How To Overcome Social Phobia And Shyness As An Actor

how to overcome social phobia and shyness

Many actors report that they’ve started acting as a way to overcome shyness and gain confidence. And indeed, going on stage as a character can help you reinvent yourself in a way you would never be able to do in real life. But sometimes, actors remain shy and don’t know how to overcome social phobia and shyness in real life.

 

How to overcome social phobia and shyness easily

 

Shyness is a form of social anxiety. At some point in your life, you’ve been feeling anxious in the presence of new people. And someone labelled you as a « shy person ». Maybe someone who loved you deeply said that and you accepted it. But what if that person talked to you in a different way, encouraging you as the courageous person you are ?

Being shy is not BEING shy. It’s more ACTING shy… And that’s why many actors are able to overcome social phobia and shyness when they act.

To overcome social phobia and shyness, you must first realize that shyness is not you. It may be a part of you but it is not you.

You might wan’t to know how to overcome social phobia and shyness in order to be able to talk to people more easily. Acting is a social profession and you need to be at ease and comfortable with other people in order to succeed.

As shyness is a learned behavior, the good news is you can learn a new behavior to change it.

Can you remember a situation when you were very at ease with people ? People you knew, family or friends ? Can you recall how you act with people when you feel very confident around them ?

What did you do that you don’t do when you’re with strangers ? You start to see how to overcome social phobia and shyness…

 

Be the host

 

It is easier to overcome social phobia and shyness when you’re not thinking about what other people are going to think about you. Try being the host and making people feel comfortable. When you see how shy other people are, you can make them feel more comfortable by talking to them and being interested in them.

 

Relax

 

Social anxiety comes from the tensions that you have when you in society. By practicing relaxation more often, you will be able to release these tensions. You can learn to relax at home, then try it in a garden or a park, then in a crowded place. Even if you don’t talk to anyone, you will begin to feel more relaxed when you’re with other people. It will become a new skill that you can use in a more social venue where you have interactions with people.

 

Start small

 

Maybe you don’t know how to overcome social phobia and shyness because you never really tried. Start by taking some small steps. It might be making more eye contacts with people in the street or saying hello to your neighbours… And after a while you might catch yourself having a pleasant chit chat with someone.

 

How to overcome social phobia and shyness with hypnosis

 

Hypnosis is a great tool to help you overcome social phobia and shyness. Hypnosis will help you to relax and feel more at ease with yourself and other people. Being guided to relax and visualize yourself at ease in social situations will change your neurological patterns. You will activate new behaviors that you will automatically use in social situations. Your subconscious mind know how to overcome social phobia and shyness…

It’s a great way to improve your social skills. If you wan’t to go a step further a feel better socially, check these :

Overcome Shyness and Social Anxiety or Meeting people made easy

 

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How Can I Stop Procrastinating And Start Acting ?

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Procrastination is the ennemy for every worker. Every serious worker or entrepreneur asks himself « how can I stop procrastinating now ». Because procrastination makes you loose your money or your time.

When it comes to acting, procrastination can reveal your lack of self-belief, or your lack of organisation. Most of the time, we procrastinate because we simply don’t know where to start.

 

So How Can I Stop Procrastinating Now ?

 

Just do it ! Focus on starting

There’s a part of your brain that really doesn’t like to leave unfinished business. That’s the part of you that hates being interrupted because this part will continue to think about whatever you were doing.

That same part of you is the one which gets you stuck on Facebook because you don’t really know when it ends… You start checking your Facebook for 5 minutes and you stay for hours.

You can use this to your advantage ! How can I stop procrastinating by hacking my brain ?

Just start ! All you have to do is decide where to start, and just start the activity. If you’re working on a new play, you might start by reading it or printing your lines. Just focus on starting and you’ll be more likely to keep working after that.

 

Separate planning from doing

For the bigger projects, you might wan’t to plan your work and decide what you’ll do first. If you wan’t to write your own short film for example, you can cut this big task into smaller parts.

Take some time out to plan your work and decide the first tasks you’re going to achieve. Then decide a time to do it and write it down in your planning. You may wan’t to write the first thing you have to do to start the activity so that you’ll just have to start.

For your short film for example, you could decide that you first have to write down everything you wan’t to put in your film. And to start this activity, you just need to sit down with a pen and paper.

It’s a good idea to decide to allow yourself some time dedicated to planning every week.

 

How can I stop procrastinating with hypnosis

Sometimes, you don’t need to know how to stop doing something to stop doing it. You can also use hypnosis to stop procrastinating now. Hypnosis will use the power of your subconscious mind to help you.

You’re subconscious mind is not asking « How can i stop procrastinating ». Your subconscious mind is asking « what should i do next ». It’s waiting for the clear instructions from you conscious mind. But when you conscious mind is asking « how can i stop procrastinating », your subconscious mind just hear the keyword « procrastinating ».

You need to reframe your subconscious mind so that you get to work sooner and avoid distractions. Hypnosis will help you with that  :

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How to improve concentration

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Concentration is very important for actors. We use our memory and our concentration to re-create life on stage or in front of the camera. So how to improve concentration ?

Without concentration, it’s almost impossible to get things done as it leads to procrastination.

As actors, we are performers. We need to be able to perform under pressure and keep a strong concentration on stage.

Concentration is a skill that can be developped through training. Actors need to train their mind in order to be able to perform on stage. But the business of acting also requires a lot of concentration and self discipline as most of the time, you will be your own boss.

Sports psychology has produced a lot of useful research about concentration and performance.

Robert Nideffer PhD said :

« It is hard to imagine a variable more central to performance than the ability to direct and control one’s concentration »

 

Concentration is a limited ressource

 

You can’t use it on multiple things at the same time. And if you have to stay focused on something for too long, you might get tired and it will become harder to maintain your concentration.
Just as a muscle. If you it to much, you’ll get tired at some point. But if you never use it, it won’t grow. Concentration can be trained, just as a muscle. So you need to practice concentration and to get the proper rest so it will be easier to concentrate the next time.

Since concentration is a limited ressource, it is wiser to use it on relevant things.

What is relevant and what is not ?

Many authors insist that during performance as an actor, you should focus on 2 things only : your goal or objective for the scene, and your partner. You’re text is the last thing you should be focused on during performance. So it has to be dealt with earlier during the rehearsal process.

A good Meisner training will help you to improve your concentration on your partner. And a specific and meaningful goal will fuel your focus.

 

Improve concentration with relaxation

Concentration uses energy. Tension also uses energy.

Therefore, improved concentration is not the result of trying harder. In fact, concentration is better in a relaxed state known as the zone.

When you get in the zone, time seems to stand still or disappear. You move with ease and you have a complete focus on what you’re doing. This can happen naturally when you get involved in an activity that requires your complete focus.

You can find yourself in the zone at a moment of danger, when you have to use your physical abilities to save your life or avoid a threat.

 

How to improve concentration with hypnosis

 

Hypnosis for actors can help you increase your concentration. Hypnosis uses your imagination and focus in order to drive you in a state of focused relaxation called « trance state ».

How to improve concentration when you have so many things to do that you don’t know where to start ? Your concentration will improve the more you practice.

The first exercice will help you to enter easily into a trance state with your eyes open. You can use it anywhere to quiet your mind and improve your concentration.

The second exercice will improve your concentration by focusing your mind on your physical sensations.

 

Improve concentration with peripheral vision

 

For this first exercice, you just need to fix your eyes on a point in front of you. And with your eyes fixed, you aknowledge the objects that are in your peripheral vision, on your left, on your right, up and down. And by simply doing that, you will feel that your inner voice is getting silenced. This concentration exercice is often used by athletes and martial artists to get them in the « zone ».

 

Improve concentration with this hypnotic hands exercice

 

For this exercice, just place your hands in front of you as if you were holding a ball. Imagine this ball in your hands and start to feel as if this ball was growing. As you imagine that ball growing, allow your hands to move away from one another. You can feel as if the imaginary ball is pushing your hands. Then, imagine the ball becoming smaller, and your hands being attracted like magnets. You can play with that for as long as you wan’t !

 

How to improve concentration by reducing distractions

 

We are living in a world with constant distractions. We spend hours on facebook or email looking for the next casting call, and in the meantime we get distracted by cat pictures or wonderful pictures…

You can improve your concentration greatly by avoiding too many distractions. Train your mind to say no to distractions by limiting the distractions when working on your computer. Limit your Facebook and Twitter usage to the minimum and claim your mind back !

 

If you’re interested in going a step further and improve your concentration, you should consider these hypnosis session : Improve Concentration or Don’t get distracted

 

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