MODELING & TALENT
breakingintoshowbiz By Adam Hill
Getting Over Your
FEARS The only thing we have to
fear is fear itself... unless
you can learn to conquer it
and move on to success
ear can be deﬁned as “False Evidence Appearing Real.”
Translated, fear is the result of the unknown or per-
ceived. Giving into fear creates a roadblock to any and all
goals. The emotion brings all of our insecurities to the
surface. What if I’m not good enough? What if I fail?
What if there are others better than I? What if I don’t have talent?
What if...? Let’s eliminate from this exploration of fear the words,
We are all aware of the speed at which a child learns. During
the early years a child is fearless, nothing is impossible. That even-
tually begins to change. For example, nothing develops fear in an
adolescent faster than the belief he will be ridiculed or laughed at
by his peers.
The older we get the more we realize that fear immobilizes us.
Learned or perceived fears of success or failure, inadequacies, or
simply making fools of ourselves keep us from our dreams.
Because my main interest is people whose dreams involve a ca-
reer in show business, I will focus my attention on those individu-
als, but that doesn’t mean that everyone can’t learn a lesson here.
Let’s confront a possible fear: “Am I good enough?” If this is one
of your fears, ask yourself this question—am I spending too much
time processing my feelings of inadequacy and not enough time
developing my skills of adequacy? If you have a low opinion of
yourself as a craftsperson, do whatever is necessary to change that
opinion. If you don’t know enough about your craft, learn more.
Put yourself out on the limb.
Tony Award-winning actor Michael Jeter, when asked about
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his successful career, once said: “I never go out onto the limb. I go
out onto the twigs.” Believe me, there is more pain in never having
tried than falling on your face occasionally. Numbness is the result
of not trying and not feeling or experiencing life because you cut
yourself off from what you want the most.
The great Robert Schuller said, “If you listen to your fears, you
will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”
Be aware if one of your fears is the opinions of others. You
know who these people are. They are your family, friends, peer
groups, even strangers. No one has the right to have power over
you, your thoughts, and dreams.
There is great a story attributed to the painter Rossini, and it
begins with his visit to an art gallery. The dealer showed him
around the gallery, introducing the master to many of the up and
coming artists. When the tour was over, and not being particular-
ly impressed, Rossini asked the proprietor if he had any other
paintings in the rear of the gallery. The proprietor led Rossini into
the large storage area, where he was drawn to a stack of paintings
leaning against the far wall.
Rossini had to turn each of the paintings around as the propri-
etor had placed the paintings so the fronts faced the wall. Rossini’s
eyes lit up as he turned over one magniﬁcent painting after anoth-
er. Enthusiastically, he asked the name of this talented artist who
so excited him. The dealer admitted they were his own. He had
painted them 40 years earlier, and he had never painted since that
time. Rossini asked why, and the proprietor responded that critics
had convinced him he wasn’t very good. He believed what they had