Like many actors who want to develop their talents, Vanessa Hudgens observes people – and also uses the experience for personal growth. She also develops her awareness through reading, such as the book The Four Agreements.
Hudgens chose to act in “Sucker Punch” – and wear risqué costumes for the role – because she found the movie’s underlying message empowering.
She said the outfits represent a kind of female empowerment fantasy: “If you imagine yourself going into these action situations, she’s not gonna show up in sweatpants.
“You want to be the best that you can be and be the most ferocious. I mean, the costumes gave us a sense of confidence and power.
“The way that I carried myself was different.” [Los Angeles Times 3.23.11]
She has also commented:
“I don’t like being stagnant. I want to continue to grow and just be better at what I do, and the only way to do that is to keep stepping outside of your comfort zone.” [imdb.com]
[Photo from “Gimme Shelter.”]
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Hudgens sometimes visits Venice Beach: “I love going to the drum circle down there. Every now and then someone will let me join in and bang on their drums, and I just love people who are completely free. Even if they’re drug addicts, who sometimes freak me out.
“I’m figuring out how to be a better person while observing other people.”
She is striving to be more aware and “present-oriented” – and strong – and has been studying the book The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz.
“It has honestly changed me, almost. You really have to stay strong, because times get tough. Especially in this business. It’s a dog-eat-dog world. There’s so many amazing actresses who got taken advantage of.
“Someone like Natalie Wood, one of my idols — who knows what happened to her? She was on a boat that was mysteriously in the water, and now she’s dead.
“A lot of women get walked all over on by not standing up for themselves, and that’s just not what I’m about. I’m figuring myself out now as a young adult more than I ever have. It’s like my eyes are opening and I’m awakening to controlling my future.”
According to an Amazon summary, The Four Agreements “reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.”
The Lefkoe Method also provides an approach to dealing with limiting beliefs, and is acclaimed by many people, including personal growth and success author Jack Canfield.
You can try it for free at ReCreate Your Life.
Also see articles by Morty Lefkoe, including ones about dealing with stage fright.
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Being shy – like many other talented actors
Hudgens says “When I was young, I would not talk to anybody if I didn’t know them. I’d hide behind my mom if she tried to introduce me to anyone.” In middle school, she got into fashion – “which tends to make you a little more popular,” she notes – and into acting.
She said, “When I was on the stage, I felt like I was hiding behind a person, and I adored it.”
[Vanessa Hudgens, High School Sweetheart by James Kaplan, Parade.com.
One of my articles: Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts
Many actors, musicians, authors and other artists identify themselves as being shy, or consider themselves introverted or highly sensitive. Some examples: Alanis Morissette, Beyonce Knowles, fashion designers Tory Burch and Tom Ford, Amy Adams, Sigourney Weaver, director Ang Lee.
Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., M.F.T. identifies a number of “famous introverts” including: Joan Allen, Harrison Ford, Candice Bergen, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, and others.
Visit my Enhancing Creativity Channel on YouTube for a collection of videos on creativity and personal development topics for actors and other creative people.