On Tuesday this past week, I submitted for a small role in a feature film. I have been submitting like crazy for any and all background roles I find, but I usually get too nervous to submit for featured roles. I received the casting call […]
Ever since I was in middle school, I’ve found journaling to be an incredibly helpful tool to help with life’s toughest problems. Up until last year, it was just me writing out my feelings whenever I needed to. But in the past year I have […]
Feel like you don’t have what it takes to achieve your dreams? Reciting affirmations can help you change your mindset and give you the confidence you need to just go for it!
I recommend reciting affirmations at least once per day. I find affirmations on YouTube for whatever I may be having a hard time with that day. They aren’t a cure-all, but they certainly help.
A few affirmations for achieving your dreams:
- I am worthy of my dreams.
- I am capable of achieving my dreams.
- I am smart and able to overcome any obstacle that comes my way.
- Everything I need to succeed I already have inside me.
- I was given this dream for a reason.
- Someone out there needs me to achieve this dream.
- All my hard work towards my dream is paying off.
- I will make all my dreams come true!
- I am confident in my ability to successfully succeed. (That last one is actually a Spongebob Squarepants quote, but I love it. 🙂 )
Do you use affirmations? What’s your favorite affirmation? Share it in the comments below!
For an audio/video version of this list, click here.
These are the affirmations I use when I am preparing for any kind of singing performance. I recommend saying affirmations at least once per day: at morning, at night, or right before you rehearse. I am a great singer. I am always improving as a […]
The following affirmations are what I’ve been using for my community theatre roles. I write or recite them any time I start feeling nervous or unsure about my acting ability. You can also read them when you wake up or right before you go to […]
At the end of October, I performed as Annie Knowby in a local production of “Evil Dead the Musical.”
When I first started preparing for this role, I was, as usual, equal parts nervous and excited. I was excited to finally have a chance at a bigger part in a show to help develop my acting chops. I was nervous about some of the things I was going to have to do: sing a solo, scream, awkwardly almost kiss one of the other actors, die, and just acting in general (I know, I have some weird hang ups).
As soon as I learned I was cast, I immediately looked up which songs my character sang, bought them, started listening to them on repeat, and as soon as I could started singing along. I knew if I showed up to the first rehearsals (which, in this show, were our music rehearsals) unpracticed, I would freeze up when it came time to sing my pieces. Instead, I was able to sing with some confidence the first time I had to sing in front of the other cast members. I never felt nervous about singing my songs at rehearsal.
I also began preparing my lines as soon as I got my script. The more I prepare and practice at home, the more confident I feel when I get to rehearsal/performance time. I practiced screaming in the car (so as not to alarm my neighbors) and recorded myself doing my death scene. I researched acting tips and awkward kisses and anything I could think of that might help me.
The other thing I did was write and recite affirmations. Any time I started to feel nervous or like I was not good enough to perform this role, I would identify the negative emotion I was feeling and turn it into a positive affirmation. For example:
Negative- I do not have as much training as the rest of the cast.
Positive- I am always improving as an actor. I am exactly where I need to be and do not compare myself to others.
I think that was probably the thing that helped me the most. If I had gone into each rehearsal and practice session with my negative mindset, I would have not been able to do any of the things I initially felt nervous about. By putting myself in a positive place, I felt better about my acting choices, I performed better, and had a ton of fun, instead of spending all my energy on feeling down about myself.
By the time opening night rolled around, I barely felt nervous at all. I was confident, I had prepared the best that I could for where I am in my acting journey, and most of all, I was excited to perform what has been my favorite show to date.
Once upon a time, performing a solo in a musical was just a crazy dream I didn’t even dare say aloud. Guys, if I can go from that to singing by myself and acting in front of a couple hundred people, you can do anything you put your mind to. Seriously. Up until I was cast for this role, I thought I would never be able to do that. Believe in yourself and put in the work and you can do anything.