No matter how confident you are, or how successful, we all will face doubt in our lives and careers. Doubt is a grey cloud that, if we let it, will hang over us for a long while and cast a shadow on the projects we are passionate about, and the relationships we care for. What’s an actor to do when faced with doubt? We discuss that very subject in Episode 9 of the “It’s a Slate of Mind” podcast.
How to Crush Doubt Before It Crushes Your Career
Have you had moments where you wonder, “Am I really cut out for the entertainment industry?” or simply find yourself questioning your talent, your team, and your path- we cover it all.
One of the biggest reasons we face doubt in ourselves is because we let the comparison game sneak in our minds. With everyone’s highlight reel being displayed on social media and our brain’s natural tendency to see lack in our own lives and the successes in other’s, it’s understandable how doubt can creep in! But “staying in your own lane” is truly the best way to combat comparison-sparked doubt. Take note of every success you make, large and small, and remember what your specific goals are for YOUR career. We are all different, and our paths will look different as well.
Doubt doesn’t always have to come in the form of comparison or jealousy, however. Often it is the unpredictable nature of this industry that inspires our doubt. Even when we know that there’s no rhyme or reason to why some of us succeed more or less than others, after what feels like a string of “losses”, we can often fear that we are the ones letting ourselves down. Heck, even just coming back into the entertainment industry after my 5 year hiatus made me doubt that I was really ready to come back, or talented enough for it to be worth it. It’s never a fun process to go through, but I’ve found a few ways that help me get through it.
- Lean on your tribe! Let your friends and supporters know that you’re struggling and accept their encouragement! So much of doubt is fabricated in our minds, so it can be helpful to have an outside narrative to get us back on track.
- Make a list of all the positive steps you’ve taken. Write down a list of the actions you’ve taken to make progress in your career, passion projects, and personal growth. It can be so easy to diminish the amazing achievements we’ve actually made! But seeing it all on paper is encouraging.
- Work on a passion project. If you feel like you’ve been hanging around waiting to book or just over the same old same old grind, working on a project you actually have control over can help! Make your own short film, plan a staged reading event, or take part in an improv comedy show. Even those small projects, whether they are career-changing or not, can help you feel back to your normal self.
This Week’s Guest: Lauren Buglioli
In this episode Alison is joined by guest Lauren Buglioli. Lauren is an actress who you may have seen in projects such as The Resident and Bad Boys For Life. She and Alison open up about their personal struggles with doubting their acting careers and how they emerge from doubt when the going gets tough. You’ll definitely be able to relate to at least one of the points we touch on in this episode.