• Jo Kelly

When your inner critic and fear take over your performance, what do you do?

As actors, you’re probably well prepared and passionate about your work. However, when you hear “action” and especially when there's a big opportunity in front of you, like an important audition or a big project, your inner critic and fears sometimes take over your performance. You hear a voice that starts judging what you’re doing and that takes you out of your character. You may even feel it in your body and shrink.


Inevitably this can affect your booking ratio since you’re not able to be free and present for your character’s needs. This can be extremely frustrating and unfulfilling. You stop enjoying the process and take all this frustration into the next audition. No matter how many classes you take, somehow that inner critic and fear keep showing up.


Most people think that the main reason for your inner critic to show up is a lack of training or the need to improve and become a “better” actor. However, the voice that takes over your system is not an “inner critic” but a trained “outer critic”. It has nothing to do with you. When you watch my training below you will discover that you’ve been raised in an environment where you had to fit, please and succeed according to what others believe success means. Also, at home, you were encouraged to behave, think and feel in the way your parents thought that was “good” and “right” instead


of following your instinct. And then, in school, you were asked to do and learn what you were told. If you did it “well”, you got compensation. If not, you were punish


ed and judged.


So every step that you take in your acting has to do with making sure that you are “good” and “right”, that you don’t make mistakes and that you adapt your performance in a way that pleases others. So all your attention goes to what others expect of you.


When you do that, you as an artist disappear since art is about being the truthful, authentic, free and unique version of you and about being able to surrender to that, no matter what it looks like.


However, when you undo that conditioning and reawaken your true, instinctive self; you’re able to connect to yourself; enjoy your instinct, opinions and emotions; and show up as an artist with a unique perspective on the material that is given to you to defend.


Watch my training below to hear all my thoughts on this topic.



After you watch the training, I'd love for you to join in the conversation happening in our private Facebook Group. You can get answers for your specific situation directly from me and connect with HUNDREDS of like-minded actors across the globe, so we can move things forward faster together!


If you're not already a member, be sure to request to join ASAP.


See you there!


Jo Kelly

Creator, The Reset Journey From Resistance to Freedom


P.S. Whenever you're ready, here are two ways I can help you:

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