, performing for an audience does come with a number of challenges or issues. Coaching can help with such issues, like:

  • Dealing with expectations, criticism and rejection
  • When auditions don't go as well as rehearsals
  • Coping with pressure
  • Staying true to yourself
  • Performance anxiety
  • Practicing (in)efficiently
  • Making career choices
  • Writer's block
  • etc.

Coping with fame, fans and pressure


Plan and practice efficiently

If you have any questions or if you would like to request an appointment, please contact us.

All queries will be treated confidentially and in accordance with the NIP Code of Ethics.


Over the years we've helped many amazing musicians, among them students and alumni of these programs and institutions:

The Netherlands

  • ​Academie Muzikaal Talent (AMT)
  • Albeda College Muzikant Producer
  • Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (AHK)
  • ArtEZ Conservatorium
  • Codarts Rotterdam
  • Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA)
  • Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA)
  • Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (FHK)
  • Fontys Rockacademie
  • Koninklijk Conservatorium (KonCon)
  • Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts
  • NME foundation
  • Prins Claus Conservatorium Groningen
  • Schumannacademie
  • Sweelinck Academie
  • Young Musicians Academy (YMA)


  • Conservatory of Monopoli (Italië)
  • Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium (België)
  • Karmiel Conservatory (Israel)
  • Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (België)
  • Royal Danish Academy of Music (Denemarken)
  • School of Arts | AP Hogeschool (België)
  • PXL-Music | Hogeschool PXL (België)

"It gives me the nice feeling that I am now in charge and no longer a victim of stage fright. Great that stage fright can be battled with these tools."

Singer: Christy Pach

NL | Performance anxiety
"She is prepared and professional. Interesting meetings where I have always learned something."

Jazz musician: Roberto Galanto

ITALY | Effective practice (conservatory)

"During the audition I was able to concentrate and by moving around sufficiently, I managed not to freeze.  After playing a few lines, I even felt comfortable! What an amazing relaxed feeling! Though it didn't go perfect technically, I did show the jury my enthusiasm and musicality and I was able to let them enjoy the music. A feeling that I had never had before during such a hard moment! After the audition, I got the news that I was accepted into the program."

Trumpet player

NL | Audition preparation

"The process has provided me with tools to better train my mental skills, both in preparation and on stage. I have received very concrete and useful tips on studying, concentration, unpleasant thoughts and distractions. I have recovered a lot of my potential!"


NL | Performance anxiety

"This was a very special day. Thank you for the pleasant and inspiring training! I've learned a lot and it was nice to work with this group."


NL | Performance anxiety

"You'll get tools to perform better on stage. After the training you will feel much more relaxed on stage and you will be able to enjoy your music."

Trumpet player

NL | Performance anxiety

"I enjoyed this training a lot and I've become much more aware of how to deal with the nerves."

Saxophone player

NL | Performance anxiety

"If you pursue your dreams, they can come true no matter what."

- Martin Garrix