If you want to make it in the acting industry, there’s no time to waste being shy or insecure. Directors and casting agents can smell a lack of confidence from a mile away. So study these confidence boosting tips well, as they might make the very difference between you being cast or cast away.
The most common reason people feel insecure are that they are afraid of the unknown (all the ‘what if’s’ spinning in their head), they’re afraid of not getting the part or they’re afraid of being laughed at or forgetting their lines and feeling like a failure, and lastly, they’re afraid that they just aren’t good enough. Well, each of these issues can be overcome through some truth telling and simple practices.
What’s the worst that can happen?
For those of you stuck with a head full of dreaded “what if’s”, ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Then, 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.
Live the joy of it- not the fear.
For those of you afraid of forgetting lines or being laughed at, this is a very powerful and helpful bit of advice. Half of our fear, lies in the unknown. But half of your power lies in capitalizing on the unknown. If you focus on your fear, you’ll experience exactly what you’re afraid of. But if you imagine yourself performing at your best and being confident in front of the camera, you’ll experience just that - regardless of what the audience or other people in the room think. 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!
You’re not good enough.
This one’s the most common. You are always your worst critic and it’s easy to think you’re at the bottom of the totem pole. So first of all, do an honest audit of your skills and where you are in your career. If you think you could improve, you most likely can. So do something about it. Whether it's through a class, 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.