I strongly believe there’s a primary event aka "trigger" feeding your insecurity as an actor.
In this video, I’ll teach you how to:
*Define the insecurity
*Identify the trigger
*Address the issue directly
Plus I'll share my insecurity as an example to help you better identify yours. They might even be the same!
video outline posted below
DEFINE THE INSECURITY
My story is that I started getting nervous about getting older. I thought it would hurt my chances of booking the roles that I want. I have a clearly defined vision of what those roles look like--supporting action roles since I have the special skills to back them (i.e. handguns and kickboxing).
But I had to specifically define and admit what that insecurity was, even if I didn't want to because I knew saying it out loud would sound silly. Sit and think about what's causing a knot in your stomach. Finish this sentence: "I get a knot in my stomach concerning my acting career when I think about _____________."
What is it that's making you as an actor feel overwhelmed and panicked? Those feelings are very different than necessity and urgency that make you act on an opportunity that will move you forward.
Be on the lookout for:
IDENTIFY THE TRIGGER
Now let's address why this specific issue has presented itself in your life.
Growing up I read teen magazines like Seventeen or Teen Vogue. They would typically have articles on rising or breakout stars. For whatever reason, I always remembered those actors being 24 years old.
I don't know why. I don't even know if that's true or if that's just the number that got stuck in my head, but it solidified this idea that I had to have my breakout role by the time I was 24 or it was game over.
So now ask yourself, "What moment made me start thinking this?"
Here are a few prompts. Was it:
ADDRESS THE ISSUE DIRECTLY
Now I want you to start looking for actors whose careers negate that trigger or idea.
For me that meant looking for women that were older than 24 that booked action roles. Um, helloooo Helen Mirren in RED! And basically all of the Amazon women in the new Wonder Woman and Justice League releases.
Next time we’ll discuss the term “making it,” why it’s killing us actors, and what to do about it.
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