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Perspectives on emotional and social aspects of performing.

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    By the Hollywood Acting Workshop.  To break into the exciting world of the television, film and commercial industry, you will learn that, for the sake of simplicity, there are 5 steps to succeeding (as discussed below). You will also need to continuously strive to improve on your range of acting. Of critical importance is that you continue to market yourself…with perseverance and patience.

    Many interviewers and entertainment writers have described Twilight Saga actor Kristen Stewart as “cautious” and “shy” - even a “Self-proclaimed introvert.” I am not presuming Kristen Stewart is shy, introverted or highly sensitive, and I don’t know her personally. But just from my gut reaction to seeing her in movies and interviews, she does seem to have all those traits, like many other very talented actors.

    Winona Ryder admits there have been times when she has thought, “I’m too sensitive for this world right now; I just don’t belong here. It’s too fast and I don’t understand it.”

    Many artists, including actors, are highly sensitive and use this personality trait to be more creative. But it can also lead to being emotionally overwhelmed, if you don't take care of yourself.

    Even if you are an experienced actor or other performer, you may still experience stage fright or insecurity. But there are effective ways to deal with anxiety so you can work with more power and creative satisfaction.

    Exclusive interview by Michelle Tomlinson with booking coach Amy Lyndon, author of The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking. "I love that I can share current information with my students about different casting and on set experiences that I have while out in the field."

    Many talented and creative people report feeling incompetent, inadequate and having low self esteem at times. But there are ways to shift those feelings and build self confidence.

    Self-centered, vain, conceited, egocentric - these are some of the variations on the idea of being narcissistic. We need a healthy degree of positive self-regard, of course, but when it becomes distorted, it is considered narcissism.

    Many talented people, including actors, sometimes have insecurities and impostor feelings, a sense that they are a fraud, not really talented and will be "found out." But feelings like those can be shifted toward self confidence.

    Finding meaning in creative work is deeply important for actors and other artists. Conscious choices to make their work - and their life away from work - mean something can fuel an artist's creative expression and power.

    In the film "Towelhead," Summer Bishil plays 13-year-old Jasira, a Lebanese-American girl navigating through her adolescence, including challenges with identity, sexual awakening and self-esteem.

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