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I Am Fighting The War of Art August 28, 2007

Posted by greenlavender in Acting, Art, Books, Inspiration, Life, Personal, Random.

I am petrified of being a great actor. I have been letting my fear get in the way. The thing is, I AM a great actor. I am just not using my full potential because of my fear.

I talked about the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield on my “About” page. I hadn’t picked up the book in a while. It’s exactly what I needed. Now I am kicking myself in the ‘derriere’ to just do it. I opened up the book at a random page and this is what I read:

Resistance and Fear

Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign.

Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.

Have you ever watched Inside the Actors Studio? The host, James Lipton, invariably asks his guests, “What factors make you decide to take a particular role?” The actor always answers: “Because I’m afraid of it.”

I have no more excuses.



1. He without a VTC - September 4, 2007

Chill, life is what you make of it.

2. greenlavender - September 4, 2007

Ha, ha, that’s great, thank you!

Now I have to guess who you are, ’cause I know I know you 😉

3. A1225 - September 12, 2007

I guess you need to face your fear and hopefully you will be able to conquer it. Good luck!!!

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