“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey
Perhaps the one consistent trait of those with successful careers in Hollywood is that of confidence. They’re not all beautiful. They’re not all funny. They’re not all brilliant (shock of the year). But they all believe in themselves. Those that don’t fizzle away.
So those of you joining me on a similar journey, do you believe in yourself? Do you really think you have what it takes to ‘make it?’
“Well, sure, I know I’ve got the talent to make it, but I don’t have the connections…”
“I’ve written a better script than any movie I’ve seen lately, but nobody will ever read it…”
“Of course I’m just as good as anyone else in Hollywood, but I don’t have the money to get off the ground with classes and training and blah blah blah…”
Having confidence in self means believing not only in your talent, but in your ability to overcome obstacles. This was a personal mental hurdle for many years. Still is at times. Let’s face it, nobody is at the top of their game 24/7/365.
But if your self-confidence is shaky, save yourself from the inevitable struggles and heartbreak tagging along on the journey. Or better yet, address your self-confidence issues. See a counselor. Take a class. Read a book. Might I suggest “The Dream Giver”, by Bruce Wilkinson… or “The Encore Effect” by Mark Sanborn…or “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey (I have yet to read this one, but I’ve heard great things about it)
If you haven’t already done so, prepare yourself mentally for a career path that is as competitive as any. Whether acting, writing, directing, producing, or anything else in the entertainment industry, rejection is the only guarantee.
Luckily for me, I’ve had plenty of practice handling rejection…