Not all of us are blessed with high levels of confidence in ourselves. Most of us at some point in our lives have felt that sinking feeling of doubt as we consider our own abilities. For some people low confidence levels are a more serious problem and can have a profound impact in many different areas of life.
Even for the more confident amongst us the occasional bout of self-doubt can have a negative effect – often during job interviews or in our attempts to develop our careers. For those with more profound issues, low self-esteem often develops early in childhood and the implications can last a lifetime. However, there are several ways in which to learn to deal with confidence issues ranging from the more traditional methods, such as therapy and confidence building classes, to the less traditional method of having a bit of fun and taking acting classes. The latter may seem an odd route at first glance to dealing with issues of confidence but it can, and often is, be the best method for many people.
Getting Naked in Public
Actors make a living by getting up on stage in front of (hopefully) large groups of people and becoming the focus of that group’s attention for several hours. In the course of a performance they are expected to play characters who may have attributes that are very definitely not their own. They may need to play despicable or lovable characters and even, on occasion, get thoroughly naked. They do this all under the glare of a (hopefully) adoring public, but possibly under the glare of a highly annoyed or bored one.
Self-confidence under these circumstances is essential and yet, surprisingly, it’s not a natural trait in all (or even many) actors. The truth is almost entirely the opposite and throughout history some of the greatest performers have admitted to the fact that they have been frequently affected by crippling bouts of stage fright. When it comes to getting over self-confidence issues, it’s this reason that acting can be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Broad Skill Development
Acting classes don’t necessarily focus directly on self confidence building but use a range of techniques to develop acting and communication skills. The ability to get out on stage in front of people and perform is, of course, essential and building confidence is a crucial part of the process for all actors.
However, because it’s not necessarily a specific focus but part of a more rounded development this can make acting classes an easier way to develop your confidence. By focussing on a range of skills it also develops slightly more than simple confidence and can also improve team skills, communication skills and abilities at empathising with others.
Creating a New Skin
Building confidence in children from an early age will help to improve their chances in life in many different ways. Regardless of their existing levels of confidence acting, dance and drama classes can help them to develop their abilities in many areas. However, at any age drama and acting allow us to lose a few inhibitions, simply by virtue of the fact that we are busy pretending to be someone else (ask any actor/ress who’s been required to remove their clothing in public and they’ll verify it helps to be imagining it’s not you doing it!).
Acting and dance also require high levels of self-expression and also offer the freedom to break away from our own worries and take on another (more confident) skin. In the real world, the ability to do this can have a seriously positive impact in many areas of our lives. While not the most traditional route to self-confidence building, acting classes can achieve the same results – often more – than specific self-confidence building techniques.
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Article by Bob Emerald
Bob Emerald is a freelance writer who is interested in personal development. He’s found that acting classes London can help to develop many new skills and boost self-confidence.