Most actors have a hard time admitting to others that they want to be an actor,
much less directly say, "I'm an actor," when someone inevitably asks, "So what do you do?"
Even a Mrs. Sassy Pants like me felt weird saying it the first few times, but you know what?
I'm thankful that I live in a society that even allows me to pursue my acting goals, so I started saying it boldly, and now people think it's cool.
Hesitating to admit you're an actor is typically a sign of something most actors hate to admit: they want more CONFIDENCE in their decision to be an actor.
The good news? No actor is born with built-in confidence.
It will most likely come from surviving embarrassing situations.
I once thought I came out of the womb confident.
My daycare workers gave me the nickname Boss for crying out loud.
But when I look back over my life, I can see that my confidence was built by being in numerous embarrassing situations that made me feel insecure.
Remember that one time when I wore a tie-dyed velvet shirt to a high school football game when I was only in junior high?
I decided to just remind myself that embarrassing things happen to everyone, and the only difference I could make was to learn from the situation and laugh it off.
I could also choose to be thankful for all of the things that weren't embarrassing.
That leads us to today's surefire way to build your confidence, backed by science: EXPRESS GRATITUDE.
This is so easy, you can do it right now!
Join our Actor Boss Facebook group, and introduce yourself in a post by telling us something you're thankful for in your acting career RIGHT NOW.
It can be big or small.
I post a monthly "Don't Hate, Appreciate" actor challenge so we can make this a habit.
This month I posted that I was thankful for coming into some extra moola for my headshot fund.
Signup for these weekly Actor Boss Trainings so you never miss an opportunity to learn from my mistakes and successes.
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