“She was a woman of charm, style and wit, and will and savagery.” That is a description of Anne Boleyn (second wife of Henry VIII) by Susan Brigden, author of New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603. Natalie Portman portrays Anne in The Other Boleyn Girl , and says she saw the […]
“The human soul has need of security and also of risk. “The boredom produced by a complete absence of risk is also a sickness of the soul.” – Simone Weil [Photo of Weil from post: “How to Make Use of Our Suffering: Simone Weil on Ameliorating Our Experience of Pain, Hunger, Fatigue, and All That […]
Many actors and other performers experience stage fright. What are some of the feelings and thinking that drive this anxiety? For some performers, their inexperience can lead to insecurity, but a number of people report these feelings even after establishing themselves for years as accomplished artists. Ann Dowd was quoted in a 2015 New York […]
Do you express yourself creatively – or in other ways – as fully and authentically as you want? If you’re like most of us, the answer is No. For one thing, our inner dialogue can be less than helpful or encouraging.
Helen Mirren has portrayed many confident, even imperious, women in her long and successful career. But personally, as she commented in a British newspaper interview, she has experienced insecurity throughout her life. She emphasized that it should be called “experienced” rather than “suffered” – a helpful framing of what is often perceived as a negative […]