Boosting your confidence
A lack of confidence can affect all of us in our personal and professional lives, and this can sometimes hold members of our talented workforce back from excelling in their careers.
Examples of this include:
- Rapid promotion meaning it’s difficult to gain management experience along the way
- Feeling unsure about who and how to ask for support when you are struggling in a role
- Apprehension about stepping back into the industry after taking time out
Our pilot Confidence Booster Programme ran in Spring 2022 and was designed to support industry workers who face barriers caused, or made worse, by a lack of confidence. It was immediately clear how valuable the programme was to its participants, who were able to move forward with a renewed feeling of self-belief in themselves and their careers.
That’s why we’ve decided to curate some specific, valuable advice from our Confidence Booster coach, Kate Maxell, making more widely available some of the tools that everyone in the industry needs to combat a lack of confidence.
Together with Kate, we’ve produced three specific Confidence Boosting exercises. We’ve also collated advice regarding Imposter Syndrome, the impact of life experiences on your confidence, and the control you have over your own confidence.
You can also watch our recent Q&A with Kayleigh Llewellyn, which was hosted by Talent Manager. During that session, the BAFTA-winning writer and producer of ‘In My Skin’, and Film and TV Charity beneficiary, opened up about how her confidence has developed over the years. Watch the webinar now
Confidence Boosting Exercises
We’ve created Three Confidence Boosting Exercises for you to use (which you can access below)
- Ask Five People, Five Things: this activity invites you to collect feedback from various parts of your life, look at the strengths revealed and adjust your self-perception to be more positive
- Creating a Success Timeline: a practical tool to build up a view of your achievements, looking at the part you played, the strengths you used and celebrating your successes!
- How to – Internal Validation: internalising your successes and strengths is a crucial skill to practice improving your self-esteem and confidence levels; this worksheet shows you how
Sometimes, specific issues can impact confidence. We are here to help at all times, if you are experiencing bullying, harassment, or discrimination you can also access our Bullying Advice Service. Here you can speak to one of the team by calling our 24/7 free, confidential Film & TV Support Line.
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