Confidence is very important in acting, because it allows you to be more confident in your abilities, and helps you compete against other actors in auditions. Having confidence will also make you feel more comfortable in a scene. If you feel you are lacking confidence in acting, then follow these tips. Remember many actors when they first started out were lacking confidence or were shy. Below are things you can do as actors to build confidence in yourself, and your acting.
Lessons are always an important way of gaining confidence. If you start signing up for acting lessons, you will not only gain more knowledge and experience, but you will also learn to be more confident in yourself. Regular lessons means you are being exposed to acting frequently. Lessons can be very fun, exciting and informative, which will boost your confidence because you are learning many styles and techniques. Script work, improvisation and other areas that you focus on in lessons will give you more practice, which will give you more confidence.
Being in an interview or an audition will also give you more experience and practice. For example, if you decided to audition for plays frequently, you will gain experience each time. For the first time, things can be quite unusual, scary and nervous sometimes, but as you get used to the process of auditions you will become more confident as you know what to expect. Attending as many auditions as you can will help boost your confidence, because it is all about frequent practice, and performing whenever you can.
People may feel a lack of confidence because of mistakes they have done, or they feel weak in certain areas. If you feel you are lacking confidence because of perhaps a bad audition, or a critical comment, do not let that pull you down! Work on the area that you are weak at. Think what is the problem, and how do I solve it for the next time. Then next time, if you try again in front of a casting director, teacher or parent, and you know you have done better, you will feel more confident in yourself because you know you will not be nervous about it.
To conclude, confidence is a key issue. Over confidence is always bad, but having confidence, being reassured in yourself and trusting yourself is vital. If you trust yourself and your abilities, which you should always do, then your talent will shine. Good luck!