A number of highly talented actors and other artists feel insecure about their talents at times, and may be more or less aware of beliefs and feelings that fuel that insecurity.
What about unconscious ways artists limit themselves?
Emily Mortimer – even though she had solid acting credits – said in a 2013 interview she doubted her abilities: “I’m probably far too self-conscious to be an actress.”
Nicole Kidman has said she often thinks, “They’re going to look at me to fire me.”
Don Cheadle said, “All I can see [in his performances in movies] is everything I’m doing wrong that is a sham and a fraud.”
From article Deal With Self-Doubt.
Psychologist Mihaela Ivan Holtz works with creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts.
She also writes about the emotional and creative pleasures and challenges of their inner lives on her site Creative Minds Psychotherapy.
Here is an excerpt from one of her articles on the topic of unconscious conflicts:
Creating and performing are the sources of your life energy.
You trust your talent and you work hard to develop it.
You have big aspirations and dreams and you don’t want to settle for less.
At the same time, you feel confused, unsure, you may even doubt your talents and skills.
Part of you wants to continue. You know, at heart you are a creative, a performer.
Part of you wants to give up. The fear of not succeeding in the highly competitive world of arts and entertainment feels so big and real.
Aren’t things supposed to happen when you put in all the work, energy, and passion? When you give all you have and it still doesn’t turn out as you hope, it’s confusing, isn’t it? This confusion and disappointment can really hook into your unhealed unconscious conflicts and paralyze you.
And then, you go back and forth in your mind and heart, called to be seen and called to hide at the same time. You don’t know which way to go… Your wonder, “Am I chasing the impossible dream?”
The uniquely competitive arts and entertainment world can easily trigger your worst unconscious conflicts. You hear things like “planets have to align for you to make it.” And yet, many artists become successful every year.
While you may not be able to control when and how the “planets align” for you, you can align yourself with possibilities and opportunities.
Your unconscious mind can sabotage your dreams. What if you could understand your unconscious mind and turn it into your ally?
How do you know if your unconscious conflicts are interfering with how you are building your career?
The hints are right there for you to see:
You want to be more confident in your auditions, but you don’t coach yourself to be prepared for auditions.
You want to master your guitar, yet you don’t seem to devote yourself to really practice.
You yearn for the big moment that you get that dream job, but you keep making mistakes on the small opportunities that can build your image.
You want to write your screenplay, but you find yourself procrastinating. …
The good news: You can work with your unconscious mind to support your creative endeavors.
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