But just like anyone who steps before an audience, sometimes we’re paralyzed by stage fright, says award-winning film director, producer and writer Dr. Richard R. Reichel, who authored the new book, “Everybody is an Actor,” a guide to achieving success in the film industry and in life.


“Stage fright undermines concentration and we lose our character objective,” he says. “Why do so many people cower in light of their dreams? Why do they procrastinate on getting their degree? Why do they tremble at the thought of approaching Mr. or Ms. Right? It’s because of stage fright.”


To overcome it, Reichel offers this tip from the Psychophantic System he developed to mold both life and film actors:


Control stress with a “mind walk” and “confocal contemplation.” Today, stress is associated with a variety of chronic illnesses. In addition to regular exercise and sleep nourishment, consider a “mind walk,” or a pleasant thought that stops the stress and replaces it with something positive. In the same vein, practice “confocal contemplation” by allowing your mind to wander into a cloudlet of peace and relaxing your body. Then, while thoughts are peacefully drifting, flex your feet, ankles, calves, shins, knees, buttocks and hips – and release. Feel the weight of your entire body while your mind remains free, and repeat the exercise.