Many talented people, including actors, sometimes have uncertainty and impostor feelings, a sense of being a fraud, not really talented and will be "discovered." But feelings like these can be moved towards self-confidence.
These displeasure feelings do not just happen to inexperienced actors.
Kate Winslet has admitted that she sometimes wakes up in the morning before going to a shooting and thinks, "I can't do it; I'm a fraud. They will shoot me."
She commented on her Oscar nominations for Titanic and Sense and Sensibility.
Michelle Pfeiffer said she was scared that people would find out that she wasn't really talented and that "It's been a great shame."
Nicole Kidman admits that she often thinks, "They will look at me to fire me." And Don Cheadle said about watching his performances in movies, "All I can see is all I'm doing wrong, it's a shame and a scam."
But these ideas and feelings are just more extreme versions of the kind of self-doubt that may be helpful. If you think you are not getting over what you can do as an actor, you will probably be motivated to continue to strive to improve.
Keeping yourself motivated and confident, without being bogged down by unrealistic or excessive uncertainty, can become more aware of your emotional responses.
One way to do that is to read interviews or quotes from other actors that you admire, and look for comments as above. Ask yourself if you have similar feelings about your own abilities.
Speaking of Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow said: "I think Matt puts so much emphasis on being an artist or a good actor, and he will really beat himself up to get there. You always feel he & # 39 ; s feeling that he does not deserve. "
And Damon admitted, "I just never know if I'm going to pull it off. I have terrible, serious concerns about my own ability."
These "serious concerns" or fraud feelings can become so strong that they are self-limiting, preventing you from trying for roles or depths of a character that you could really achieve.
A powerful way to deal with these emotions is to use a cognitive therapy strategy to "question the evidence" or carefully analyze your thinking and ideas whether they are really true or not.
For example, if you have won a role, but say to yourself (like the actors above) that you really do not have the talent, ask yourself. Would a producer or director really make such an important business decision such as casting based only on your appearance, without taking into account your actor?
You can also ask your peers to say things about your work that mean you're a fake, or do they make any comments that show you have talent? When you feel like a fraud, it is sometimes difficult to understand exactly what other people mean.
There may also be deeper questions about self-esteem or fear of success that can make any of us feel like a fraud. These kinds of things can be improved with counseling and by gaining greater self-awareness. Read about it, ask other actors if they have similar feelings.
And being aware of your work objectively, in addition to your feelings, can help. Look at what you really do in an acting or performance, not how "imperfect" or "inadequate" you feel to yourself.