Being an actor comes with it's challenges. One of the biggest ones is lack of confidence. It can be really intimidating to put yourself out there at an audition or have to play a role you don't feel ready for.
Aside from continuing to learn with classes, coach and simply more acting, The New York Acting School for Film and Television, would love to share a few simple confidence increasing tips for every actor out there!
Prepare for the Worst.
Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Imagine what the real worst case scenario could be and decide how you'd deal with it. Once you know what the worst case situation is, and it's solution, it's hard to come up with more excuses not to do it! We only have a certain amount of energy so let’s apply it to living well, bettering our careers and meeting our goals INSTEAD of wasting that energy worrying. Take action on what you have control over and minimize risks for what you don’t. Then invest your energy wisely.
Imagine you've already done it.
Half of our fear, lies in the unknown. So before you tackle the next big (or small) challenge, imagine it as an already done thing. Imagine what the success felt like, imagine handling the challenges, and imagine how proud you are of your growth. The truth is, the mind doesn't actually know the difference between something clearly imagined and something that's real. So activate your right brain and imagine as vividly as possible, what it is you want to accomplish or overcome. Use as many senses as you can. You may really surprise yourself at the ease you create!
Get a mentor.
Whether it's an acting coach, life coach or someone who's success you simply admire, find someone who's already confident in your areas of weakness and copy their habits. Model their behaviors, patterns and possibly even values in whatever way feels most natural to you. Remember, you aren't trying to become someone else, you're trying to step out of your own limitations.
Don't take it all so seriously.
This is a good one. There was a scientific experiment done once where there were people of different backgrounds all living in the same building, but dealing with psychological issues. As different people would come in, raging angry or in a panic, the leading doctor would say, "Remember rule #6?" Instantly the person would snap out of it. What was rule #6? "Don't take yourself so seriously." (It was a little more colorful than that, but you get the idea.) As humans, we take everything so much more seriously than it is. So you might make a fool of yourself. Who cares? It was the effort that mattered. Life is fun. Acting is fun. Have fun.
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Remember, this is your life. Make it!