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:
Practice projecting your emotions. How many times have you daydreamed about how you will express yourself when a particular situation arises? In the same way, we need to rehearse how we project our emotions in social situations. Try practicing emotional expression in front of a trusted friend or loved one. If someone has made you happy and joyous, rehearse how to show them in the moment. Showing love and laughter can strengthen bonds, and learning how to express anger, sorrow and fear in appropriate ways will improve your ability to communicate and foster understanding.