Over the course of the interview series, there are a few topics that have come up over and over again. One of those topics is confidence. How do you become confident? Where does it come from? What does it feel like? Do you wear confidence as a mask, or is it something that comes deep from within?
I have SO many questions when it comes to this topic. So, I thought I’d do another roundup post. Here are:
6 Confidence Quotes from the Creative Life Interview Series
1. “Honesty and ease with who you are, in toto, reads as self-confidence and is infectious – and you need not be phoney or insensitive when being so. Authenticity empowers others, makes them want to work with you and also to help you achieve your goals.” – Theo Devaney, actor & writer & producer
2. “I realized that all art is not for everyone – some people will love it, some will not, and it really has nothing to do with me. I also count myself in the good company of artists I admire who have come before me and also received scathing reviews. I’ve lived through my worst fear – so moving forward I actually have more confidence than I did before that happened.” – Justine Warrington, director & writer & actor
3. “We’re always role playing – and isn’t that a form of faking it? You have to be able to have the confidence to believe you are what you are in that moment: parent, teacher, etc,, and then others will accept it also. To me, that’s art in a nutshell. We are makers of belief. Our first job is to believe.” – Matthew Kowalchuk, writer & director
4. “It’s very easy to doubt yourself into a corner, and doubt yourself out of a project, but if you really believe in your idea, you’re going to see it through. So, somehow, you have to get to a point where you can convince yourself that your project is going to happen regardless of any other outside influences. You need that type of blind-confidence to say that this project is worthwhile, and that this is a project that I want to do. And that type of determined belief is what will propel a project through from inception to completion. If you don’t believe in your idea, if you don’t believe in yourself enough to actually implement that idea, you’ll never get it off the ground.” – Alex Coles, director & producer
5.“Just do it. I’m absolutely for preplanning things that need to be preplanned and working out all of the angles for safety and effectiveness, but there comes a time when you just have to do it. I have found that where others have maybe hesitated or doubted themselves, my ability and willingness to jump into something with confidence and passion have earned me the better experience.” – Mike Kovac, fight choreographer & actor
6. “I do what it takes to feel confident. If it’s an audition or role I work it with an actor I trust and ask for feedback. I talk to my girlfriends (we work out a lot over the phone), I try to mediate or do something that makes me feel grounded. I try to change my thought patterns. I surround myself with those I love who believe in me when I can’t believe in myself. And when all else fails I give in to my man’s legitimate advice: Sometimes you just need to let it go and watch a stupid movie.” – Sarah Goodwill, actor
The takeaway’s from this post: be honest about your experience, but also don’t be afraid of trying on some different roles. Play with your thoughts. It might feel like lying in the beginning, but as the saying goes: fake it until you make it! Believing that you’re not a confident person is only holding you back. So why not try believing the alternative. It might feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but try it. And if the discomfort starts to feel too uncomfortable… let it go and watch a stupid movie. Then try again tomorrow.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share your own ‘confidence’ advice in the comments below.
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