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How To Successfully Build Confidence for Acting

A good actor can only act as well as their confidence allows. There are a number of skills that need to be learnt before getting in front of the camera, but almost all of them eventually come down to having the confidence not just to utilise those skills effectively, but also having enough confidence to always nail a scene, no matter how much the director asks of you.

And while some people are born naturally confident, even they will need to take the time to learn and develop ways to use that confidence in a ways that lends itself to making them naturally more likeable while in front of a camera, but also with enough conviction to make the audience believes that they are living the role rather than just playing it.

These are some helpful tips for building confidence over time.

1. Train With Professionals

A lot of what can be learnt in acting can be done through watching and learning from actors that have already established themselves.

If they’ve become well-known actors, then this means that they have taken the time to build their confidence, and it can be a powerful learning experience for those wanting to follow in their footsteps.

2. Be Prepared

Acting is one of the most diverse professions in the world, and you might find yourself being asked to play anything from a simple husband character to an alien in world of science fiction.

No matter the role, it’s important to take the time to prepare for it in every way possible, whether it’s creating your own backstory for the character, developing individual mannerisms for that character, or just learning how to use that character’s strength to be more convincing in front of the camera.

Even just spending sometime playing video games with friends or can slowly build confidence.

3. Take Workshops

Improvisation is considered one of the greatest skills that a budding actor can learn, and the fastest way to get an in-depth knowledge into how improvisation works is by taking a workshop. These professional classes help you learn to trust your own instincts and to commit completely to a role.

They also teach you how to deal with the mistakes that you will make while acting, and that some of the best moments both on screen and on the theatre sometimes come from messing up, but having the confidence to turn your mistake into something truly memorable.

4. Avoid Negativity

Negative, better, and jealous people are the biggest confidence vampires in the world, and you must always try and avoid them as much as possible.

Surrounding yourself with other skilled, positive people is extremely important, as it will allow you and them to create an environment where everyone can learn and grow.

5. Live Life Fully

Confidence often means having to leave your comfort zone and seeking out better people and the opportunities that life has to offer.

It’s extremely easy to get stuck in position that seems too comfortable to leave, but this can turn out to be the enemy of real confidence in the long run.

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