Artistic confidence – Insecurity and acting

Kate Bosworth in And While We Were Here (2012)

Kate Bosworth thinks “all actors are insecure.. I certainly am… I think almost all artists are insecure. I don’t ever watch myself and think, ‘That was great, I hit it out of the park!’ Never…

“One of the things I love most about this job is that I don’t feel like you can ever master it. I think you’re always learning and you’re always growing, and even when you think you’re at the top of your game, there’s always something else that you can do and learn.

Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns“If I wanted to fall into a niche where I knew I was really good at something, I could do that and I could feel secure there.

“But I don’t want to do that, I want to do things that challenge me, that I will be scared doing, because I’m not the best at it.”

[Fashion Wire Daily, Jun 22 2006]

Alison Lohman has also commented on the value of not being secure:

“With any film and even theater, you never get over being scared and overwhelmed, because it’s a new character and that brings on a whole new set of circumstances.

“That’s the exciting part of it – it’s those nerves that bring you to a higher level and makes you more hyper-aware. It makes your performance better.” [Hollywood Reporter, Mar 5 2003]

High anxiety

If insecurity or anxiety is too high, though, it can interfere with your creativity and performance.

Some very talented actors such as Kim Basinger have had therapy or other medical treatment, and found they not only felt better, but could work more freely and passionately.

And there are many self-help programs to help people deal with anxiety.

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Emily Mortimer, Alison PillTalented, But Insecure [from the site of my main book: “Developing Multiple Talents”]

Taylor Swift: “I doubt myself 400,000 times per 10-minute interval.”

Will Smith has said, “I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.”

Emily Mortimer, even though an established actress, especially on account of her role in the TV show The Newsroom, still doubts her abilities: “I’m probably far too self-conscious to be an actress.” She says she spends most of her working days “just saying the f—ing lines over and over, and walking out of the trailer just hoping it’s going to stay in your head until you get to the set, and you almost [think that] if you move your head a little bit it might fall out of one ear.”


Also see Anxiety Relief Products / Programs and Self-esteem Products / Programs.


Article publié pour la première fois le 04/07/2015