Kate Bosworth thinks “all actors are insecure.. I certainly am… I think almost all artists are insecure. I don’t ever watch myself and think, ‘That was great, I hit it out of the park!’ Never…
“One of the things I love most about this job is that I don’t feel like you can ever master it.
“I think you’re always learning and you’re always growing, and even when you think you’re at the top of your game, there’s always something else that you can do and learn.
“If I wanted to fall into a niche where I knew I was really good at something, I could do that and I could feel secure there.
“But I don’t want to do that, I want to do things that challenge me, that I will be scared doing, because I’m not the best at it.”
[Fashion Wire Daily, Jun 22 2006]
In a conversation among a group of actors about their work, Kate Winslet commented about acting in “Wonder Wheel” (2017):
“Well, I mean Woody Allen is an extraordinary writer. And he’s obviously known for having created extraordinary roles, very powerful complicated roles for women for many years.
“And to join that lineage of incredible actresses made me feel terrified.”
Winslet also said: “It takes years to acquire confidence — whatever your chosen vocation is. To have the confidence to be who you are.” …
Annette Bening notes:
“When you’re a creative person, whatever your field — writing or painting or singing, acting — there’s always a certain amount of insecurity or uncertainty or there’s a search going on and, in a way, that never really stops.
“What you were describing when you were working with Woody, that’s always there.”
But, she adds, “You want to be in a place of uncertainty, a place that maybe something surprising could happen.”
Alison Lohman has commented on the value of not feeling secure:
“With any film and even theater, you never get over being scared and overwhelmed, because it’s a new character and that brings on a whole new set of circumstances.
“That’s the exciting part of it – it’s those nerves that bring you to a higher level and makes you more hyper-aware. It makes your performance better.” [Hollywood Reporter, Mar 5 2003]
Mira Sorvino has talked about her own struggles with insecurity and self-condemning inner messages:
In an interview a while after winning an Academy Award (1996) for Mighty Aphrodite, she commented:
“As a youth, I hated myself for not being good enough.
“All my inadequacies and failures, not being kind enough, generous or understanding enough, would assail me at night.
“It became a habit to be guilty and self-castigating, not liking myself because I was unworthy. There was no exit.”
From my article Gifted and Talented but Insecure.
Like many artists and creative people, Pierce Brosnan has experienced self-critical feelings and thoughts. He has commented:
“I know what it’s like to loathe oneself. To feel that deep self-loathing.
“It’s painful and ugly and f**ing unwanted.
“And it got in the way. I can dip in there, into the old black-Irish melancholy.
“You think ‘Am I smart enough? Am I equipped enough to deal with it all?’
“You don’t want it to happen, but it’s part of life.”
From article Pierce Brosnan on being self-critical.
Meryl Streep has said,
“I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing…
“You can have a perfectly horrible day where you doubt your talent…
“Or that you’re boring and they’re going to find out that you don’t know what you’re doing.”
If insecurity or anxiety is too high, though, it can interfere with your creativity and performance.
Some very talented actors such as Kim Basinger have had therapy or other medical treatment, and found they not only felt better, but could work more freely and passionately.
And there are many self-help programs to help people deal with anxiety.
Some related articles:
Talented, But Insecure [from the site of my main book: “Developing Multiple Talents”]
Taylor Swift: “I doubt myself 400,000 times per 10-minute interval.”
Will Smith has said, “I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.”
Emily Mortimer, even though an established actress, especially on account of her role in the TV show The Newsroom, still doubts her abilities:
“I’m probably far too self-conscious to be an actress.” She says she spends most of her working days “just saying the f—ing lines over and over, and walking out of the trailer just hoping it’s going to stay in your head until you get to the set, and you almost [think that] if you move your head a little bit it might fall out of one ear.”
Also see Anxiety Relief Products / Programs.