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What’s the best advice for overcoming fears and insecurities about your type and look as an actor?

“I’m not a beautiful or incredibly handsome actor and I am insecure about how I look in a profession obsessed with perfection. Can I really work as an actor?” Today’s Blog addresses this very honest and vulnerable question.


Hey everyone,

A common question I get is this: “I’m not a beautiful or incredibly handsome actor and I am insecure about how I look in a profession obsessed with perfection.  Can I really work as an actor?”
What an honest, beautiful question. I’m going to quote Sandy, he says, “It takes 20 years to be an actor and a major part of that apprenticeship has nothing to do with acting and everything to do with overcoming all your insecurities and your fears about what people think about you.” He said, “To be an interesting actor, hell, to be an interesting human being you must be authentic. And for you to ever be authentic you must embrace who and what you really are. Do you have any idea how liberating that is to truly not care what people think about you? That’s what we’re here to do.” Now those are Sandy’s words and there’s just so much wisdom there that we can spend the rest of our lives growing into. We all need to be kinder to ourselves; to accept who we are, warts and all, our physical deficiencies, our emotional deficiencies.

You know, everybody has a type and a range. You can’t play everything; you can’t be everything. But man, you can own what you are and you can be the best version of that. Size 2, size 22, there’s parts for all and if you look at it like a slice of pie, the opportunities for women are dramatically less than for men and especially for women as they get “older” in an industry that is obsessed with youth and beauty, and there’s a great truth to that for sure. But turn on your television and really watch TV for an hour today and check out how many people are just “normal” looking, both in the commercials and the shows.

And the final thing I want to add to that is not only do you have to make peace with it and continue to do that work (and you must! If you compare what you’re not with what everybody else is, you’re always going to feel horrible), but I guarantee you there’s a size 6 wishing they were a size 2, so there’s that. If you can flip it, it’s all how you look at it, it really is. One of my great teachers who passed away recently, Wayne Dyer, used to say, “You change the way you look at something and the thing you look at will immediately change.” If you’re in a relationship and all you’re focusing on is how horrible and what a crappy partner they are, that’s all you’re going to see.

And if you can flip it and focus on what they are (by that, I mean the good things) and if that’s all you’re focusing on, after a while that relationship will change. So the same thing with ourselves, you’ve got to do that work. If I’m your agent, how am I going to be excited about you if you’re not, right? Or anyone buying your talent. It’s imperative that you do that work and make peace with who you are and what you have to offer. It’s a lifetime lesson and you’ve got to do the work daily so you get empowered, you get confident, and you fall in love with yourself.



I’d like to invite you to check out my Artistic Family Newsletter. These newsletters are for any actor in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Europe, and beyond because my goal every week is to empower, inspire, and educate any actor living anywhere who has the burning desire to really do this.

I believe these newsletters are the best of what I do as an acting teacher and it’s free to you, so join our family today by going here and signing up.



When you register today I’ll also send you the link to my Q&A Webinar that was held a few weeks back. This hour long video Webinar was a wonderful exchange between myself and dozens from our Artistic Family members so I hope you’ll enjoy the information as much as I enjoyed sharing it.

Ok, see you next Wednesday so until then my very best to you,



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