Flying close to the flame
Nicole Kidman has talked about many personal qualities and experiences that relate to being a gifted and talented person with multiple abilities.
“You live with a lot of complicated emotions as an actor, and they whirl around you and create havoc at times. And yet, as an actor you’re consciously and unconsciously allowing that to happen…
“It’s my choice, and I would rather do it this way than live to be 100… Or rather than choosing not to exist within life’s extremities. I’m willing to fly close to the flame.” ///
Impostor Feelings and High Sensitivity
“Every time I star in a film, I think I cannot act. I’ve tried to pull out of almost every one I’ve done because of sheer terror. I can always come up with a list of actresses who would do better and try to convince the director to cast someone else. My mother keeps telling me to call it quits. She thinks my nature is too fragile for acting.”
See more of her quotes, plus comments by teachers, psychologists and other experts on gifted children and adults in Nicole Kidman – a brief annotated profile.
Many talented and creative people experience impostor feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their success. Valerie Young, Ed.D. is an expert on impostor syndrome and commented in an Entrepreneur magazine article:
“Millions of people, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, have a hard time internalizing their accomplishments.”
– See more in article: Getting beyond impostor feelings.
Mihaela Ivan Holtz, Psy.D., LMFT helps people in TV and film, performing and fine arts.
She also writes about the pleasures and emotional challenges of being creative on her site Creative Minds Psychotherapy.
Here is an excerpt from one of her related articles on the site:
As a creative or as a performer your mind is inhabited by ideas, images, musical sounds, lyrics, and shades of color that come and go, like a story, a dance, a song or, or a movie…
Deeply engaged with what’s going on within, you’re often on a quest to express your inner world in your art.
When inspiration flows, you live in the emotional creative space of ideas, feelings, thoughts.
Your mind becomes the story, the music, the dance, the acting, the lyrics… And them, your visions must be transformed from fantasy into reality.
When you are fully present there, in your creative emotional space, your personal experiences become one with your yearnings, passion, and talents to bring to reality what you feel the world needs to see, be touched by, or transformed by.
Thus, your creative emotional space is the source of your inspiration.
Yet, in this emotional space you can get trapped by some emotional pain or conflicts.
Read more in my article
Doing creative work with a confusion of emotion