Karen Bystedt recently posted a blog in The Network's Talent Community page highlighting some of the struggles of stars before they hit celebrity status. What did famous actors like Brad Pitt find most challenging about a fledgling career?
Brad Pitt and Trusting in the Universe
“I got an agent… but then that was half the battle. Here I was sitting in those audition rooms with all those people who I’d watched on TV and film my whole life, and I was intimidated as hell. I freaked out and couldn’t do anything for months. Nothing came out cause I was also intimidated by the casting directors. I finally had to kick myself in the butt and say, ‘Let’s go, cause here it is. Here is your dream, sitting right in your lap.’ And so I went.” - Brad Pitt
The trick is to work through those fears! Here are a few helpful hints:
• Casting directors are also praying to find the right person to fit the role. You just may be it, and discovering you could potentially be very good for their career as well. They might be looking for you!
• When you walk into the audition room, slow down and take your time, this is your time to shine!
• Trust in something higher than yourself!
“I just know that when you are one with God then credit’s going to go where credit’s due. The key is to rely on that and not to worry about things. DO NOT WORRY. Everyone worries out here. Worrying is the biggest waste of time, because things will work out if you have faith.” - Brad Pitt
Stress and negative self-talk will prevent you from reaching your dreams. The only person standing in the way of you is you. Fear is a very real emotion, yet there is nothing more refreshing, more positive, or more rewarding than doing the opposite of feeding the fear - Trusting. It can be a process, but you will break through if you believe in yourself, persevere, and trust that things will work out… and they will!
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Karen Bystedt has photographed everyone from Johnny Depp, Djimon Hounsou, Sandra Bullock, and Brad Pitt, to Andy Warhol. She has appeared on many TV interviews and speaking engagements, and continues to photograph up-and-coming actors and models, while living in Hollywood with her husband Fredrik and their bulldog, Gunnar.
She has just released a book on actors, "They Dared to Dream," with early photographs and inspirational interviews, as an eBook, available on Amazon Kindle, iPad, Nook and all eBook formats.