Character is a term used frequently around and about entertainers of all kinds, but it has many different contexts. A character actor might be someone who isn’t a leading man or woman, but having character is something everyone wants to claim. In order to develop the core character traits lauded in society, our parents teach us things like honesty, integrity, responsibility, and so forth. You have and will read many blogs about these ideals and how they will benefit your career endeavors, but one learned character trait talent frequently misunderstand is humility. Humility, as defined by the ever-respected Webster’s, is “a modest or low view of one’s importance.”
We all know that talent who never stops praising themselves in front of everyone else, and yes, we all find him/her annoying and shallow. So before we go farther, I want to make it clear that becoming that talent is not your goal.
On the flip-side, however, knowing how to be proud of the areas in which you excel is imperative to your success! If you have a “low or modest” view of how important you and your abilities are, everyone else will, too. And if the decision makers share your view, you will surely never book anything worthwhile. In other words, sometimes it’s ok to brag! This bragging should be rooted in an honest (ooops, there’s one of those character trait words!) and accurate perception of your skills and abilities, of course. We can’t all be good at everything! Confidence is attractive, so don’t hesitate to expound about an area where you excel. And don’t hush the ooh’s and ahh’s that follow. A simple smile or “thanks” will reassure everyone that you are truly special and impressive, but also refreshing and fun to be around. Being this talent instead of that one sets you apart from the masses and ensures a long lasting positive impression!