Acting Up: building confidence and getting a handle on those nerves

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013


Some of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook know that I recently decided to embark on an acting course.  Why?  Well, after a really energising session with my own life coach I decided to set some new challenges for myself that would bring more joy into my life on a personal level and fulfil one side of me that had laid dormant. It was acting.  This wasn’t decided on lightly.  I’d been toying with this idea for years but always pushed it to the back of my mind but like a bad penny kept popping back up there.

I started life off as a dancer and an actress and had over fifteen years working on stage and Tv and had the best time ever. Then I grew out of it…just like that and decided to concentrate on other things that were very close to my heart…helping people to overcome their fears and anxieties and to move them forward in their lives and be the person they wanted to really be.  As I therapist and a coach it’s really important for my clients to see that I can walk the walk as well as talking the talk.  So I thought it would be a really good idea to chart my progress of what I’m doing in my personal life and hold my self accountable to do the things I say I’m going to do.  If I don’t do them then I’ll share those with you too. Who knows where this will lead but I’m loving it and learning loads.

Plus! which is a very big plus, I often draw on my past training as an actress to teach clients how to enjoy supreme self confidence, present themselves at their best and keep those nerves together.

So the acting course so far has been a great reminder of skills I may have forgotten and it’s been great going up to Covent Garden every Sunday morning.  I have to admit it was a bit scary and I think I was the oldest person there but I just thought of the Nike quote “Just Do It” and walked through that door. And you know what?…I feel more energised and inspired, it’s been a great boost and it’s never as scary as you first imagine.  I particularly enjoyed spending one Sunday morning punching, slapping, pulling hair and strangling students during our stage combat lesson.  I’m sure I can find a use for that somewhere?

The point to all of this is that overcoming your fear and going for things that you secretly want to do is liberating and helps you to grow, gives you confidence and draws opportunity to you. You don’t want to one day wake up and say to yourself what if? I  wish I’d tried… Just do it!

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Speak to you soon, stay focused and don’t entertain doubt.