I'm a decent singer and am working to improve. But that's not why I'm posting here. My problem, which I could use some help with, is that I'm kind of an awkward performer. I'm mostly okay once I start singing, but if I have to say anything between songs, I'm very stiff. And I can see on video I've taken of myself that even singing I have sort of a stoic demeanor much of the time that doesn't necessarily go with what I'm usually singing.
It does help when I have an instrument to hide behind, and it helps when I'm with a band, but I'm not where I'd like to be.
One thing I've noticed about singers and other performers I admire is that they look like they are fully engaged and that they are performing without shame/embarassment. I feel like if I were to carry myself the way they do, people would spot me as someone who is just pretending. They look cool, I would look stupid, I think to myself. This is the wrong attitude, I know, but…
Part of it, I'm sure, is just lack of experience and comfort level with what I'm doing. I go out to open mics from time to time just to gain experience performing. Does anyone have any suggestions of other things I can do to improve?