2 Signs Fear Is Affecting Your Work (And How to Fix It)
The interesting thing I have discovered about fear is that most actors have compartmentalized the concept of fear and applied it mainly to a conscious fear of the audition room or performance anxiety. They have not acknowledged that fear is a sneaky infiltrator of the artist’s psyche. It buries itself inside the thought process, the preparation, and the character’s moments in the most harmful of ways. Identifying and managing fear can be one of the most freeing things an actor can do for their work—and subsequently, for their life.
Here are some common causes of fear infiltrating your work:
You are not master of the text. Words and sounds are not flowing confidently and you need more rehearsal with them.
You are not confident in the story. You have not found a way to connect emotionally to the event.
You do not trust yourself, the text, or the director. In your efforts to feel in control you refuse to believe in the choices of others.
Here are some manifestations of fear in your work:
You do not have control in your body and voice. Your performance is disconnected and you are not grounded in your body.
You lack imagination. You continually find yourself unable to reach a level of connection with other actors or with the emotional moment because you cannot imagine the believability of the circumstances.