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7 Tips for Improving Your Confidence as an Actor

Holly Bissonnette| October 28, 2014

 

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“Confidence is key” is probably one of the sayings you, as an actor, have heard about a million times now. The reason for the widespread popularity of this quote is that there is an absolute truth in it.

Whether you are an aspiring actor or model, you should be confident in everything you do. However, you have to keep in mind that being vain, arrogant or egotistical is not the same as having confidence. Instead, these are all traits of someone who does not totally believe in themselves and need to cover this up. If you are honest with yourself, you will be able to tell the difference.

 

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While some actors were born with the kind of self assurance that come from the rock-solid support of already successful parents or even friends, for a whole lot of talents just like you, perhaps, trust in oneself may be something you need to work on constantly.

 

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If you are admittedly in the same boat as others, especially those who are still starting out in the industry, you might like to take a look at the tips we have provided below. They could help improve your level of confidence before your next acting audition.

 

1. Experience

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This is something that goes back to the Stone Age. The more you do something and work on that particular activity, the easier it will come to you and the better you will become at it. This goes for acting as well. The more you practice, the more auditions you go to and the more stage productions you participate in, the better you will feel about your craft. This, in turn, will eventually turn everything you do into solid performances.

 

2. Freedom

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When you acquire a certain level of confidence within yourself, you will stop worrying about what others think about you. Once you’ve realized that you are proud of yourself and your talent, you will have more freedom to be crazy, wild and silly on stage and in front of the camera.

 

3. Practice with Pros

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Hiring a professional acting coach is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. Practicing with someone who has more than 20 years of experience under their belt will help you work on your poise both on and off the stage. Solid training coming from professionals will not only allow you to hone your abilities more, but will also make you fearless and believe in yourself more.

 

4. Learn to Improvise

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When it comes to improvisation, the most important thing is to commit and trust your instincts. But, you can only do these if you are assured of what you can really do. Signing up for improvisation workshops will help you get over your fear of messing up and you will learn to have fun with your bloopers instead of getting embarrassed by them.

This type of progress will help you realize that no matter what happens in your professional or personal life, you can take care of it. This kind of thinking is one of the keys to building your confidence.

 

5. Learn from Mistakes

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Before you are an actor or model, you are a human being, who is capable of making mistakes every now and then. However, it’s important to consider your mistakes as lessons rather than beating yourself up about them. Every time you “mess up”, use that as a guide as to what not to do next time. As an actor, you are able to take those mistakes and turn them into something funny, silly or exciting.

 

6. Say No to Everything Negative

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While you are journeying down the road to success, you are going to run into a lot of skeptics. These people are not only toxic for your career, but also for the trust you have built up for yourself and your abilities. Try to ditch as many negative people as possible and surround yourself only with people who will empower you and lift you up rather than hold you back.

 

7. Live Your Life

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Working hard in honing your craft can be tiring to the body, mind and soul. So, make sure you have a hobby outside of acting or modeling that you can resort to when times get tough. The more fun and stimulating hobbies you acquire in your life, the less pressure you will feel about making yourself, your agent or anyone else on earth happy.

 

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If you follow the suggestions mentioned above, in time you will feel a powerful change within yourself when you look in the mirror. You will be able to foster the kind of belief in yourself that will help you pave your way towards better acting auditions and jobs, which are important in becoming a successful actor.

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