Follow Your Instincts

make your choice and own it!

make a choice and own it!

Are you in a CREATIVE profession? Are there TOO MANY VOICES in your head? How do you know who’s right and who’s wrong?

Trouble is you don’t. Why? Because–

Creative Expression is SUBJECTIVE.

Some people “get you” and some people don’t.
ActorsWritersMusiciansDirectors and Stand-up Comics–
have highs and lows depending on how well their–

  • last film did at box office –
  • their last TV show placed in the Nielsen Ratings –
  • their last gig…

Whatever IT was, IT became the new measurement on the — STARMETER OF LIFE.

PRESSURE? You bet! Especially when there are SO many effing cooks on every creative project.

Chances are if you’re good at what you do and you’re making money at it, there are moments when your Confidence is MIA!

One of the worst things we can do when we suffer from “Insecurititis” (ultra contagious, especially for Actors) is to ask too many people for their OPINIONS.

Go ahead, ask ten people to tell you their favorite film, TV show, song, artist or play and odds are you’ll get different answers. It all depends on taste. Some people think gross-out comedy is the be-all-end-all, but some people are repelled by it. Romantics love romcoms, but others find them more torturous than a horror movie. Speaking of horror movies, I don’t care how well they do, when my agent tries to get me to audition for one, I pass.  It’s wayyy to scary to put myself in that world!

I’ve learned to listen to my own voice. Especially when other people’s opinions are different from each other’s.

Acting Classes and Acting Coaches are great,

but too many at the same time can be confusing. I’ve picked the one coach who gets me and who I get. We both have the same goal (which is for me to get a job STAT!) And I’m keeping her a secret for obvious reasons (starting with my “insecurititis” ahaha!)

Everyone has an opinion, but that doesn’t mean he|she should give advice. When my agent Josh starts talking to me about what I should wear in an audition, I look at what he wears and what I wear and I say to myself,

Um Evie — trust your own instincts.

In the end you need to listen to your own voice, right?  Otherwise you’ll be blaming everyone else for the wrong choices they made for you. And that’s NOT funny.

When did you last trust your instincts? Happy with the results?
What about when you didn’t? How’d that work out for you?
(share in the comments)

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4 responses to “Follow Your Instincts”

  • Nictate:

    There you go again, being wise beyond your years.

    A counselor once told me, “Trust your gut, because it’ll be right 98% of the time.” Probably the best advice I ever got.

    All we have that’s truly ours is our unique POV on the world. That’s what’s going to get you noticed and what will keep you sane and balanced. (I’m thinking of Jane Lynch — a true one-of-a-kind and look how it’s paid off!)

    • Evie...:

      It is good advice and those are great odds. Would luv luv luv to have a career like Jane Lynch’s. She’s totally her own special self and we can’t get enough of her, right?

  • I think we underestimate the power of our “gut” & those “gut feelings” that we get. Whenever I’ve listened to my own intuition, things have usually worked out fine. Whenever I choose to ignore it, then things usually end up not working out as well…or I end up in a situation where I just don’t feel comfortable. Only you know what’s right for YOU. Its good to get advice but eventually theres a point where you have to tune out the background noise and just go with what you feel is best.
    .-= Check out Skinny Dip´s latest: Scream at the Top of your Lungs =-.

    • Evie...:

      Luv what you wrote because it’s so true and something I need to keep reminding myself. Next time I’m unsure, I’ll replay your voice encouraging me to believe in my own.

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