Being in the arts can be the most creative, fulfilling and rewarding jobs out there…when it’s going well. But, when the auditions aren’t rolling in and it’s just you, your sofa and your laptop, it can also be the most demoralising.

Being in the arts can be the most creative, fulfilling and rewarding jobs out there…when it’s going well. But, when the auditions aren’t rolling in and it’s just you, your sofa and your laptop, it can also be the most demoralising. 

Self-employment comes with it’s own challenges, you have to be motivated, set your own rules and intentions, and when your goals don’t come to fruition, procrastination sets in. 

The industry has changed somewhat over the past couple of years and people’s lives have become readily available on social media. We scroll through our favourite celebrities and influencers, and we see their perfect lives and their sculpted bodies slapped across our screens, and we buy into it. We decide from a tiny filtered photograph that we are no longer good enough, pretty enough, successful enough, worthy enough, and so the cycle turns. 

If it’s not enough to be told you’re “too tall” or “too fat” or “just not funny enough” in an audition room, we now have to be reminded of this all over our phones. And herein seeps the self-doubt, which feeds the anxiety. 

Anxiety can be so crippling, it strips us from our rational thoughts and chucks us into the unknown of uncertain outcomes in which we can indulge for some time. It is isolating and hugely overwhelming, and if we’re not careful it is all consuming. 

So, how we do prevent the cycle?

 “Your intent is for the future but your attention is in the present. As long as your attention is in the present, then your intent for the future will manifest because the future is created in the present.”
Deepak Chopra 

Often, anxiety is made up of irrational foreseeing that escalates into our worst nightmare. So, instead, focus on the now, engage the frontal lobe of the brain, and then we are able rationalise our thoughts and gain perspective. 

So, today I will share with you my truth – I have come to learn that being an actor and self-employed is not for me. Disclosure – this is the first time I am officially saying this, and it’s pretty scary. I am made up of organised fun, I thrive off routine and love structure and I still struggle with anxiety. 

We all have our own story and our truth, lets be kinder to each other and appreciate that we are all going through our own struggle. 

Finally, allow me to leave you with a couple of words from H. Jackson Brown –

“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.

Lizzie Barker
Contributor

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